New chairlift coming at Sugar Bowl |

New chairlift coming at Sugar Bowl

Five million dollars in improvements and construction will give Sugar Bowl ski resort a new face come next October.

After three years of planning, the new Mt. Lincoln Express Quad chairlift is under construction and will be undergoing load tests next fall.

“We are a few weeks ahead of schedule thanks to light spring snowfall, so everything will be ready to go when we open for the [2001/2002] season,” said Sugar Bowl Marketing Manager Bill Hudson.

This is the second chairlift addition in as many years for the Donner Summit resort, after building the Express chair to service the Mt. Disney area in 1999.

Estimated costs for the new lift is $3.5 million, an amount entirely funded by Sugar Bowl.

In addition to the Mt. Lincoln Quad, the resort will also be spending $1.5 million in snowmaking improvements and expansion of the Mt. Judah Day Lodge.

Once completed, the mountain’s snowmaking abilities will cover 25 percent of the resort’s terrain from top to bottom. This will greatly improve early and late season conditions when snow is slight.

Workers will also be erecting a new temporary structure adjacent to the Judah Lodge, which will provide an additional 250 indoor dining seats for skiers. The improvements are being made in part as a response to visitor comments and requests, and will be funded by lot sales on Sugar Bowl land.

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