Grand Targhee Resort to Replace Blackfoot Chairlift

(Alta, WY – April 13, 2016) Grand Targhee Resort is excited to announce that the Blackfoot chairlift will be replaced with a new Doppelmayr fixed grip quad chairlift this summer. The Blackfoot chairlift has been an iconic piece of Grand Targhee Resort’s history since 1974, when it was installed. This lift accesses over 500 acres and 1,200 vertical feet of terrain. The lone double chair is due for retirement and with this, brings a new chapter in Grand Targhee’s history.

The old Blackfoot chair, manufactured by Riblet, was built in 1974 and had a 960 passenger per hour uphill capacity. The total ride time was about 8 minutes. Moving forward, Blackfoot will be replaced by a Doppelmayr fixed grip quad with comfort bar and foot rests that can haul 1,800 guests per hour. The total ride time will decrease to 7 minutes. In the event of a power outage the new lift will be able to run off of diesel power.

Construction on the lift will begin immediately with the goal of having the new Blackfoot lift ready for opening day of the 2016/17 winter season. “The entire resort team is excited to replace and upgrade the Blackfoot chairlift,” stated marketing & sales director, Ken Rider. He goes on to say, “The resort ownership and entire team is committed to the guest experience and reinvesting in the resort with ongoing improvements that enhance the guest experience. This is the largest and most visible of many recent capital investments the resort has made.”

Old Blackfoot:
Year built: 1974
Type: Riblet Double
Passenger per hour: 960
Rope Speed: 400 Feet per minute
Vertical Rise: 1200 feet
Ride time: 8 minutes
Standby power: no standby power unit, evacuation power unit only

New Blackfoot:
Year built: 2016
Type: Doppelmayr fixed grip quad with foot rests
Passengers per hour: 1800
Rope speed: 450 Feet per minute
Vertical rise: 1200 feet
Ride time 7 minutes
Standby power: Diesel power unit at 100% capacity 350 FPM

The resort is encouraging guests to share their photos and memories of Blackfoot on all social channels – #BlackfootMemories.
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Contact: Jennie White
Marketing & Social Media
Grand Targhee Resort
(o): 307-353-2300 x 1328
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Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible through Teton Valley, Idaho. Tucked among spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is an intimate summer getaway for adventure-seekers, with miles of lift-accessed hiking, runningand mountain biking trails, renowned music festivals and a variety of activities in a pristine high alpine environment. During the winter, the abundance of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and virtual lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise, continually recognized for great snow, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty and excellent value. Grand Targhee is ranked in the top 5 Mountain Bike Parks in the Northwest by For more information, please visit our website at


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