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Get ready for loading on the Glory Ridge Triple Chair

By The Nelson Daily Sports

Whitewater Ski Resort is slowly, but surely, moving up on the Big Dogs.
For the first time in more than 15 years the Nelson-based ski resort is opening a new lift.

“It’s awesome," said Whitewater General Manager Brian Cusack in a written press release.
"I kinda hate that word,” Cusack adds with a laugh, “but, yeah, it’s awesome.”

Friday, the first chair, with raffle winner Marley Bassett sitting to enjoy the view, heads up the mountain at Whitewater on the new Glory Ridge lift. The new lift nearly doubles the size of ski terrain for Whitewater.

Rising 2,042 vertical-feet in 11 minutes, the new Glory Ridge Chair will at full build-out open 303 hectares (749 acres) of advanced and intermediate ski terrain, upping the resort’s skiable area to a formidable 533 hectares (1,317 acres).

The Glory Chair, purchased during the summer and trucked all the way north from the storied slopes of Vail, Colorado, will initially open eight new runs (five expert and three intermediate) and a sprawling, 180-degree mountain side of world-class glade and tree skiing.

Cusack said combined with the resort’s other two lifts, the Summit and Silver King doubles, Whitewater would offer Canada’s best lift serviced deep-powder skiing.

True to Whitewater’s fame for deep, dry snow, skiers and snowboarders heading to the Glory Chair’s highly anticipated grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning will be celebrating Christmas a few days early, thanks to a stellar start to the 2010/11 season.

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