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Need a Lift?

Seth Lightcap
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Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunPaul Miller of Mountain Pride Construction tack welds on the control room of the new Castle Peak quad chairlift at Boreal Mountain Resort Tuesday. The resort has replaced the antiquated Gunnar's double chair with the high speed quad chairlift.

North Tahoe’s Boreal Mountain Resort is in the final throws of construction on the only brand new chairlift installed in California this summer. The new Castle Peak Quad is a fixed grip chairlift that will replace the antiquated Gunnar’s double chair and provide central access to the entire lower mountain base area.

The retired Gunnar’s chair had been the resort’s most popular lift. The Castle Peak Quad chair will double the uphill capacity and extend the chair line by 400 feet, letting passengers off at about mid-mountain.

“The new lift will serve a dual purpose,” said Boreal Marketing Manager Jon Slaughter. “Early season it will allow us to open terrain on both sides of the lift while during the height of the season it will create a fantastic learning area and allow families to stay together riding up.”

In conjunction with the new lift, Boreal has reconfigured some of the lower slope by creating a new groomed run skier’s right of the chair that will be the home of the Kidz’X terrain park. By moving the children’s park further from the main terrain park the resort hopes to eliminate some of the cross traffic that plagued the entrance of the smaller terrain park in season’s past.

Always striving to be the first resort open in California, Boreal has also added 25 new automated fan guns to their quiver of snowmaking equipment. Six of those guns will be dedicated to the runs parallel to the new chailift.

If old man winter plays along, Boreal hopes to test the new chairlift and the snowmaking equipment in the coming weeks preparing them to open the new Castle Peak chair to the public in early November.