Skytrac will construct a fixed grip quad at Wild Mountain, Minnesota next summer replacing a nearly 50 year old lift. The new quad will run parallel with the current Chair 2 and replace Chair 3, a Borvig center pole quad dating back to 1972-73. “The new chairlift will become the primary chairlift used for access from the base lodge, but Chair 2 will remain in use for summer operations and high visitation days during the winter,” said Wild Mountain.
Tree clearing has already begun and the lift will be manufactured over the winter. The new Chair 3 is expected to be complete by the start of the 2023-24 ski season. Once the Skytrac is installed, Wild Mountain will remove Chair 3, freeing the South Wild trail from from tower obstructions. Chairs from the old lift will be sold to the public next summer.
Wild Mountain’s announcement follows the recent trend of lifts being ordered well in advance of installation. High demand for new equipment and supply chain delays are driving longer manufacturer lead times. North American resorts have already announced an impressive 42 new installations for next year.
It’s great their finally replacing it. I don’t trust Borvig. Also with the fact it that it is 50 years old.
This is my home hill – I’ve been (and will continue) documenting some of this install video-wise. It’s an interesting choice for alignment, but I got some explanation of why it’s going where it is, and I get it. Excited to see this go in.
That’s cool. I wonder if any other Minnesota ski areas will join Wild Mountain and Lutsen in the 2023 new lift club.
…it will be a busy summer ’23 in the Midwest!