Closer every day. We are so very close. Yesterday, Friday the 5th, all carriers were loaded on the Wenatchee Express for the very first time. It was a truly awesome sight, stopping both snowboarders and skiers as well as employees for a moment to take in the beauty of our new chair. For so many who have worked so long and hard on this project, as well as those who have waited in great anticipation since the end of last season, it was an emotional moment. While the timeline for this project has stretched on longer than anyone would have preferred, this is a huge project and will be a tremendous improvement for our passholders and guests. This is not just a chairlift. This is an investment in the Mission Ridge community that will be enjoyed for a long, long time
Load testing and final inspections are scheduled for Friday the 12th. While things are subject to change, we are in really good shape right now. Between now and the certification of the lift, we will be loading carriers and running the chair while testing all of the systems in advance of inspections. There cannot be an opening date until after load testing and the certification of the chair. As soon as we know with certainty when the Wenatchee Express will open we will communicate that date. This announcement may come quick and at a moment's notice. We know everyone is very excited for that announcement. Thank you all for your support and patience as we look forward to soon loading the Wenatchee Express for the first time.