Idaho’s Brundage Mountain Opens New High-speed Quad to Summit
—by Jay Flemma, special to the Communications Committee—
McCALL, ID – Central Idaho’s Brundage Mountain is debuting their newest lift this season: The new “Centennial Express”, a Doppelmayr 4CLD lift, will cut the ride time from base to summit from 16 minutes to just six. The upgrade gives Brundage, a NASJA corporate member, a second high-speed quad on the resort’s front side and will help spread traffic both on the mountain and at the base and parking areas.
“The Centennial Express replaces the Centennial Triple Chair that was 32 years old. Like the triple once did, the Express services the south end of the front side,” said April Whitney, Brundage’s lead media contact. “Now we not only have redundancy, with two high speed quads on the front, now both of our parking lots will offer a better arrival experience.”
Future expansion plans at Brundage Mountain include a chairlift to the north, serving the 7,803-foot (2,378 m) summit of Sargent’s Mountain (formerly known as “Brundage Mountain”). The new chair will open new expert terrain and reach 163 feet (50 m) higher than the present summit, the top of the Blue Bird Express quad. From the present summit elevation of 7,6,40 feet above sea level, Brundage offers a full 1,800 feet of vertical over 46 trails and glades covering 1,500 skiable acres of terrain.