The new Summit chairlift at Whitewater Ski Resort should be complete in four weeks.                                 Photo courtesy of Whitewater Ski Resort

The new Summit chairlift at Whitewater Ski Resort should be complete in four weeks. Photo courtesy of Whitewater Ski Resort

Whitewater chairlift construction on schedule

New Summit Chair should be completed in four weeks

This week Whitewater Ski Resort transported a 61,000-pound station to the top of their Summit chairlift, after weeks of rock-blasting and using helicopters to fly concrete up the slope.

“This was no easy feat seeing as, when combined with the dolly, this was over 70,000 pounds of weight to be moved up a significantly steep slope. Alpine Logging took days to get the proper transportation and equipment to be able to tackle the task,” the resort’s Rebeckah Hornung told the Star.

“This step in the process of installing the new Lietner Poma fixed grip quad chair was a big one as it was such a complex task.”

They are now looking at four weeks until full completion of the lift. The first load of towers arrived this past week and the rest are scheduled to arrive next week. They will be flown into place the first week of October, followed by the haul rope and then the chairs itself.

This is the resort’s first quad chair. It’s one of a few improvements residents can look forward to, including a new skier services lodge, a new guest services building and renovations to the Glory Lodge — they’re even adding more parking.

“The passion and common vision of creating a better experience for our guests resonates with the entire team as they are all guests of the resort themselves,” said Hornung.

Whitewater will update slope enthusiasts via their blog at skiwhitewater.com.