Red Lodge Mountain plans upgrades

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RED LODGE – Red Lodge Mountain is planning upgrades to the ski resort.

The first phase of the resort’s multi-year improvement plan will begin this summer with the acquisition of a high-speed triple chair purchased from Alta Ski Area in Utah, the resort said in a press release.

As part of the first phase, the upper area of ​​Miami will be transformed with the installation of an additional conveyor belt and the relocation of the yurt from the base area.

Phase two is scheduled for the summer of 2023 with the current Miami Beach lift removed and the new lift installed in time for the 2023/24 ski season.

“This is an exciting and important investment in the skiing experience here at Red Lodge. Upgrading to this high-speed triple chair will be a transformational newbie experience. said Jeff Schmidt, general manager of Red Lodge Mountain.

The lift being purchased currently operates as Sunnyside Lift in Alta and is a CTEC high-speed triple chairlift built by Garaventa. The lift will replace Miami Beach’s current double chairlift with a modified lift alignment to better serve the terrain.

Installed in 1973, the Miami Beach Lift served as an access to the beginner slopes and the Miami Beach Terrain Park.

“The Sunnyside Lift has the perfect power and capacity for the Miami terrain.” said Schmidt.

This spring, the Sunnyside Elevator will be dismantled and 15 semi-loads will transport the equipment to Red Lodge while the Red Lodge Mountain team plans the upgrades necessary to install the elevator in the summer of 2023.

“Assembling a team to install this lift will be a tremendous effort and when we complete this project in the fall of 2023, it will be a great achievement for our ski area,” Schmidt said.

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