Grabbing a sixer

Grabbing a sixer
You still may not be able to buy a six pack in Utah, but at least you’ll be able to ride one. Purg owners Mountain Capital Partners announced this week they’re installing a six-pack chairlift at their sister resort, Nordic Valley. Expected to fire up in time for the 2020-21 season (pandemic willing), the high-speed six-seater will be one of only three in the Beehive State. It will also be the first new lift at Nordic Valley in 20 years and the resort’s first high-speed chairlift (think of that next time you’re complaining of long lift lines at Purg.)

Construction began earlier this summer on installing the Leitner Poma, which will cover 4,213 feet on a 300-skiable-acre expansion area that’s been owned by Nordic Valley but never developed. Brandon Fessler, Nordic Valley general manager, said around 50 of the 300 acres in the expansion area will be skiable this winter.

“The pioneers who started Nordic Valley dreamed of sharing this amazing terrain,” Fessler said in a statement. “Our team has worked hard to realize that dream, and we cannot wait to share it with our guests, our friends and our neighbors this winter.”

Right now, the focus is on the installation of the lift and Phase 1 of trail development, Fessler said. When the 300 acres are fully developed, it will more than triple the resort’s skiable acreage.

In addition, to the work at Nordic Valley, MCP is also installing a high-speed chairlift/gondola combination at Arizona Snowbowl.

For Purg Power Pass holders, skiing at Nordic Valley and Snowbowl are free, as well as Hesperus; newly acquired Brian Head, near St. George, Utah; and MCP’s New Mexico ski areas. This year’s Power Pass also includes three free days at Loveland, Copper, Monarch and Utah’s Sundance.

If you’re on the fence about buying a season pass this year, you have one more day to stew over it. The last day to buy a pass at the discounted early bird rate is tomorrow, Fri., Aug. 28. As far as we can tell, Purg has not set an opening date – in the meantime, the mountain will be open weekends plus Labor Day through Oct. 4.
 

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