Even in the heat of the summer the slopes at Crystal Mountain offer a gentle reminder to skiers and snowboarders of what’s to come in the season ahead. The anticipation is building even more so this summer as crews hard at work on Loki and Thor build a new quad-chairlift that will grace those slopes in less than four months – with Mother Nature’s permission, of course.
Many have been asking for an update about construction on the new fixed-grip quad, with loading conveyor, from SkyTrac Inc. so here’s what we’ve done, what we’re working on now and what’s next:
Earlier this spring the Loki-double was removed and disassembled.
The “Dirt Surgeons” from Alpers Excavating have been busy reshaping both Loki and Thor. The two black diamond runs will have a more consistent pitch allowing for an extended race course and since the new lift will be ski-under; the course can also be set using both slopes. Contouring has begun on Loki but won’t be completed until the triple-chairlift is removed after Labor Day.
Snowmaking will be added along with the lift for this winter. Pipeline has been laid and tower guns installed on Thor with more work on snowmaking scheduled in the coming weeks.
Team Elmer's has completed concrete work on all four lift towers. The foundation for the top lift terminal has been poured with work underway on the bottom terminal.
After Labor Day the existing Loki triple-chairlift will be removed and contouring of the slope can be completed. Then, the towers for the new lift will be set. The most noticeable of the changes will take place later in the Fall as the lift terminal, cables and chairs are put into place.