Snowbasin, UT – March 15, 2017 – Snowbasin Resort is excited to announce a new high speed, detachable six-pack chairlift that will replace the current Wildcat Triple Chairlift for the 2017-2018 Winter Season. The Wildcat Chairlift was the first chairlift at Snowbasin Resort and the center of the ski area for several years. Wildcat operated as a single chair from its installation in 1946 until 1973, the Wildcat double chair operated from 1964 – 1985 and the current Wildcat triple chair was installed in 1973. Snowbasin Resort has partnered with Doppelmayr to manufacture and install the high speed six-pack this summer and fall. The new Wildcat lift will follow the same path as the current lift with 17 towers and a rise of 1,290 vertical feet. The new lift ride will only be 5 minutes and the lift capacity will be 2,400 people an hour.
With the new chairlift and addition of snowmaking, the Wildcat terrain will be utilized more frequently and earlier in the season. The terrain serviced by this lift is a great stepping stone for the beginner/intermediate skier graduating from Becker terrain before heading to Needles Gondola. In addition, the chairlifts are spaced 9 seconds apart, allowing beginner/intermediate skiers and snowboarders a little more time to load and unload the chairlift without worry. Not only will this be a great place for beginners to progress but the area offers a great racing venue, which will allow Snowbasin Resort to hold more races utilizing the Wildcat Lift and Wildcat Bowl, creating an overall better experience for racers and guests.
“Snowbasin Resort is very excited to announce several improvements to the Wildcat area of the mountain that should greatly enhance the guest’s experience. With the addition of a new Doppelmayr 6 passenger high speed chair lift, we will be able to better utilize this area of the Resort that was the original heart of the ski area. The new lift will service beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain and include new snowmaking on Wildcat Bowl, Blue Grouse, Herberts, Eas-A-Long, Wildcat Traverse and Stein’s. These improvements will improve access to this wonderful terrain with earlier access and better conditions when Mother Nature is not as cooperative as we would like,” states John Loomis, General Manager at Snowbasin Resort.
With the immense history Wildcat Chairlift holds, Snowbasin Resort will have a gallery in the Huntington Room for the public to follow Wildcat Chairlift through the years and will celebrate the final days of the current Wildcat Triple with events and giveaways throughout the Spring. The festivities start on Saturday, March 18 with Weber State Appreciation Day and culminate on Saturday, April 15 with a Last Chair Party, where guests can join us for one last lift ride on Wildcat at 4:00pm followed by a farewell toast at the top. Check our website for more information about other festivities what will be happening throughout the spring.
Snowbasin Resort, top rated by Ski Magazine in the categories of Service, On-Mountain Food, Lifts and Grooming, is located less than 35 miles North of Salt Lake City. It has one of the easiest drives from Salt Lake International Airport as well as quick access to the Park City Area and Downtown Ogden. With 3,000 skiable acres and 3,000 vertical feet, Snowbasin Resort is best known for wide-open bowls, gladed runs, manicured groomers, powder stashes days after a storm, four terrain parks, and excellent service. Snowbasin Resort has world-class snowmaking and one of the most advanced lift systems in the West. Enjoy award-winning cuisine including mountaintop dining with spectacular views and magnificent day lodges. Discover why Snowbasin Resort is consistently recognized as one of the best family resorts in North America!