new UMP includes a new fixed-grip triple or quad chair from Northwoods Lodge up
Lower Sunway. A second new chairlift would serve the nearby Bear Cub
run. The 1986 Riblet double currently known as Sunway would be
removed. On the upper mountain, the 1966 Riblet High Peaks lift would be
replaced and extended to the top of the mountain.
Mountain now includes the North Creek Ski Bowl, which used to be its own ski
area. ORDA added two Partek and Borvig lifts here in 2007 and 2010,
respectively, and incorporated the complex into Gore Mountain. The
Borvig, called Hudson, is slated to be replaced with a high-speed quad in a new
alignment. Another lift is already approved to link the Ski Bowl to
Gore’s main base. The existing Village lift would be extended 1,000 feet
uphill to provide a longer beginner run at the Ski Bowl.
$62.5 million could buy a
lot of lifts and while the state just bought Belleayre a new gondola, projects there could include replacement
of two 35-year old Doppelmayr fixed-grips or
the mountain’s ’86 Riblet. Belleayre also could expand into the defunct Highmount Ski Center which
operated with several Mueller lifts until 1993. All of these projects at
all three mountains are subject to various approvals but things are moving
along and the hardest part for many private ski areas – financing – appears to
be close at hand.