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This bit was tacked on to another article about skier visits. I've already posted before about the Flower Point project.
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Future projects at the resort could attract even more skiers. A new chairlift to Flower Point will open up a lot of terrain on the back side of Big Mountain known for tree skiing and holding powder.
Some flagging is in place for a new lift line into Hellroaring Basin, from Grand Junction, where the Hellfire and Glory Hole runs intersect, directly to the summit, and for some additional glading in the area. The ski run from Grand Junction to the base of the current Chair 8 sometimes lacks sufficient snow in early season and can be dangerous.
But the resort also wants to expand the Summit House by about 5,000 square feet, with more restrooms, a larger and more efficient food court, and 250-300 more seats. The Summit House was built in 1985 and needs updating, Graves told the Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce on March 11.
The Summit House expansion could take priority over the new Hellroaring lift line. Also, a proposed chairlift from the MoeMentum Run to the top of the East Rim was put on hold so the Flower Point chairlift could be completed, Graves said.
“The Flower Point lift is a great insurance policy for Christmas skiers in seasons with low snowfall,” he said.
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Thread Starter 
More info about the above projects.
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New lift, additional improvements continue at Whitefish Mountain Resort
Montana ski area continues enhancing the guest experience with over $2.4 million in upgrades

WHITEFISH, MT – April 17, 2014 – After another record breaking season, Whitefish Mountain Resort is already looking forward to entering the 2014/2015 season with more than $2.4 million in improvements. The investment is evident of the resort’s ongoing commitment to providing its guests with quality experiences on and off the mountain.

Whitefish Mountain Resort will complete its two-year $1.29 million Flower Point Project by installing a fixed-grip triple chairlift to the north side of the mountain for the 2014/2015 season. This will open up access to new runs and glading from the top of Flower Point creating an additional 200 acres of lift-served terrain and will provide more dependable conditions early and late season on its north-facing slopes.

“The Flower Point Chair will create a stand-alone pod of skiing where our guests can take advantage of some of the best snow conditions at our resort,” Whitefish Mountain Resort President Dan Graves said. “We’ve already received positive feedback from our guests about the new runs we opened last season in the area, and we anticipate the lift and additional acreage will be the icing on the cake.”

The Flower Point Project added four new runs for winter 2013/2014, and with the addition of the chairlift four more runs will greet skiers and snowboarders this coming season. Flower Point is so named for the wildflower-covered alpine meadow on its peak and offers a spectacular view of the North Fork area in Glacier National Park. In tribute to this national treasure, most runs are named after locales in the national park: North Fork, Whiskey Spring, Big Creek, Inside Road, Outside Road, and Hidden Meadow. An additional run, Ridge Run, will run along the northeast boundary of the resort. The lift will also provide access to a sixth new run yet to be named on the south side of Flower Point.

Also in its second year of improvements, the Base Lodge will undergo a half-million dollar renovation this summer and fall. Construction has begun on several projects which will include an expansion of the food court area, and an additional cashier station which will improve the efficiency and flow as well as provide new food stations creating more options for guests. Additionally the Coffee Bar will be relocated and offer guests window access from the outside patio area and a new seating area will provide indoor seating for customers as well as overflow seating for the Base Lodge Café.

Further Base Area improvements include a new parking lot near the Base Lodge that will accommodate up to 300 cars and an additional shuttle van for free transportation between the Base Area, Upper Village and lodging areas. On-snow improvements include the purchase of two snowcats and upgrades to snowmaking in the beginner ski areas. New scanning technology will also be purchased to improve speed and processing at restaurants, rental and retail shops and lifts.
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