Nova Scotia

Ski Wentworth to install 2nd chairlift in time for next ski season

It’s going to be a busy summer in Nova Scotia's Wentworth Valley with the construction of a second chairlift at Ski Wentworth. The significant investment will lead to fewer lineups and more runs down the hill for skiers next winter.

Ski Wentworth to become first N.S. ski facility with two chairlifts

There will be 144 new quad chairs installed as part of a second chairlift at Ski Wentworth. (Submitted by Ski Wentworth)

It's going to be a busy summer in the valley of snow with the construction of a second chairlift at Ski Wentworth.

A $4.5 million investment will lead to fewer lineups and more runs down the hill for skiers next winter at the facility in Nova Scotia's Wentworth Valley.

"This will basically double our uphill capacity while decreasing lift lineups and wait times and put more people on snow," said Leslie Wilson, general manager and president of Ski Wentworth.

The installation of the new chairlift will not be a small task. Sixteen towers will need to be fixed into place on the hill as well as terminals at the top and bottom. Helicopters will be used to help with the heavy lifting.

A helicopter will be used to transport these 16 towers up the hill for the new chairlift at Ski Wentworth. (Submitted by Ski Wentworth)

A team of employees from chairlift manufacturer Doppelmayr are currently in the Wentworth Valley.

"There are five of them and they are taking charge of the construction project," said Wilson. "They have it well mapped out and they are telling us that if all goes well, we should have an operational lift by mid-September."

Ski Wentworth would become the first ski hill in Nova Scotia to have two chairlifts. While the 144 quad chairs and the equipment for it aren't cheap, the investment will also help with other tourism projects at the hill.

"We are also looking at building on the shoulder season in the fall, running the Fall Festival of Colours longer, for a whole month," said Wilson. "Eventually we have some longer-term goals of being a four-season destination."

Ski Wentworth is getting a $500,000 repayable contribution from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. 

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