Sugar Bowl gets new chairlift for 2009/10
Thu 20 August 09
the new chairlift in the resort in California, USA will take riders to the ridge top of Mt. Judah, dropping them off just below the summit and provide easier access to the backcountry
Sugar Bowl Resort announced today that the historic ski resort atop Donner Summit, in operation since 1939, will install a new chairlift this summer, accessing the Judah Bowl area of the mountain. Located within the resort’s already approved and current United States Forest Service (USFS) special use permit boundary, the new chairlift will take skiers and riders to the ridge top of Mt. Judah, dropping them off just below the summit. While skiers and riders can currently access this skiable acreage by hiking, the new lift will allow the resort to maximize usage of, and access to, skiable terrain within the currently permitted boundary. The chair, a CTEC-built Garaventa fixed-grip quad, will have an uphill capacity of 1,200 people per hour.
Resort management explains the decision as not only beneficial to skiers and riders looking for more terrain and value from their ski experience at Sugar Bowl – the resort will increase lift capacity while not increasing lift ticket prices in 2009/10 – but also as a critical move toward remaining competitive in the market place. “Operating as a mid-sized resort in Tahoe, we look to maximize our skiable acreage so that skiers and riders are free to explore more of the mountain”, explained Sugar Bowl’s President and CEO Rob Kautz, “and doing so will help to maintain our economic viability in the industry and on Donner Summit”. The skiable terrain will remain natural, with no new ski trails cut. The construction should get underway in late July and be completed by October, fully operational for the 2009/10 ski season.
Environmental impacts of the project will be minimal, as the USFS requires strict adherence to construction standards. No merchantable trees will be removed, no roads constructed, no tractor grading is required, and the towers and top terminal will be helicopter lifted in to hand-dug footings, minimizing overall impact. Visual impact will also be nominal, as top and bottom terminals will be low-profile and painted to blend into their surroundings. All signage and roping will be removed in summer months, and since the top terminal is below the summit, the lift will not be visible from Truckee.
Sugar Bowl’s impressive access to backcountry terrain will remain intact, with rules and regulations not affected. The new chairlift will deposit skiers and riders at the summit of some of the best “sidecountry” terrain – areas beyond the resort’s boundary yet legally accessible – in the region. “With the new chairlift will come an increase in educational programs targeting safe touring and skiing in the backcountry”, said director of sales and marketing John Monson. “Skiers and riders looking for a little more adventure will be able to sign up for professionally-guided backcountry tours, gaining the snow safety skills required to enjoy the sidecountry powder skiing just beyond the ski area boundary”. Sugar Bowl will partner with several local backcountry organizations, including long-time Donner Summit operation and American Mountain Guide Association certified Alpine Skills International to lead backcountry tours and educational programs.
Thu 20 August 09, Lake Louise, Canada
It might be time to crank up the ol snow watch blog again, as Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village are the first N.Hemisphere resorts to report some snow, and its only mid-august.
Fri 21 August 09, Cardrona, New Zealand
Hot on the heels of the NZ open, the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup Halfpipe kicks off Wednesday 26 August at Cardrona as part of the NZ Winter Games, and Shaun White has confirmed his participation along with numerous other top names
Sat 22 August 09, Sugarloaf, USA
$1.8 million is being spent this summer for the new season, with new snowmaking, modifications to lifts to improve wind resistance, and upgrades the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel topping the list of upgrades.
Sat 22 August 09, Whitetail Resort, USA
$1.8million is being spent over the summer in improvements. A new half pipe in the Jib Junction Terrain Park, located on the Angel Drop trail. A brand new beginner terrain park, located on the Snow Park trail replacing the former half pipe. New magic carpet lift and 24 new Areco fan snow guns to the mountain complete the spending
Mon 24 August 09, Sunday River, USA
There's no major new replacement of lifts or additional snowmaking, but just over $2million is being spent overhauling their lifts and snowmaking