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New chairlift at Sun Valley to add 380 acres of skiable terrain

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Mountain Technology,

Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, US, has gained all the necessary approvals for the replacement of its oldest chairlift with a high-speed detachable chairlift.

The new chairlift will be constructed over the summer of 2019 and is expected to be ready for the public in time for the 2019 – 2020 winter season. Adding a further 380 acres of skiable terrain to the existing 2054 acres, it will offer a six-minute ride from the bottom of the lift terminal to The Roundhouse restaurant, with a vertical rise of 1525 ft. Preparation began this summer, with the rerouting and reconstruction of the Cold Springs mountain bike trail and site preparation.

When the project is complete, the new lift will provide access to The Roundhouse, the Roundhouse Gondola, and Christmas (#3) chairlift. The Lower Broadway run will be lengthened by 3400 ft and lined with 18 Rubis EVO snowmaking guns, all the way to the new Cold Springs lower terminal.

From January 2019, advanced skiers will be able to get a preview of the area by taking the Experience Cold Springs Canyon guided tour, led by Sun Valley Resort’s professional guides and ski patrol.

“Our goal is to provide the highest level and quality of guest experience, both on and off the mountain,” stated Tim Silva, Sun Valley Resort’s Vice President and General Manager. “By expanding our skiable terrain by 380 acres and replacing our oldest chairlift with a high-speed lift, it confirms our dedication and commitment to skiers and riders who choose Sun Valley as their destination.”

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