Summer Mountain Update
Summer’s in session, but our team is working hard to prepare the mountain for winter. Mountain crews have been busy surveying, pouring concrete and executing summer projects. Here’s a sneak peek of what we’re working on:
Slopeside Dining Our new restaurant will double the dining capacity at the base area with 300 indoor seats, plus a patio complete with fire pit—perfect for après ski! Located beside the Sunset Chairlift and near the Grand Canyon Express, you’ll enjoy ski-in, ski-out access to a brand-new alternative to the Hart Prairie Lodge. The dining area will be held in a temporary fabric covered structure while permanent dining options are being developed. New slopeside bathrooms will be added, as well.
A first look at the new Base Area improvements
Pedestrian Bridge To get you on the slopes quicker, we’re installing a pedestrian bridge that connects Hart Prairie Lodge with the Grand Canyon Express and the Sunset Chairlift, eliminating the current crosswalk. The new bridge will cross over Snowbowl Road, which will be lowered and realigned to help reduce traffic and improve flow up to Agassiz Lodge! The improvements will also create a “beach area,” complete with adirondack chairs and fire pits adjacent to Hart Prairie Lodge, where you can take a break from skiing, have a drink, and take in the views!
New Lift Construction Construction continues on the new Hart Prairie lift, a four-seater with restraining bars, foot rests, and thick padded seats. The new quad chairlift has an uphill capacity of 1800 pph (people per hour), which is double the capacity of the older double chairlift it is replacing, and will result in greatly reduced wait times. So far, all concrete foundations for lift towers and terminals are completed, with backfilling and grading as the next step. The existing lift with be repurposed at another ski area, so unfortunately, the chairs and components aren’t for sale.
The crew in action as concrete is poured for the bottom terminal and loading conveyor