Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Right on schedule

More pouring, more footings, and a lot of progress happening with our big summer new chairlift project. There are just a couple of tower footings left to pour and the bottom terminal footing. Our crew is right on schedule with this huge project and I can’t wait to see the finished product. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

New chairlift footings

Our team has been hard at work in June and now July with the new chairlift footings. The footing for the top terminal of the lift is now completed and work is underway with tower footings. Below are some recent photos of the work. 

Top terminal completed footing 

Old lift towers, which will come down soon. New lift line just to the right! 

Rebar artwork or tower footings? 😎

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

New Chairlift Update: June 8

Our new quad chairlift installation project is in full swing. Today was an important day because most of the rebar for the tower and terminal footings arrived. Next, our team will begin assembling all of the rebar and get ready to pour the footings in the next couple weeks or so. We’ll keep you posted with more updates again soon. A lot will be happening now with this big project in the next few weeks and will continue all the way through the start of the 2021-22 season. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

We have some exciting news to share!
This spring, we contracted with Doppelmayr USA Inc to construct and install a brand new 4-person fixed grip chairlift on the east side of the ski area.  This new lift will replace the Hall #4 double chairlift and be constructed near the same lift line.  The bottom of the lift will actually be placed about 30 ft to the west (towards Jaxx).  You will unload the new lift in the same location as the #4 double chair.  

By moving the bottom of this new lift further to the west, we will be able to open up the bottom of the Harley's Hollow enabling guests to actually ski and ride in-between the new quad chair and the Triple Chair.  There are a lot of exciting aspects to this project (and other projects) that we will share with you over the course of the summer and fall.  

Right now, the anticipated opening for this lift is early December.  Our crew has begun to take down the double chair and we will also soon be taking down the Hall #3 double chair on Bakkelyka as well.  We have not used this lift for several seasons now primarily because we have two 4-person chairs that service the same area. 

This is new lift will look just like the pictures below.  The lift itself will be very similar to the two Doppelmayr quad lifts we currently have (Lookout #2 chair & Back Bowl #6 chair) but will have some added modern advances like a larger bottom terminal building.  

We are also expecting to finish work on the East and West Quad Riplet lifts and add restraining bars to those lifts this summer as well.   Superior Tramway has experienced significant manufacturing and shipping delays because of the pandemic.  

We are excited about adding yet another brand new, state of the art, chairlift to Welch Village.  Look for more updates on this project and more very soon! 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Picnic tables & Parking Lots

We would like to thank the City of Red Wing for renting us several of their picnic tables for us to use the remainder of the season. It should be a great spring skiing season and patio season this year. The snow is still abundant and the conditions are just awesome right now. 

We are also doing what we can do improve spring parking lot conditions. We have contracted with our neighbors Luhmans Construction to bring in a lot of material over the next few days. A lot of this is quality base material which we hope will improve the condition of parking for several seasons. Luhmans is working on the east end of the main lot today and will work on the west end next week. 

East quad chair up and running

Happy to report that the east quad chair is up and running as of Friday at 9am. Our third party testing procedures went very well this week.  I rode the lift several times this morning and I plan to ride it much more this afternoon once the bumps on Dud’s soften up a bit. 

Friday, February 19, 2021

East Quad Chair not operating weekend of Feb. 20-21

During the past week at Welch Village we had an incident occur on our East Quad lift that requires us, in accordance with lift standards and best practices in our industry, to perform further internal inspection, testing, and independent third party analysis before we are able to reopen the lift. We want to clarify that no one was injured as part of the incident, however, the East Quad lift will not be running this weekend due to the inspection, testing, and independent third party analysis that needs to occur. Our team has started performing our internal processes of inspection late this week, however, the third party that we have contracted to perform further analysis is not available until early next week. Inspections like this occur routinely by our team at Welch Village and within the ski and snowboard industry as a whole.

Chairlift safety is of the utmost concern at Welch Village, and we feel that it is the best decision to not run the East Quad until the entire inspection process is complete. We do understand that the timing of this inspection occurring over the weekend is not ideal as the East Ridge Double Chair will now be the only chairlift servicing the East Side slopes this weekend.

In response to being down this major chairlift this coming weekend, Welch Village made the decision to sell out of lift tickets for both Saturday and Sunday in order to help alleviate any congestion for our guests on the east side, specifically our season pass holders.

We have every intention of running the East Quad again later this season once all of the necessary routine inspection steps are complete, and we thank all of our guests for understanding.