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Nordic Valley Putting In First High-Speed Chairlift

Nordic-Valley-New-Chairs Brand-new chairs sit ready to bring skiers and riders to the summit of northern Utah's Nordic Valley this season. (Nordic Valley/Facebook

The ownership Nordic Valley has decided to go ahead with plans to install a new chairlift on the northern Utah mountain -- the first phase of an expansion to triple skiing and riding terrain.

Mountain Capital Partners, which purchased Nordic Valley in 2018, posted photos recently of components of a new six-pack chair awaiting installation at the resort just outside Eden, Utah. The lift will eventually serve some 300 privately owned acres of new terrain on the upper slopes of the mountain that have never been developed -- creating about 40 new runs of intermediate and expert classifications.

The six-person high-speed chair will be the first new lift in 20 years at the town hill once known as Wolf Mountain and Wolf Creek Utah. It will add some 1,400 vertical feet to the existing 1,100-foot vert on the lower part of the hill.

The expansion area, which spreads out uphill from the existing 140-acre skiable terrain, will add some 4,200 feet of length to the mountain's runs. Resort officials say the focus this season will be to get the new chair up and running, and to develop some 50 acres of new runs. An additional 250 acres will be developed in the future, they said.

Right after Durango-based Mountain Capital Partners agreed to take over operations at Nordic Valley, lead investor James Coleman unveiled an aggressive expansion plan that included a gondola running from a park in Ogden up and over the ridge into Nordic Valley terrain. Coleman backed off on the timeline for those plans lately, but the new chair will roughly follow the footprint of the proposed gondola on the Nordic Valley side.

The new lift is one of two major projects for the consortium this summer. At Arizona Snowbowl, construction of a new "chondola" -- a combination of chairs and gondola cars -- will replace the workhorse Agassiz Chair.

The partnership has included Nordic Valley in its multi-resort Power Pass, which means that passholders can ski and ride without further cost at Purgatory, Arizona Snowbowl, Ski Hesperus, Pajarito, Sipapu and southern Utah's Brian Head, which the group bought last year.

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