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Red Lodge Mountain Adding High Speed Chair

Red-Lodge-Mountain-Facebook-image-2--4-14-22 Red Lodge Ski Area's upper mountain. Red Lodge Facebook image.

Montana's Red Lodge Mountain, popular with snowsports enthusiasts on the western side of the Heartland, has announced they are beginning an improvement plan to upgrade the ski area's lift service to the lower mountain and improve the learning area terrain.

The project will start this summer with what they are calling phase one acquiring a high-speed triple, which they purchased from Alta Ski Area in Utah. The high-speed lift will be installed during the summer of 2023. The old, slow double chairlift it will be replacing was installed in 1972. This summer they will be adding a second magic carpet, which will be ready for next ski season in the upper portion of the Miami Beach ski area. The projects will improve the learning experience and provide more ways for skiers to access the mountain, according to the Mountain.

It will help everybody get out of the base quicker, especially on those days when Pallisades is open. It will allow skiers to be able to go right to the top and drop into Pallisades, which should really improve the skiing experience, according to a prepared news release outlining the plan. The project will cost approximately $2.25 million, Spencer Weimar, the ski area's assistant general manager pointed out.

With more than 70 runs spread across two summits that include gentle beginner slopes, long groomers, chutes, glades, and steeps, Red Lodge Mountain appeals to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. They offer seven lifts and 2,400 vertical. Nestled within the Beartooth Mountains, just outside of Yellowstone National Park, it delivers big mountain fun without big crowds. It's the closest Treasure State ski area for Heartland skiers and riders, and the ski area is also on the Indy Pass program. The ski season is wrapping up Sunday, April 17.

Several lodging choices are available in the old western town of Red Lodge. Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane had roots here.

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