Whitewater Ski Resort says one of its three chair lifts will be shut down for up to a month.
The resort said in a statement on Jan. 19 that its 30-year-old Silver King chair requires a repaired bearing in its bottom bullwheel. That leaves Whitewater with only its Summit and Glory chairs operating.
Silver King’s shut down also means visitors won’t have access to the resort’s few green runs, which Whitewater acknowledged.
“We are very much aware that this closure impacts our guests’ experience, specifically that of our beginner skiers and riders. We will provide another update Friday for our pass holders and guests that will outline enhancements to operations and services at the resort that will allow increased enjoyment in the absence of the Silver King Lift service.”
To make up for the loss of Silver King, Whitewater said it will add a number of initiatives:
• Extending operation of the Glory chair by 30 minutes, as well as complimentary shuttle service departing from Glory Lodge at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
• Uphill touring along Quartz Ski Way into the Silver King terrain.
• Additional grooming to Sleeper and Summit Ski Way routes on the Summit side as well as to Glory’s Claim Jumper and Backside Ski Way routes. The resort is also making improvements to the unload ramps to facilitate for beginners and adding signage.
• Passholders receive a food and beverage discount of 20 per cent, excluding alcohol and service at Coal Oil Johnny’s Pub, and complimentary nordic and snowshoe rentals.
“Thank you all for your patience throughout this repair. No one at Whitewater wanted this to occur, and we all share the same, singular goal: to get you, your family, and your friends back on the Silver King chair, as soon as possible. All of our actions are with that in mind.”
School District 8 superintendent Trish Smillie said in a statement the district is in conversation with the resort to determine whether or not school trips to Whitewater this month need to be cancelled. If that happens, Smillie said families will be notified ahead of time.
Whitewater is preparing to introduce a new quad-seat chair lift for the 2023-24 season. The new chair will be installed next to Silver King but run to a higher elevation and add access to more than 160 new acres.