By Lyndsie Ferrell
WOLF CREEK— The Wolf Creek Ski Resort has taken advantage of the warm summer days on top of Wolf Creek Pass to finally get started on a project that has taken almost two years to get off the ground. Crews began work on the new Meadow Lift in May and are now nearing the stages of putting the lift together and have it running by the end of the summer.
The resort has spent the last two years working with the Rio Grande National Forest to get permits for the new lift and after much negotiation, were able to finally come to an agreement and get the project underway. The new lift will be one of nine other lifts on the mountain and is located to the east of the Alberta Lift.
The Meadow Lift is a Dopplmeyer detachable quad and will join the new Lynx Lift that will service beginner terrain and will serve as another connecting lift for the mountain. The resort has been working to minimize some of the congestion from the main area of the ski slopes by creating new areas for beginner skiers, who need and appreciate the space while trying to learn the art of skiing.
The Lynx Lift opened last year and was one of the most popular lifts for skier of all ages. The Wolf Creek Ski School is located in the new building at the base of the lift and provided beginner skiers a place to watch instructional videos prior to getting out on the slopes. The lift also eased the amount of people crowding the base area near the ticket office, allowing everyone more room to spread out and enjoy their day.
As of an update provided by the resort on June 26, the new crews were working to dig the holes needed for towers one and two and would then be working to lay cement pads on the upper tower. Crews have been working to store all of the parts and material needed for the lift in the parking areas below the resort and will continue to clear the area in preparation for the installation portion of the project.
The resort also uses these opportunities to continue to remove slash and dead trees from around the resort to minimize safety concerns. Though the project still entails a lot of heavy equipment to prepare the area for the lift, ski resort representatives are hopeful that the lift will be up and running by the time the first snow hits the ground this fall.