New chairlift raises the bar at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Bret Anne Serbin

WHITEFISH — On a foggy Monday morning, the new Snow Ghost Express chairlift punched up through the clouds to the upper reaches of Big Mountain, depositing skiers and snowboarders on Inspiration Ridge just south of the summit.

Among the athletes excited to ride Whitefish Mountain Resort’s new Chair 4, which opened Dec. 30, was a group of 11 veterans with the Wishes 4 Warriors organization.

The high-speed six-seater offers two more spaces than the mountain’s other large lifts and shuttles 2,200 people per hour. Its top speed reaches 12.5 mph and a full ride from the Base Lodge to the top of the chair lasts less than eight minutes. (Music by Travis Yost)

“It works out great for us,” said Dominic Davila, the program director of Wishes 4 Warriors. He explained the group participants with disabilities are better served by the high-speed lift: “The faster we get these guys on the lift, the better their experience and the better the experience is for everyone.” 

The high-speed six-seater offers two more spaces than the mountain’s other large lifts and shuttles 2,200 people per hour. Its top speed reaches 12.5 mph and a full ride from the Base

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