Whitewater to replace Summit chair lift

The 41-year-old lift will be taken down in the summer with a new one ready to go in December.

Whitewater's Summit chair lift is set to be replaced this summer.

Whitewater's Summit chair lift is set to be replaced this summer.

A big upgrade is coming to Whitewater next winter.

The ski resort announced plans Monday to replace the 41-year-old Summit chair lift in the off season. The replacement would start operating with the start of the next ski season in December.

“The team at Whitewater is really excited to be able to further improve the experience we offer here at the resort,” said general manager Kirk Jensen in a statement. “It is going to be a significant upgrade for the resort and ultimately for our guests.”

The lift will remain in its same location, but will feature the removal of the chair’s centre pole, more comfortable seats and easier loading and unloading.

The replacement will mark Whitewater’s first major chair construction since the addition of the Glory lift in 2010.