New owners of Idaho’s Brundage Mountain Resort will complete their first major capital project next year, installation of a detachable quad replacing the Centennial triple. The soon-to-be-retired CTEC was built in 1990 and takes 14 minutes to ride. The new lift, which will be called the Centennial Express, will cut ride time to six minutes and increase uphill capacity from 1,300 people per hour to 1,800 people per hour. All of Brundage’s lifts are Doppelmayr and the new lift will be as well.
“Having two high-speed quads in the base area gives us more flexibility and redundancy for moving people up the mountain, which is especially important on busy days and holidays and during challenging weather conditions,” said Brundage General Manager Ken Rider. “The loading experience will be so much smoother – especially for families – which will make some of our best terrain infinitely more accessible,” he continued. The lift will service 1,616 vertical feet of intermediate and advanced terrain.
Brundage was acquired by a small group of Idaho-based investors two years ago and the Centennial Express is their first lift upgrade. “When the new ownership group formed in November 2020, we took a long, hard look at the immediate and future needs of our beloved Brundage Mountain,” said mountain President Bob Looper. “Our priority is to maintain the low-key character of Brundage, while building toward a sustainable future. Keeping lift lines to a minimum and keeping slopes uncrowded is a top priority, and upgrading the Centennial lift is a key first step in improving and expanding our lift infrastructure.”
The ownership group plans to invest between $25 and $30 million dollars over the next 2-3 years with more projects to be announced in the coming months. Centennial Express is scheduled to debut for the 2023-24 winter season.
What will happen to the current lift?
That’s awesome! That was my only gripe whatsoever when I visited Brundage for the first time last season. All of the other fixed grip chairlifts are short rides, Centennial was the only exception.
I make fun of comfort bars all the time, but the footrest on Centennial is pretty useful. This detach will be a nice upgrade.
Joe tells the truth! SO tired of my legs falling asleep on that lift. What a great upgrade, lapping Engen and 45th will be amazing. This will also help with the line at Bear Chair trying to get back to Bluebird… no need to ride Bear. Plus the novice folks can now lap Temptation. And the parking situation just improved… no more complaining about having to park the furthest from the lodge, the RV parking just became prime real estate.
I’ve been waiting for this announcement for years.