Brundage Ski Resort ~ McCall Idaho
Two New Chairlifts & Brand New Terrain for 07/08
Brundage Mountain Resort is excited to announce the construction of two new chairlifts scheduled for completion in time for the 2007/2008 ski season. It’s the largest on-mountain investment in Brundage Mountain’s proud 46 year history. The two new lifts will add nearly 160 acres of brand new terrain, and more than double the total uphill capacity.
CHAIRLIFT #1 – THE “BEAR CHAIR”
The first chairlift to be completed is the Bear Chair. Spanning 2,482 feet, with a vertical rise of over 600 feet, the Bear Chair will load at the base of the existing Centennial Triple chairlift, and unload at the top of the knob that has been serviced by a Platter Tow. This fixed-grip triple chairlift will provide easy access to under-utilized terrain and ease congestion on the Easy Street run during busy times.
The Platter lift has been removed, and may be re-used elsewhere on the mountain in the future.
CHAIRLIFT #2 – OPENING BRAND NEW TERRAIN
The second new chairlift will open up nearly 160 acres of brand new terrain on the south side of Brundage Mountain. This new terrain includes four new groomed runs, which vary from rolling slopes to steep pitches, and provide access to a whole new wonderland of powdery glades.
This chairlift, also a fixed-grip triple chair, was originally scheduled for completion in mid-December, but is likely to be finished by the end of November. The lift spans 3175 feet, with a vertical rise of 805 feet. The bottom terminal was installed at 6,600 feet elevation. The top terminal was built at 7,400 feet on the summit ridge, just south of the terminal for the existing Centennial Triple Chairlift.
How big is 160 acres?
* Boise’s Ann Morrison park covers 145 acres
* Brundage’s new terrain covers 160 acres
* Boise State’s main campus covers 175 acres
Together, the two new chairlifts increase the resort’s uphill capacity from 3,100 people per hour to 6,700 people per hour. Learn more about the new lifts here
”We’ve spent years planning for and getting approval for our on-mountain Master Development Plan,” said Brundage Mountain Chairman Judd DeBoer. “It’s very rewarding to know that by the end of this year, all that planning will pay off with a fresh, new area for our visitors to explore.”
The resort is investing more than $3 million dollars to install the two new chairlifts. That comes on top of a $500,000 investment in two new Prinoth BR 350 grooming cats made at the beginning of the 06/07 season.
Also in 2006, the DeBoer family acquired sole ownership of the resort after buying out long-time partner JR Simplot Company . They also completed a long-awaited land swap with the US Forest Service that puts 388 acres of property at the resort’s base area under Brundage Mountain ownership.