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Whitefish Mountain Adding New Six-Seat High-Speed Lift

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A new high-speed, six-person lift is coming to Whitefish Mountain Resort they announced this week, according to an article in the Daily Inter Lake. The new lift will help ease congestion at the Base Lodge, which is the primary access for most skiers up the mountain.

Prepping for the much-needed new lift begins this spring. Full construction doesn't begin until 2022 with the lift expected to be ready for the 2022/23 ski season. It replaces the old Chair 4 that has been carrying skiers up the mountain for 43 years. It was installed in 1978 before the Base Lodge was built, according to the resort's website.

“We're seeing growth and knowing so many guests are using the Base Lodge area as their access point,” said Whitefish Public Relations Manager Maren McKay. “We want to keep up with the increasing visitation and use. The resort hit a new high mark for winter season pass sales this past season topping 12,500 for the first time. The project has been approved by the Forest Service.”

The resort has also announced they are moving the Hellroaring lift to a new location, which will put the bottom terminal at Grand Junction and the top terminal on Toni Matt ridge where it splits with Big Ravine. Last summer several areas of Hellroaring Basin were graded and trees removed for the lift line. This new lift installation is expected to be ready for the upcoming 2021/22 season.

Future plans call for another new lift from the Grand Junction area to the top of Hellroaring Peak and a new cat track between the saddle below the peak and Gray Wolf Run. No timeline to complete this project has been announced at this time.

An adult season pass is currently on sale for $689 through September 30 when the price will go up. Seniors are $589, teens $389 and a junior pass is $199 through the same time period. Children six and under ski free.

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