Days before the Christmas holiday, Snowbasin Resort celebrated the grand opening of the new Wildcat 6-pack high-speed chairlift, perfectly timed to launch us into the busy week between Christmas and New Years.
Mother Nature showed up to the party in the only way she knows how! Riding the winds and clouds, she delivered her own chair opening gift: 17 inches of snow in a 24 hour period making it a total 2 feet of snow from the storm!
Wildcat Express opened at 9 a.m. on December 23 and the first chair was reserved for some longtime Snowbasin patrons who have ridden the Wildcat chair in each of its three renditions from 1946-2017. How awesome is that?!
The grand opening was definately for the hard core riders, as Mother Nature put the new chair through quite the test: high winds, low visibility, and a wind hold on the gondola making Wildcat Express lift the main artery to access all the newly fallen snow on the mountain.
And the new 6-person chair performed perfectly! In just 5 minutes, people found themselves quickly and comfortable deposited 1,290 vertical feet up on the mountain. As hoped, the new chair has reinvigorated terrain that was once the “heart of Snowbasin” but in recent years has been less traveled. Hundreds of riders, riding the powder high, were able to enjoy the great terrain accessed by the Wildcat, and ski patrol kept stoke high with additional rope drops throughout the day.
For those of you who are new to the Snowbasin family, the Wildcat chair was the very first chairlift at Snowbasin, first installed as a single chair in 1946. It has seen many upgrades over the years, from a single to a double and then into a triple.
Crews worked hard throughout the summer and fall to install the new six person lift that has 17 towers. For more information on the new lift, and the extensive upgrade in snowmaking equipment read “What is New This Winter.”
Come check out the new chair, we hope to see you soon!