Snowbasin: Wildcat Express Construction Update
For fifty-one years (1946-1997) the Wildcat Chairlift served as the main street of Snowbasin Resort. The single chair was the first lift installed on the resort and operated from 1946-1973. The Wildcat double was built in 1964 parallel to the single chair, tripling the uphill mountain capacity and operating next to the single on busy days. In 1973, the Wildcat chair was updated into the fixed-grip triple that lived there until this summer. Now the triple is being updated this summer into a high-speed six pack.
Snowbasin Resort has partnered with Doppelmayr to manufacture and install the high speed six-pack this summer and fall. The new Wildcat lift will follow the same path as the current lift with 17 towers and a rise of 1,290 vertical feet. The new lift ride will only be 5 minutes and the lift capacity will be 2,400 people an hour.
With the new chairlift and addition of snowmaking, the Wildcat terrain will be utilized more frequently and earlier in the season. The terrain serviced by this lift is a great stepping stone for the beginner/intermediate skier graduating from Becker terrain before heading to Needles Gondola. In addition, the chairlifts are spaced 9 seconds apart, allowing beginner/intermediate skiers and snowboarders a little more time to load and unload the chairlift without worry. Not only will this be a great place for beginners to progress but the area offers a great racing venue, which will allow Snowbasin Resort to hold more races utilizing the Wildcat Lift and Wildcat Bowl, creating an overall better experience for racers and guests.
“Snowbasin Resort is very excited to announce several improvements to the Wildcat area of the mountain that should greatly enhance the guest’s experience. With the addition of a new Doppelmayr 6 passenger high speed chair lift, we will be able to better utilize this area of the Resort that was the original heart of the ski area. The new lift will service beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain and include new snowmaking on Wildcat Bowl, Blue Grouse, Herberts, Eas-A-Long, Wildcat Traverse and Stein’s. These improvements will improve access to this wonderful terrain with earlier access and better conditions when Mother Nature is not as cooperative as we would like,” states John Loomis, General Manager at Snowbasin Resort.