^Old Chair 8 position on left. New on right.
Whitefish Mountain Resort underwent a huge change last summer. The resort decided to move Chair 8 in Hellroaring Basin to a more advantageous position for skier distribution across the mountain.
Here’s the explanation from Whitefish:
“In its earlier configuration, there was no easy way to access Hellroaring Basin besides a cat track, and limited options to get from the top of the lift directly back into the basin without adding a front side run. It was further hampered by a long outrun to get to the bottom of the lift, where the early season snowpack was often thin.”
Today is the last day of the season for Chair 8 and Hellroaring Basin, and Whitefish is celebrating the successful project. The resort claims that it was efficient at spreading at spreading out skiers on the mountain, and that it carried 50% more riders.
Moving a chairlift is a pretty big undertaking that costs a lot of money. It’s refreshing to see a resort spend money to improve their guest experience by moving a chairlift rather than make excuses or avoid the problem all together.
Well done Whitefish!
Featured Image Credit: Whitefish Mountain Resort