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New Bridger Bowl Lifts Almost Finished

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Construction on two new chairlifts is almost complete at Bridger Bowl.

Construction on the two new lifts at Bridger Bowl will be done in about a month, just in time for Bridger Bowl to open for the season.

"We'll be looking to do the load test by the middle of November and be ready to go as early as Thanksgiving," said Doug Wales, Bridger Bowl Marketing Director.

Wales said the new Powder Park and new Alpine lifts replace the 1967 Riblet Alpine lift, but will serve slightly different areas of the mountain.

The Powder Park Lift heads north, serving the Powder Park Run area.

That lift is a little farther along than the Alpine lift.

"We just got the motor room installed in there and the cables are up and we are getting ready to splice that cable," said Wales.

But Wales said the Alpine Lift, heading slightly south, isn't far behind.

"We're getting ready to string the cable and do the splicing next week on that," said Wales.

The new lifts will triple Bridger's capacity in that area, serving 3,300 people an hour, compared to the 1,100 the old lift was able to serve.

Wales said the added capacity the two triple lifts provide, should help reduce wait times, especially on their busy days.

"On the Alpine lift, relatively speaking, on busy days there could be a 10 to15 minute wait, which is really long at Bridger," said Wales.

Now Wales expects the wait to be no longer than a couple of minutes at the two lifts.

The ride time will be about the same on the two lifts as the old one, about seven to eight minutes.

Wales said these lifts will make four new chair lifts at Bridger Bowl in five years.

Bridger Bowl is planning to open for the season December 7, but could open as early as Thanksgiving if there is enough snow.

 

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