Trollhaugen recreation area expands, adds new lifts and trails

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A favorite recreation area for outdoor enthusiasts just got bigger.

the Trollhaugen outdoor recreation area in western Wisconsin announced the completion of the first phase of improvements that will result in new trails and chairlifts to get there.

“Last season has sparked an interest in snowsports and outdoor winter recreation like we’ve never seen in our history, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Quite frankly, we’re just as thankful that blown away by everyone’s enthusiasm for getting on the snow,” Trollhaugen’s third-generation owner Jim Rochford said in an announcement.

A three-phase construction project began in the summer of 2021 to remove a 1969 two-person single-speed chairlift and replace it with a new variable-speed four-person chairlift where the old “Chair 1” was located. The first phase also began clearing up to three new trails on the east side of its summit area, as well as beginning the installation of new snowmaking infrastructure in the expanded area.

“Our mission has always been to continually reinvest in the skier experience while staying true to the family atmosphere of the Midwest ski area that makes Trollhaugen feel like home to so many,” Rochford said in the statement. ‘announcement.

The second phase has an estimated completion date of summer 2022. It will include the finishing of the new trails in the summit area and the installation of new snowmaking infrastructure, as well as the installation of lighting in the area newly enlarged.

The final phase of construction will be completed by summer 2023 and will install a new three-person variable-speed chairlift in the Summit area to provide service to the new trails.

Trollhaugen has operated in Dresser, Wisconsin for 72 years, offering winter and summer activities.

“After months of planning, preparation and hard work, there is no greater joy than to finally see happy skiers and snowboarders being transported up the hill to enjoy the slopes on this new chairlift,” said said Marsha Hovey, Marketing Director of Trollhaugen. “It’s a little hard to put into words, but a ski area is almost like a movie theater in that we can only accommodate a limited number of people before it gets crowded and alters the experience. More terrain and more lifts means an even better day on the slopes.”

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