Ontario’s Searchmont Resort will add two Skytrac triple chairs this summer as part of a major modernization. US-based Wisconsin Resorts purchased Searchmont in 2018 from a public economic development agency and promised to make significant capital investments. The longer of the two lifts will replace the mountain’s original double chairlift, built in 1972. The double ran up the center of the mountain and was one of the last remaining Borvig lifts in Canada (only eight remain now.) Chairs from the lift are being sold tomorrow on a first come, first served basis for CA$200 apiece.
A second new triple chair will service a dedicated beginner area, which Searchmont lacks currently. This lift will be 2,000 feet long and open new terrain west of current trails. Combined, the lifts will cost US$2.6 million and will be installed by local contractors. An existing Doppelmayr quad chair and a Blue Mountain triple chair will remain in service as well.
Searchmont is one of four mid-sized ski areas in North America installing more than one new chairlift this summer. The others building two are Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, Gore Mountain, New York and Timberline Mountain, West Virginia.
I have pictures of the blue double if you are interested Peter.
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This is great news. When I lived in Michigan, I would ski Searchmont all the time. It was the only place nearby that had respectable terrain before Bohemia opened. I was very relieved when Wisconsin Resorts purchased it. It would have been horrible if it had gone out of business. I haven’t been there in about 20 years, but I am very fond of this place based on my trips up there in the 90s.
Always happy to see a lift manufacturer be able to do more business! That’s jobs for lots of people! Congrats to SkyTrac and Searchmont