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Searchmont Resort planning on CAN$2 – 3 million of improvements

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Searchmont Resort in Ontario, Canada, has told that they are planning on a number of improvements in the near future, following the end of its season on 14 April.

Chris Greensted, General Manager, said: “We’ve already bought a lot of new heavy equipment we never had before, like backhoes, excavators, a new grooming machine arrived just the other day, and there’s more to come.”

“We’re looking at getting rid of the beginners lift we have now and replacing it with a Magic Carpet lift, which is basically a conveyor lift, you stand on it and it takes you up the mountain. We’re going to put in one that’s 100 ft long, another that’s about 380 ft long.”

Estimating the cost of improvements to be around CAN$ 2 – 3 million, Greensted added: “We’re also hoping to put in a new chairlift which is going to rise up above the beginners hill, about 1800 to 1900 ft. We’re in the middle of clearing those trails right now, the guys started work on that a week and a half ago, clearing the bush to get that new chairlift in...those trails will also have additional snowmaking equipment and lighting for night skiing.”

Searchmont, which has been owned by Wisconsin Resorts Inc. since November last year, has 22 trails in total with several more due to be added by next season.

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