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Utah Olympic Park to Add High Speed Quad

The fourth chairlift at Utah Olympic Park will be its largest to date, spanning 3,300 feet and utilizing detachable technology. Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation Chief Operating Officer Calum Clark announced the exciting news at Park City Ski & Snowboard’s annual meeting Tuesday. Clark said a deposit has already been paid to Doppelmayr, noting lift manufacturers are already very busy and early contract signing secures a favorable spot in the 2022 production queue.

The Uni-G detachable will rise approximately 1,170 vertical feet and service two trails to start. The new West Peak terrain will feature state of the art snowmaking from SMI and LED lighting. Construction is slated to begin in the spring with completion targeted for December 2022.

Ski Wentworth Announces New Chairlift

Nova Scotia’s largest ski area will debut a second base-to summit quad chair late next year in partnership with Doppelmayr Canada. The mountain currently features a 1987 quad chair and a 1960s-era Poma T-Bar. “This is a game changer,” said Leslie Wilson, Ski Wentworth President and General Manager. “It’s been a long time coming, but the timing was right now to make a major investment and take Ski Wentworth to the next level, setting the stage for potential four season development.” The fixed grip quad will rise approximately 750 feet over a nearly 4,000 foot slope length.

A little-known fact is Ski Wentworth had two quads throughout the 1990s. One of them was later sold and moved to Morin Heights, Quebec. Therefore it’s particularly fitting that the ski area will once again feature two chairlifts. “Now is the time to continue to the next phase of Ski Wentworth’s development as the region moves towards the post-pandemic era,” said the resort. “As a result of a renewed focus on promoting local tourism to Nova Scotians and Maritimers, a burgeoning tourism shoulder season mountain biking, development of new tourism products and an increasing awareness of healthy, outdoor lifestyles, Ski Wentworth is primed for the future.”

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