New lifts planned for Schweitzer in 2019-2020 season

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Schweitzer Mountain Resort announced Thursday that it will be replacing the Snow Ghost double chair – or Chair 6 as locals call it – with two new lifts during the summer of 2019.

A still frame from aerial drone footage filmed by Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

One lift will start near Cedar Park and unload at the current Snow Ghost midway station with the second lift providing summit access from a location near Will’s Runout and Vagabond.

Schweitzer began initial clearing of these areas this summer, as well as securing power to the future lift sites.

Schweitzer spend over 1.5 million dollars in capital investments this summer, including the purchase of a new grooming snow cat, updating electrical lines for Sky House on the summit, carpet and flooring replacements, an extension of the Musical Carpet beginner conveyor lift from 250 feet to 380 feet in length, as well as lift maintenance on the Great Escape Quad and Musical Chairs lifts.

Also this summer, Schweitzer began a partnership with Intermax to provide improved bandwidth at the resort. This will improve the free access to WiFi and internet services for guests while in Schweitzer’s village. The project is slated to be completed in time for the 2018/19 winter season.

This summer, it was announced that the SPOT Bus will take over shuttle operations from the Red Barn parking lot to Schweitzer’s base area. The service will utilize a new fleet of buses specifically ordered for the Schweitzer route and will operate on the established winter schedule as in previous seasons.

For more information or details, contact Dig Chrismer at [email protected].

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