The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is hard at work on the construction of a brand new lift that will open 88 acres of new skiable terrain to the mountain, with the hope that the lift will be available to the public by next season.
After initially announcing the plan to build a lift on Gray Butte in April, the ski resort is already receiving the materials needed to build the project. They’ve also started clearing the runs on the previously undeveloped area of the mountain.
Video posted to social media shows the very beginning of the construction that will transform the mountain:
“The first piece of the new lift was delivered yesterday,” wrote Mt. Shasta Ski Park on Instagram. “The Haul Rope is the cable that moves us along the lift! It weight almost 48000 lbs and is almost two miles long!”
They began cutting down trees to clear out runs for the lift. They were able to sell the trees for money in order to help finance the project.
For anyone who frequents Mt. Shasta Ski Park, looking up at Gray Butte just south of the current lifts is a blissful experience. The beautiful, mostly untouched peak at 8,129 feet elevation looks like a snowy dream of powder and views. The proposed fixed quad lift to the top of Gray Butte will open 88 acres of skiable terrain, add five new runs, increase the resort’s elevation to 7,500 feet and create a 3-mile long run from top to bottom. In other words, this new lift will be a game changer.
On top of the construction news, the resort has indicated they hope to finish the project by next winter season, which would be quite the accomplishment. Will we see a completely transformed Mt. Shasta Ski Park by the 2022-23 ski season? Let’s hope so!