Wrightwood, CA—July 7, 2006:  Mountain High, Southern California’s Closest Winter Resort, has begun a $2 Million base area expansion at the West Resort.  Changes include the relocation of the Coyote and Roadrunner chairlifts, expansion and renovation of the base deck, remodeling of the West base lodge, and the installation of a new surface lift to move introductory guests up to the Winter Sports School.  This project will add roughly 500 more seats to the West deck and improve the flow of traffic both on and off the snow.   

Says Karl Kapuscinski, President and CEO, “We are very busy this summer.  This project has been on the drawing boards for some time and it’s great to finally see it come to fruition.  With an expansion of this size, guests are sure to see a difference when they visit the resort this winter.  

The movement of the Coyote and Roadrunner chair lifts will cost $250,000 and take approximately 3 months.  Guests will exit in the same location but enter in a new foundation roughly 100 yards up the mountain.  Not only will this reduce congestion in the base area but provide passengers with a wider lift maze and easier access.   

Says Ben Smith, Lift Services Manager, “This is a large undertaking but the benefits will far surpass the time and effort we’re putting into it.   

The new lift placement provides the room necessary for expanding the base area facilities.  In addition to the increased seating, the new deck will come complete with a patio bar, barbecue, fire pit, equipment check and permanent stage for events and concerts.   Guests can sip a cup of gourmet coffee, put their feet up by the fire, or enjoy one of many live performances.  Extending from the new deck is a 325 foot moving carpet which will help visitors access the beginner terrain and the Winter Sports School. 

Inside the lodge, the sport shop and restaurant are getting a face lift, and the ticket windows are being completely redone with new platforms, windows and awnings.  Guests will enjoy the new décor and be able to sample a number of mouth-watering entrees.   

Since Mountain High is known for its terrain parks, this season’s improvements also include many specially designed features, some which you go over, some which you go under, and some which you can go through.  Nights will light up as well as the resort installs a new entertainment system projecting both videos and music across the slopes every evening. 

Says Justin Montoya, Terrain Park & Grooming Manager, “We are looking to capitalize on the momentum we generated last year and expand our terrain program even further to show guests and the industry that we are in the forefront of terrain park design. 

Across the street at the North Resort, a new 340 foot moving carpet has been added to the North Pole Tubing Park and work continues on the base lodge.  Over $100,000 is being invested in the North Resort alone to provide families and beginners with and exceptional winter experience. 

Overall, more than $2 Million is being invested at Mountain High this summer and resort operators are sure guests will love the improvements.  For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact John McColly, Director of Marketing, at (760) 316-7830 or john@mthigh.com.