Summit at Snoqualmie to get a new Quad Chair
Thu 03 July 08
The Summit at Snoqualmie has received the green light from the United States Forest Service to begin the installation of a new high-speed quad chairlift, named Silver Fir Express
The Summit at Snoqualmie has received the green light from the United States Forest Service to begin the installation of a new high-speed quad chairlift, named Silver Fir Express. Located just East of The Summit's Central Base Area , the new Silver Fir Express will replace the current Silver Fir triple chair, originally installed in 1988. Construction is expected to be completed in November, 2008, meaning the chair will be open to the public in time for the start of the 2008-2009 winter season.
Work is beginning this week on disassembly of the current Silver Fir triple chairlift. The project, costing an estimated $4.5 million, will continue throughout the summer and fall and involve the use of a helicopter to install the new chairlift towers. The process will be documented through photos and video on The Summit's website.
While this new lift will serve the same terrain as the existing chair, ride times and lift capacities will be dramatically improved. The length of ride time will shorten from its current 10-plus minute ride to just over four minutes. Lift capacity will increase to 2400 skiers per hour.
"We are very excited to break ground on this highly-anticipated improvement project. Silver Fir serves as a means of access to many of our gladed trails and allows for easy connectivity between two of our base areas - Summits Central and East," said Dan Brewster, general manager for The Summit. "This improvement marks the start of an exciting new phase at The Summit."
Thu 03 July 08, Cardrona, New Zealand
New Zealand has once again secured a stop on the prestigious FIS World Cup circuit, with Snow Sports New Zealand hosting the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup Half Pipe at Cardrona Alpine Resort in Lake Wanaka on September 6 - 7
Thu 03 July 08
Lake Wanaka's 2008 ski season is officially underway with all four fields open for business.
Sun 06 July 08, Snowpark, New Zealand
Little bit late posting this but permission has been granted in NZ for a gondola to link Snow Park NZ, Waiorau Snow Farm and a third planned ski area, Roaring Meg Resort.
Sun 06 July 08, Selwyn Snowfields, Australia
Australian resort Selwyn Snowfields has bought a triple chairlift from Mt.Buller which will be installed at the end of the season ready for the 2009 season
Mon 07 July 08, Halifax Ski Centre, United Kingdom
It was a rainy start to the opening event of the 2008 British Snow Tour in Halifax over the weekend, but spirits weren't dampened as over 70 of the UK's top snowboarders and freeskiers, charged the kickers and threw down technical rail tricks during the Quiksilver Big Air Championships and Rail Jam