FUTURE PROJECTS Always dreaming about what may be...
In April 2013, the Flathead National Forest approved a plan to add approximately 200 acres of lift-served skiing including 32 acres of cleared runs, additional gladed areas and a fixed-grip triple chairlift. The project will be constructed in two phases and be completed for the 2014-2015 Winter Season.
The first phase (Summer and Fall 2013) of the project will include the purchase of a chairlift. Timber clearing will begin mid-summer and most of the work is expected to be completed by fall 2013. Concrete work for towers may also occur in this phase. The second phase will begin summer 2014 when towers will be erected and terminals installed.
Four new groomable named runs and two connector runs will be added to the areas currently known as Stumptown and Window Pane. The runs are expected to be intermediate level and will be kept fairly narrow with tree islands and feathered edges to maintain a natural feel and experience. The six named runs will help guests and ski patrol better identify their location in the area.
The additional acreage is located within Whitefish Mountain Resort’s special use permit area, however has been considered out-of-bounds to guests and will remain so until the project is complete.
Download the PDF or view a map of this proposed expansion in the slideshow above. Click to enlarge.
In 2009 Whitefish Mountain Resort submitted an addendum to the Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain Master Plan to the US Forest Service proposing a new three-phase plan for lifts that would provide additional uphill capacity out of the Base Lodge, reduce congestion on Chair 1, and spread skiers more across the mountain. These projects were approved by the USFS in early 2011.
Phase 1: Base Lodge Lift
Completed for the 2011/2012 winter season, the installation of a base lodge lift (Bad Rock) alleviates congestion at Chair 6 and provides access to Chair 4. The chair also is included in summer operations providing uphill service for zip line tours and could be used for access to future mountain bike trails. This lift is located on resort property, not Forest Service land.
Phase 2: Move Chair 5 to the East Rim area.
The East Rim area encompasses approximately 200 acres of intermediate and advanced terrain including runs, chutes, trees and bowls. Currently there is no direct lift access to the East Rim; it is skied to by using Chair 1 and descending Fill Hill (Ant Hill). Once skiers exit the area they must take a long traverse back to the lifts. Chair 5 is rarely used (only on high volume days) because Chair 1 provides access to the same terrain. Moving Chair 5 would allow an underutilized lift to create improved access to the East Rim. The bottom of the lift would be placed near the intersection of Moe-Mentum and Russ's Street runs. The top terminal would be located on the knob to the east of the top of Moe-Mentum providing 360 degrees of skiing including access to the back side of the mountain.
- Improve the skier experience by eliminating long traverse to lift plaza
- Alleviate congestion on Chair 1 and at the summit
- Take pressure off Fill Slope (Ant Hill)
- Provide access to East Rim and North Side
- Spread skiers across more of the mountain
Phase 3: Extend Chair 4 to Inspiration Ridge.
Currently Chair 4 is used on high-volume days to provide additional access to the front side of the mountain. By extending the lift to its original unloading terminal on Inspiration Ridge, the lift will provide access to additional terrain and to Chair 5's new location. At the end of this phase, Chairs 4 and 5 can alleviate congestion at Chair 1 on busy days as well as serve as a "back-up" to Chair 1 when used in conjunction with Chair 7.
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