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Vail Resorts announced, this week, that it will invest $13 million in its newest Midwest ski area: Wilmot Mountain, which Vail Resorts acquired in January. Wilmot, 65 miles north of Chicago, was the 13th ski area added to Vail Resorts’ empire.
Aiming for a “re-imagined guest experience” for the mountain, Vail will be entirely renovating the base lodge, adding 400 seats to the dining/lounge area and upgrading the food and beverage offerings in order to accommodate more guests.
“We think our guests from Chicago and Milwaukee will be thrilled with the investments we are making at Wilmot for the 2016-2017 ski season, which represents one of the biggest transformations ever undertaken for a Midwestern ski area,” Rob Katz, Vail Resorts’ chairman and chief executive officer, says in a statement.
In addition to the base area transformation, three new four-person chairlifts will replace existing lifts, and a high-speed rope tow for the terrain park and two surface conveyor lifts in the beginner area will round out the lift improvements. The terrain park will also get overhauled with features designed by Vail’s terrain park staff at its western resorts.
Wilmot is also slated to receive new snowmaking infrastructure, with the addition of energy-efficient snowmaking guns and pumps to help Wilmot open more terrain earlier in the season as well as recover from mid-season snow loss due to warmer temperature.