Skiers and riders at Sugar Bowl Resort will find a new chairlift this winter. Lift construction began this summer on a new chairlift on Mt. Judah, with work to be completed in October.
The new lift accesses Judah Bowl, located within the current Forest Service special use permit boundary, but for terrain previously accessed by hiking. The new chairlift, a CTEC-built, Garaventa fixed-grip quad with an uphill capacity of 1,200 people per hour, will take skiers and riders to the ridge top of Mt. Judah, dropping them off just below the summit.
"Operating as a mid-sized resort in Tahoe, we look to maximize our skiable acreage so that skiers and riders are free to explore more of the mountain," explained Sugar Bowl's President and CEO Rob Kautz.
Sugar Bowl aimed to keep the environmental impacts of the project at a minimum. The skiable terrain will remain natural, with no new ski trails cut. No roads were constructed for the project, and no tractor grading is required. A helicopter will drop the towers and top terminal in to hand-dug footings.
The low-profile top and bottom terminals will be painted to blend into their surroundings, and the top terminal, which sits below the summit, will not be visible from Truckee. The new chair is expected to run this winter.
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