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Sugar Bowl Ski Resort getting new quad chairlift

NORDEN, Calif. and#8212; Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is installing a new chairlift to the top of Mt. Judah in time for the coming winter.

The quad lift will be able to deliver 1,200 people per hour to terrain already approved within the U.S. Forest Service special use permit boundary, previously only accessed by hiking, according to a Sugar Bowl press release.

Construction begins late July and should be complete in October.



The increase in lift capacity and lift-accessible terrain wonand#8217;t come at an increase in lift ticket pricing, according to the press release.

and#8220;Operating as a mid-sized resort in Tahoe, we look to maximize our skiable acreage so that skiers and riders are free to explore more of the mountain,and#8221; said Sugar Bowland#8217;s President and CEO Rob Kautz. and#8220;And doing so will help to maintain our economic viability in the industry and on Donner Summit.and#8221;



The Judah Bowl terrain will remain natural with no new ski trails cut and#8212; marked at double black diamond on the resortand#8217;s map.

According to Sugar Bowl, environmental impacts of the new lift should be minimal and#8212; no merchantable trees (of commercially acceptable quality) will be removed, no roads constructed, no tractor grading required, and towers and the top terminal will be helicopter lifted into hand-dug footings.

The top of the lift should not be visible from Truckee, according to the release.

The new lift will also create more access to what Sugar Bowl terms and#8220;sidecountry terrain,and#8221; areas beyond the resortand#8217;s boundary that are legally accessible.

and#8220;Skiers and riders looking for a little more adventure will be able to sign up for professionally-guided backcountry tours, gaining the snow safety skills required to enjoy the sidecountry powder skiing just beyond the ski area boundary,and#8221; said Sales and Marketing Director John Monson in the release.

For more information on the new chairlift, the ski resort or 2009/10 Sugar Bowl season passes, contact John Monson at (530) 426-6720 or e-mail jmonson@sugarbowl.com


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