Grey skies ahead

Red Mountain Resort prepares to announce 'some exciting news' at the ski hill in an official ceremony today.

The wait could be over for those looking to access the new runs on Grey Mountain.

Red Mountain Resort announced late Wednesday afternoon it has some “exciting news to share.”

There will be an official ‘ground breaking ceremony’ with toast at Red Mountain Resort today with Howard Katkov, chief executive officer of the establishment on hand.

No further details were available Wednesday or in advance of the ceremony.

It is expected the ceremony will announce new skier lifts going in at Grey Mountain, the ski run expansion Red added on Aug. 1, 2012. Last year Red purchased a Poma Quad Chair for installation this summer.

The two-year expansion added almost 1,000 acres—and a whole new mountain to the 1,685 acres already developed at the hill.

At the time of the development, Katkov said the management team spent eight years reinforcing the company’s infrastructure, investing $50 million in the facilities, and completing world class slope-side accommodations.

The Grey Mountain expansion was expected to open up a vast store of intermediate runs.

“Grey, like Granite (Red’s other peak), is volcano-shaped, which allows for 360-degree skiing around the peak from a single lift, a topographical feature few resorts in the world are lucky to have,” said Katkov in a press release.

The 997-acre expansion on Grey alone is about the same size as the Mt. Baker Ski Area in Washington. The total acreage with the new terrain on Grey made Red larger than Jackson Hole, WY.

With the new zone, Red falls into the top three per cent of all resorts in North America for skiable acres (2,682).

In 2012-13, Red shuttled skiers in groups of nine to the top of Grey using a new snowcat. has At the completion of run development, Grey Mountain will have 22 perfect ski runs, leaving plenty of trees and terrain variations for riders to express themselves on.

 

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