Big Mountains big plans

Sat 02 September 06

There's a new $10million Day Lodge and beginner skiing area project, and next season (2007/8) will see the Glacier Chaser replaced with a quad chair

Big Mountain in Montana, has unveiled its new $10 million Day Lodge and beginner skiing area project which will create a central location for mountain services including the Snowsports School, kids' center and day care facility, rental shop, full-service cafeteria, main ticket office, guest services, seasonal lockers, group space, and day-use basket-check.

In addition, plans include a viewing lounge to enable guests to watch skiers and snowboarders on the beginner slopes, as well as additional parking and drop-off zones. The resort is also installing a new beginner chairlift to the east of the Big Easy carpet lift.

Next summer, Big Mountain will be replacing the Glacier Chaser (Chair 1) with a new lift. The new lift will be a quad detachable chairlift in the same alignment as the existing lift. The construction of the new lift will start in early summer, with a September completion anticipated. Unfortunately, the construction schedule will eliminate lift service to the summit of the mountain next summer.

Big Mountain is scheduled to re-open for ski and snowboard operations on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, conditions permitting.

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