Whitefish Mountain Resort ended its 2021-22 season on a high note on April 10 when skiers and snowboarders feasted on more than a foot of fresh powder snow, with the Big Mountain ski area recording record visits for the fifth back-to-back season while beginning work on his first six-pack chairlift, which is set to debut next year.
“We counted 15 inches of new snow the last Saturday and Sunday we were open for the season, which I call a dream come true after a season that had us praying for snow a little more often than we did. wish,” said Chad Sokol, spokesperson for Whitefish Mountain Resort. “It was great to see powder and end our winter with soft snow.”
With nearly 464,000 skiers registered this season, the resort also broke its previous record set last year with 458,000 visitors. And as colder-than-average temperatures and prolific snowstorms continue to add to a lower-than-average summit base depth of 260 inches, stoking enthusiasm among skiers and boarders with uphill setups, construction began on the resort’s first six-pack chairlift with the relocation of Chair 4.
The newly relocated lift will transport skiers from the Base Lodge area to the top of Inspiration Ridge, improving access to the East Rim while providing an alternate route to Big Mountain’s higher elevations and reducing skier traffic on the chair 1.
“This will be our first six-pack ski lift, and also our first ski lift that stretches from the Base Lodge all the way to the higher elevations of the mountain,” Sokol said. “It has all sorts of real benefits.”
The new Chair 4 will be open for the 2022-23 season.
In recent years, the resort has undertaken several major projects aimed at improving circulation throughout the mountain, Sokol said. This season, guests took their first laps on the newly moved Chair 8 in the Hellroaring pool. The lift now brings skiers to the top of Big Ravine, allowing them access to both the basin and the front face of the mountain.
“The Chair 8 move has proven to be a huge success,” said Bill Cubbage, Mountain’s COO. “It allowed us to open the basin earlier in the season, introduce six new runs and really improve the way skiers navigate this section of the mountain.”
Ski & Ride School programs and teams are also open at skiwhitefish.com/skiride-school. Guests are encouraged to register early for children’s programs, freestyle teams and development teams.
“Our season-long programs fill up quickly, so don’t wait,” said Snow Sports Director Magdalen Shale. “These programs are a great way to learn new skills, progress through the season, and make friends while skiing or riding in a group.”
In the meantime, season passes are already on sale for winter 2022-23. Skiers and snowboarders can get the lowest prices on season passes and instruction programs throughout the season until September 30. The ski season is scheduled to run from December 8 to April 9, 2023, snow conditions permitting.
In addition to unlimited chairlift access, passholders get access to perks including night skiing, uphill passes, accommodation discounts, and lift tickets for friends and family. family, and lift ticket redemptions at other resorts across the country.
“This has been another banner year for us, and we are excited to continue to provide excellent service and an unparalleled value ski experience to all of our guests,” said Nick Polumbus, President of Whitefish Mountain Resort. “The loyalty of our pass holders shows every year, and we’re just so grateful that people continue to see this as a place they want to spend their time in the winter.”