Exhibition-Express-Lift---ImageBy Jann Wiswall

HoliMont has been keeping its full-time building and grounds staff busy since the end of last ski season as the resort invested some $400,000 for repairs, upgrades, infrastructure improvements and new features to ensure that winter 2013-14 is the best it can be for members and guests alike.

Lift and snowmaking equipment maintenance is always a number one priority, and this year is no exception. Crews have rebuilt and repainted the Meadow chairlift to give it an updated look to complement the Exhibition Express high-speed detachable quad lift that was installed last summer. The landscaping project, which includes steps that approach the Exhibition Express, is progressing nicely. In addition, crews have been testing, repairing and replacing in-ground water and air lines to perfect the resort’s snowmaking system.

HoliMont’s diesel generator has been revamped and converted so that it can run primarily on gas, the ignition systems on two other gas generators in HoliMont’s power plant have been upgraded and road repairs have been made all around the property.

In addition to these behind-the-scenes improvements, HoliMont members will be pleasantly surprised to see that the main chalet’s restrooms have been thoroughly remodeled, and they’ll also be thrilled when they discover the new log-cabin style warming cabin at the top of the Cascade chairlift. The cozy new building, which is currently under construction, will feature a wood stove, bench seating, light food service and spectacular views from the 24-foot-by-30-foot porch.

Of course, all of these summer projects are going on in tandem with development of the $22 million WestMont Ridge expansion project. Road and infrastructure work has been under way since spring on the first phase of the multi-phase project — 31 single-family homes and 72 condominiums with garages. Closings on 20 of the first 31 lots will take place by the end of this year. Condominium sales may start as early as this fall after permitting and architectural plans are completed.

Ultimately, the project will include a total of 94 ski-in, ski-out homes, new slopes in the Sunset area, a new lodge, “Park & Pipe” terrain park, a new beginner ski area, a high-speed detachable lift, a Nordic Center, parking and more.