Whitewater Ski Resort is stepping its game up – big time – by bringing some of their ski and snowboard terrain on the backside in-bounds. This will boost the area's vertical drop from 1,309 to 2,042 feet: a terrain increase of 64%.
Located near the B.C. interior town of Nelson, Whitewater is all set to capitalize on the influx of visitors generated by the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver/Whistler.
The clearing of the backside will be spread over the next two years, and once completed, the new Glory Ridge Chairlift will service a total of 749 acres (303 hectares). This will consist of 18 gladed, treed, and groomed runs of primarily intermediate and advanced/expert terrain.
“The mountain crew, in cooperation with mother nature, hope to have the lift ready to load as conditions permit this coming season” says Whitewater General Manager Brian Cusack.
What will be the Glory Ridge Chairlift has actually been known under another name for several years now. Originally the Dopplemayr Triple Chair, the lift will come all the way from Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado. It's currently en route to Nelson, where it will be recommissioned as Whitewater's third chairlift.
The lift will service the primarily west-facing backside area. This was previously out of bounds territory could only be accessed from the Summit Lift with tracks leading back to the ski area's access road. Whitewater's goal for the summer is to have a good amount of skiable terrain in this backside area developed so that they can create eight selectively logged and gladed runs, which will offer fall line skiing.
“This summer we will focus mechanical harvesting on the area to the skier's left of the chair with further gladed advanced/expert tree skiing developed to the skier’s right of the lift line. We plan to start on the lift line first to allow the lift installation crew access, and then proceed with the remainder over the summer.”
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