New Chairlift For Winter 23/24

Wild Mountain is getting a new chairlift, baybeeeeeeee!
 
Yup, you heard that right, we will be installing a brand-spanking-new Skytrac 4-person chairlift. The new chairlift will run parallel to Chair 2, and act as a replacement for the current Chair 3 which was the first chairlift built at Wild Mountain in 1972.
 
The new chairlift will become the primary chairlift used for access from the base lodge, but Chair 2 will remain in use for summer operations and high visitation days during the winter.
 
We’ve begun clearing the trees between Ego Alley and the Wild trails to make room for the chair. We’ll complete the tree clearing in the coming weeks. Then, we’ll do our site survey in August which will allow manufacturing oif our chairlift components to take place this winter. Finally, the new chairlift will be erected during the summer of 2023 and ready for use during the 23/24 ski season.
 
Once this new chairlift is installed, we will remove Chair 3 which will make the South Wild trail free of lift tower obstructions. Vintage chairs from the disassembled chairlift will be available for purchase next summer (details TBD).
 
This investment marks the first new chairlift installed at Wild Mountain since Chair 1 was installed in 1983 – 39 years ago.

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Base Area Investments For Winter 2022/23

Over the last two years we’ve made improvements across the property. Some has just been paint and pretty signage. Others have been much bigger like the new Corduroy Club bar, sun deck and patio. We’ve also done something else. We started taking the planet into account on every important decision we’ve made.

Today, Wild Mountain operates the resort on 100% clean energy. Our culinary program has stopped over 500,000 pieces of single-use plastic from entering the waste stream. And, we’ve invested in ways to reduce our overall carbon footprint. All those efforts, along others, have allowed us to become the only CarbonNeutral® Certified Ski Resort in North America.

In the year ahead, we plan on doing more big things for the Wild-faithful. Beginning this spring, we’ll be changing the arrival area with a new entrance and guest drop-off area. Then, we’ll be adding additional windows in the Eagle’s Nest for expansive views of the mountain. Plus, we’ll be redesigning our kitchen, menu and guest queuing area for an upgraded dining experience.

We will also be making improvements to the lower level of our base lodge with completely redesigned bathrooms which will be the finest in ski country.

Additionally, we’ll continue to account for the greenhouse gases we still emit into the atmosphere by purchasing carbon offsets and remaining a CarbonNeutral® Certified company.

 

 

New For 2021/22

We are excited to debut a host of new amenities this winter.

Our first big improvement will be the opening of a new bar - Corduroy Club. This new space is a chic addition to the Wild Mountain experience. The space has soft seating and a fireplace. Plus, it has seating at the bar which is made from a beautiful live edge timber slab. Of course, the bar has 10 taps and all the drink options you would expect.

Adjacent to the Corduroy Club, we've erected a 2,000 square foot sun deck to soak-up the afternoon rays.

Plus, we've created a new locker room to consolidate the lockers into a single location. This new locker room has seating for all and easy access to both the parking lot and snow front.

All these improvements are consistent with our principle to “Keep It Wild” – a commitment to improve the guest experience without losing the vibe that makes Wild, Wild.

 

Proudly Carbon Neutral

We are proud to announce that Wild Mountain has achieved carbon neutrality, an environmental milestone, through reducing energy use, diverting waste and offsetting carbon.

Environmental stewardship is a key pillar to Wild Mountain’s operations, and we achieved the CarbonNeutral® Certification from Natural Capital Partners, the leading experts on carbon neutrality, which works with organizations around the world to deliver solutions that ensure immediate, positive impacts on the world’s natural capital.

To achieve carbon neutrality, Natural Capital Partners worked with us to calculate and offset the property’s unavoidable emissions by supporting a project to reduce the equivalent emissions. Natural Capital Partners identified the Seneca Meadows Landfill Gas project in New York. By providing essential carbon finance to this project, Wild Mountain supports the capture of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) from New York’s largest non-hazardous solid waste facility to generate electricity to power 18,000 homes. Along with achieving the CarbonNeutral® Certification, Wild Mountain is working on numerous environmental initiatives which include:

  • Working to eliminate single-use plastic across all of its operations which will divert up to 288,000 pieces of plastic from the waste stream by September 2021.
  • Operating on 100% clean energy by offsetting dirty energy with renewable energy certificates from energy installations in Minnesota.
  • Offering new eco-friendly shirts and hoodies made from 100% recycled fabric which uses 10-times less water and fossil fuel to create.
  • Began an LED light conversion for night skiing across the trail system.


Of course, there’s more that we can do to account for our environmental impacts. But, achieving carbon neutrality is a positive step on our journey to Keep It Wild. 

 

Keep It Wild Story

We want Wild Mountain to be successful today, and successful in 100 years from today.  That means we need to make investments for the good of our campus and the climate. 

Improvements are being made from laptop to mountaintop to improve the guest experience.  Plus, we are making decisions that address carbon emissions, waste diversion and support renewable energy.  

Our investments in the physical property and the environment are just getting started.  We still have a long road ahead of us, but we hope you’ll notice our efforts on this journey. 

All of these investments have a common thread – we intend to Keep It Wild.  What’s that mean?  It’s simple - Wild Mountain is a special place and 100% Minnesota.  We intend to retain the vibe that been humming here for the last 59 years.   

 

Environmental Initiatives

Monarch Waystation

Monarch Waystation

The monarch butterfly, quite possibly the most beloved bug of Minnesota, has been added to the Endangered Species List created by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

 

These delightful creatures make an extraordinary migration each year from North America to their wintering grounds in Mexico. But, habitat loss and climate change is driving populations down.  The insect that we enjoying seeing has declined 84% from 1996 to 2014.

 

In 2021, Wild Mountain recognized this plight and registered the mountain as a Monarch Waystation with Monarch Watch. Wild Mountain’s ski trails offer a prairie environment with the types of milkweed species monarchs need to reproduce. Our waystation designation means that we’ve minimized summer trail mowing to ensure monarchs, and pollinators of all types, have food and shelter during the spring, summer and fall.

Low Energy Snowmaking

Low Energy Snowmaking

Wild Mountain has acquired 4 HKD Volt snowguns to support reducing energy consumption for snowmaking. These snowmakers use approximately 1/3 the power as traditional snowguns. Two of these units were made possible from the 2021 Sustainable Slopes Grant from the National Ski Areas Association and HKD Snowmakers.

Electric Snowmobiles

Electric Snowmobiles

We've pre-ordered two Taiga Nomad electric snowmobiles.  We'll be one of the first ski areas in North America to convert to electric, emissions-free snowmobiles.  Oh yeah... they also go zero to 60mph in 3 seconds.

Carbon Neutral

Carbon Neutral

In January 2021, Wild Mountain was awarded the CarbonNeutral® Certiffication from Natural Capital Partners for its work  on reducing and offsetting its carbon emissions.

CARBON MONITORING

CARBON MONITORING

In September of 2020 we began working with Natural Capital Partners to measure our carbon footprint.  Measurement of the carbon we are emitting is a critical step in the long-term assessment and reduction of our carbon-emitting practices.

ECO-FRIENDLY RETAIL

ECO-FRIENDLY RETAIL

Our retail shirts and hoodies are made of recycled plastic, recycled cotton, organic cotton and Modal (a fabric made from plastic and cellulose from birch trees).  The fabrics are more friendly to the environment as they utilize recycled materials and use less (or no) water and fertilizers to create.  

LED LIGHT CONVERSION

LED LIGHT CONVERSION

We installed our first LED light on the South Wild trail. LED lighting is much more efficient than our current metal halide lighting.  Going forward, we plan to use LEDs to replace our existing flood lights across our slopes.

IMPROVED RECYCLING

IMPROVED RECYCLING

We are eliminating single-use plastic beverage bottles and moving to infinitely recyclable aluminum bottles.  To support that, we’ve added recycling receptacles across our property to support recycling and reduce waste.

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC REDUCTION

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC REDUCTION

Wild Mountain created 288,000 pieces of single-use plastic waste in the past year. That's too much, and we are working to stop that with the elimination of single-use plastic on our property. We’ve moved to durable cutlery and food service wares in the goal of reducing the amount of plastic we add to the waste stream.

100% CLEAN ENERGY

100% CLEAN ENERGY

Our team partnered with 3Degrees to offset the dirty energy coming to Wild Mountain with Renewable Energy Certificates generated from sources in Minnesota.  Wild Mountain now operates year-round on 100% clean energy created in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. 

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

One EV charger and one Tesla charger charger has been installed to support the needs of the emerging clean vehicle market.  These two chargers are available to all guests, free of charge.  

 

 

Capital Improvements

  • BAR & LOUNGE

    We are adding a new bar and lounge adjacent to the Eagle’s Nest! The new bar will have a long row of seats along the counter, plus it will have a sitting area with great views of the slopes.  It will open for the winter of 2021/22.

    BAR & LOUNGE
  • SUN DECK

    We will be constructing a 2,000 square foot deck on the west side of our building. The new deck will be a gathering place for afternoon sun in both summer and winter.  This amenity will be open for the winter of 2021/22.

    SUN DECK
  • CHAIRLIFT REFURBISHMENT

    We are updating our chairlifts to make them more beautiful and extend their life.  The carriers on Chairlifts 1 and 2 have been repainted and new oak slats have been added to give them gorgeous vintage look.  Plus, we’ve repainted many of the lift buildings and added barn quilt signage as a nod to the regions Swedish heritage.  We’ll make these same improvements to Chairs 3 and 4 in future seasons. 

    CHAIRLIFT REFURBISHMENT
  • RETAIL EXPERIENCE

    We’ve reimagined our retail area to add space and create a more enjoyable shopping experience.  Plus, we've increased our inventory to add more logo gear, glassware and essentials.

    RETAIL EXPERIENCE
  • BASE CAMP

    We’ve invested in a 2,400 square foot, heated tent that will act as outdoor dining during the pandemic. In the summer months, this new tent will be used for weddings in our outdoor ceremony location. Covid-19 gave us lemons, so we made lemonade.

    BASE CAMP
  • RENTAL EQUIPMENT

    The beginner experience is critically important to growing participation in winter sports.  And, learning on modern gear makes the first day on snow even better.  So, we have begun the multi-year process of updating our rental equipment fleet. 

    RENTAL EQUIPMENT
  • ECOMMERCE

    Our online shopping experience has been enhanced with a new ecommerce site.  Now guests can purchase all of our service online with a single shopping cart.  

    ECOMMERCE

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Plastic Reduction

Plastic Reduction

There's too much plastic being used at Wild Mountain.  We are going to change that.

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100-Day Pledge | New Pass Products

100-Day Pledge | New Pass Products

We are committed to offering some peace of mind for our loyal season pass holders.

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Winter Operations

Winter Operations

We'll be making some operational changes to support guest safety and act within Minnesota and federal mandates.

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Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Wild Mountain now operates on 100% renewable energy.

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Chairlifts

Chairlifts

We are updating our chairlifts to be
one-of-a-kind.

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Anthem

Anthem

Here's to you. Here's to Minnesota. 
Here's to keeping it wild.

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