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Schweitzer begins work on new road

| May 28, 2022 1:00 AM

In early May 2022, Schweitzer began construction on a new road that will lead to approximately 1400 additional parking spaces and a new chairlift, with the goal of creating more efficient access to the mountain.

The new road will connect to Schweitzer Mountain Road from the existing roundabout, Schweitzer officials said in announcing the road in a Thursday press release.

Future developments in the area will include enhanced skier services and expanded beginner terrain, increasing Schweitzer’s overall skiable terrain to approximately 3,050 acres.

This summer, Schweitzer officials said the focus will be on developing the new road and parking area by grading and modifying the old road alignment. Next summer, utilities, paving, and a new chairlift are expected to be put in place.

“We are in the initial stages of getting this area logged and prepped for more intense work later this summer,” Tom Trulock, Schweitzer Mountain utility director, said. “We are hoping by mid-June the snow will have completely melted and dried out enough for us to really go to task on this project.”

The construction project is part of Schweitzer’s larger master plan which will see the development of a dedicated beginner zone with snowmaking, additional parking, day use lodges for Snowsports School, rentals, and new chairlifts.

“Creating more parking is a priority for us and it will make a huge difference for the overall guest experience,” Tom Chasse, Schweitzer CEO and president, said.

“It’s a positive step forward on our master plan and exciting to see the groundwork begin. I feel good about achieving our goal to have more parking and at least one new lift in time for the winter 2023/24 ski season.”

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