New Lift Planned For Whitefish Resort!
Wed 30 April 14
After another record breaking season, Whitefish Mountain Resort is already looking forward to entering the 2014/2015 season with more than $2.4 million in improvements.
New Lift Planned For Whitefish Resort! © skiwhitefish.com/
he investment is evident of the resort’s ongoing commitment to providing its guests with quality experiences on and off the mountain.
Whitefish Mountain Resort is located at The Big Mountain in northwestern Montana, located west of Glacier National Park in the Flathead National Forest. It is 4 miles (6 km) from the town of Whitefish and 21 miles (34 km) north of the city of Kalispell. The area currently has 9 chairlifts: 3 high-speed detachable quads and 6 fixed grip (2 quads and 4 triples). There are also three surface lifts: two T-bars and a magic carpet.
The resort will complete its two-year $1.29 million Flower Point Project by installing a fixed-grip triple chairlift to the north side of the mountain for the 2014/2015 season. This will open up access to new runs and glading from the top of Flower Point creating an additional 200 acres of lift-served terrain and will provide more dependable conditions early and late season on its north-facing slopes.
“The Flower Point Chair will create a stand-alone pod of skiing where our guests can take advantage of some of the best snow conditions at our resort,” Whitefish Mountain Resort President Dan Graves said. “We’ve already received positive feedback from our guests about the new runs we opened last season in the area, and we anticipate the lift and additional acreage will be the icing on the cake.”
The Flower Point Project added four new runs for winter 2013/2014, and with the addition of the chairlift four more runs will greet skiers and snowboarders this coming season. Flower Point is so named for the wildflower-covered alpine meadow on its peak and offers a spectacular view of the North Fork area in Glacier National Park. In tribute to this national treasure, most runs are named after locales in the national park: North Fork, Whiskey Spring, Big Creek, Inside Road, Outside Road, and Hidden Meadow. An additional run, Ridge Run, will run along the northeast boundary of the resort. The lift will also provide access to a sixth new run yet to be named on the south side of Flower Point.
Also in its second year of improvements, the Base Lodge will undergo a half-million dollar renovation this summer and fall. Construction has begun on several projects which will include an expansion of the food court area, and an additional cashier station which will improve the efficiency and flow as well as provide new food stations creating more options for guests. Additionally the Coffee Bar will be relocated and offer guests window access from the outside patio area and a new seating area will provide indoor seating for customers as well as overflow seating for the Base Lodge Café.
Further Base Area improvements include a new parking lot near the Base Lodge that will accommodate up to 300 cars and an additional shuttle van for free transportation between the Base Area, Upper Village and lodging areas. On-snow improvements include the purchase of two snowcats and upgrades to snowmaking in the beginner ski areas. New scanning technology will also be purchased to improve speed and processing at restaurants, rental and retail shops and lifts.
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