Hellroaring Basin Project
In Spring 2020 Whitefish Mountain Resort began a multi-phase project that will increase accessibility and improve terrain variety in Hellroaring Basin. The initial phase included clearing timber for new runs and the lift line, as well as glading areas adjacent to runs, and re-sloping areas on the Hell Fire run to eliminate the negative grades. Phase 1 was completed in the fall of 2020. Phase 2 includes relocating Chair 8 in 2021, which will allow the resort to open Hellroaring Basin earlier in the season.
Phase 1 Spring-Fall 2020
- Conduct a survey for future Chair 8 lift line.
- Construct a service road from the top of Swift Creek Express/Chair 2 to the Grand Junction area.
- Clear timber for six runs including portions of the existing runs: Glory Hole, Connie’s Coulee, Gray’s Golf Course and The Back 9. Two additional runs will be added to the northwest facing slope.
- Perform glading in in six zones.
- Clear timber for future Chair 8 lift line.
- Re-slope three areas (approximately four acres total) in the existing Hell Fire Run where the run currently slopes uphill.
Phase 2 Spring-Fall 2021
- Uninstall Chair 8.
- Rehabilitate the Purgatory ski run, lower section of the Hell Fire Run below Grand Junction, and existing Chair 8 top and bottom terminals.
- Reinstall Chair 8 in new location.
Phase 3 and Future Phases (timeline TBD)
- Install a new chairlift from the Grand Junction area to the top of Hellroaring Peak.
- Clear a “cat track” between the saddle below Hellroaring Peak and the Gray Wolf Run.
- Clear Two new runs on Hellroaring Peak.
Benefits of the Hellroaring Project:
- Create an opportunity to open Hellroaring Basin earlier in the season.
- Provide better access to Hellroaring Basin’s terrain.
- Improve the variety of terrain in Hellroaring Basin.
- Add defined groomed runs to provide more intermediate terrain for skiers and snowboarders.
- Create a new pod of skiing in Hellroaring Basin.
- Improve the experience on Hell Fire run by removing negative grades
- Help to improve the flow and spread out skiers and snowboarders across the mountain by creating more options for guests.
Additional facts and information:
- All proposed plans are within the resort’s existing permit boundary.
- This project would not impact the April 1 closure of Hellroaring Basin for grizzly bear habitat.