Martis Camp express chairlift set for a winter opening |

Martis Camp express chairlift set for a winter opening

A maze of rough work roads lead to the Martis Camp express lift, and with construction on schedule for a winter opening this winter, the now-dry landscape promises expanded skiing in the northern Sierra.

With ski season on the horizon, Tahoe area resort owners are gearing up, looking to improve sales after several lackluster seasons.

In a move to connect the Martis Camp community to the Northstar-at-Tahoe resort, the old Lookout Express chairlift has been extended by 2,306 feet to end at a new base station just inside Martis Camp.

The new lift will be a total of 5,128 feet long with a vertical drop of 1,722 feet.

It will be open to all Northstar skiers and riders, while Martis Camp club members also will have access to a private warming hut and shuttle service from their homes.

Tim Beck, Booth Creek’s executive vice president of planning, explained the details of the extended lift, the new runs, and the low-impact effort taken in their construction.

“This has been a very sensitive project for us,” said Beck referring to the forestry work on Lookout Mountain.

“For all the glading work, we’ve hand cut the timber and brought the logs out without machinery because we can’t bring heavy equipment into these areas,” Beck said.

Three existing advanced runs will be extended in the development, in addition to the creation of one brand new intermediate run to the east of the existing Lookout Mountain trails.

“We tried to create a unique run that was more sensitive to the land than it looks,” said Beck, discussing the new, intermediate ski run called Washoe.

“The run will have tree islands all the way down the middle,” he added. “You’ll be able to get a different experience every time you ski the run, depending on how you move through the islands.”

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