After a $13 million investment, Wilmot Mountain reopens

Wilmot Mountain

photo courtesy of Wilmot Mountain

On Saturday, January 7, Wilmot Mountain will be holding an official celebration of their re-Opening. The celebration is for the completion of a $13 million renovation done by Vail Resorts who purchased the resort about a year ago for an estimated $20 million. The celebration is open to the public and will feature various family-friendly events. Guests will also be able to see and experience the numerous improvements made including new lifts, dramatically improved snowmaking, fully renovated base lodge, new kids ski and snowboard school facility, and upgraded terrain park.

Wilmot Mountain lifts

photo courtesy of Wilmot Mountain

Although Wilmot Mountain is not a large mountain, it is a long-time favorite for many in the area. The mountain was founded in 1938 by Walt Stopa who was intrigued by his new found sport. The mountain started with a simple rope tow and expanded through the years and becoming the mountain where many in the Chicago and Milwaukee area first learned to ski. Once the mountain was purchased in January 2016, many locals wondered if the small family run resort would lose its familiar appeal. But, with a $13 million modernization, skiers and riders will fondly remember the past, but look forward to the future.  

The $13 million investment makes it the premier ski and snowboard resort for both Chicagoans and Wisconsinites. The changes include:

  • New Lifts and a new high-speed rope tow in the terrain park and two new surface conveyor lifts in the beginner area. The changes are expected to increase capacity by up to 45 percent.
  • The entire base area has been modernized and transformed to include an additional 400 seats with upgrades in food and beverage offerings.
  • A New Kids’ Ski and Snowboard School and Enhanced Beginner Area has been added. 
  • New Terrain Park and High-Speed Rope Tow. A new expanded terrain park will offer unique and innovative features designed and created by terrain park staff at the Company’s western resorts, as well as the addition of a new high-speed rope tow to enable skiers and snowboarders to spend more time in the terrain park.
  • Expanded State-of-the Art Snowmaking. More than four miles of new snowmaking pipe and 56 new snowmaking guns have been ordered, including 30 low-energy fan tower guns, six portable fan guns and 20 air-water guns.  

Wilmot Mountain Walts Tavern

photo courtesy of Wilmot Mountain

All of the changes are huge improvements and kudos goes to Vail Resorts for coming in and adding a lot of TLC to an aging ski mountain. Yes, some old and familiar things such as the fireplace are gone. But, Vail made some nice gestures by using some of the historical photos provided by the Stopas Family and also for naming the new tavern after the founder. All of these improvements will be well received by locals and is sure to expand Vails “EPIC” brand which will encourage these customers to their other popular destination.

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