Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana has some big plans for the summer highlighted by the purchase of a brand new chairlift along with the clearing of timber for new runs and a lift line on the north side of the ski area. There will be approximately 200 acres of lift-served skiing added for guest enjoyment from the Flower Point project featuring 32 acres of cleared runs, bonus gladed areas, and a fixed-grip triple chairlift. This will be a two-year project that will be constructed in two phases to be officially completed for the 2014-2015 winter season.
“The new lift and trails will greatly enhance the guest experience at Whitefish Mountain Resort by providing a stand-alone pod of skiing which helps to spread out skiers across the resort,” commented Dan Graves, Whitefish Mountain Resort President. “Flower Point also offers breathtaking views into the North Fork region of Glacier National Park.”
Phase one of the two-year project will start with the chairlift purchase. Next, timber clearing will start mid-summer and tentatively be completed by fall 2013. The concrete base for towers will also occur in this phase and lead into the second phase beginning in summer 2014 where the towers will be constructed and terminals installed.
Stumptown and Window Pane areas will see four new groomable named runs added along with two connector runs that are expected to be intermediate level with rather narrow trails and tree islands. The goal is to have the trails feel natural. These six additional named runs will be a huge help for guests and more importantly ski patrol to better identify their exact location in the area, especially when a guest is in trouble.
“We are delighted to begin work on the Flower Point lift and trail system this summer and provide lift access to more terrain,” continued Graves. “The lift increases access to an area of our mountain known for having the most consistent snow coverage and will provide quality skiing in early and late season.”
Until the project is deemed complete, the area will be considered out-of-bounds to guests.