One of the biggest ski resort projects happening right now in the Northeast is the West Mountain expansion at Sugarloaf. Twelve new trails are being added, which will be of easy and intermediate difficulty. The development will also bring a large amount of new real estate developments to the ski resort.
The new chairlift, which originally served as the Swift Current 4 over at Big Sky Resort, is a Doppelmayr high-speed quad. It will have a capacity of 2400 people per hour, a vertical rise of 1,433 feet, and a ride time of just under seven minutes. The lift line for the West Mountain Double chairlift, which had a run time of around 20 minutes, is being significantly shortened for a faster journey up.
A couple of weeks ago, WSKI TV 17 Snowfields Productions traveled up to West Mountain to see how construction is going. While WSKI TV was up there, they spoke with Brent Larsen, who is the Director of Mountain Operations, and Seth Warman, the Director of Snow Surfaces. Rainfall has made work challenging, but they’re making quick progress on the new trails & lift line.
One of the key points from the video is that the projected opening date has been moved to this December. Originally, they aimed to open the new chairlift in January or February of 2024.