LAC LA BELLE - With the triple chairlift currently out of commission, Mount Bohemia will be using five buses to shuttle skiers and snowboarders back and forth to the lifts on the weekend. Normally only two buses are used.
"We can move 125 people every 10 minutes," said Mount Bohemia proprietor Lonie Glieberman. "They know how fast it goes."
Glierberman added the materials needed to repair the gear box arrived at the company two weeks earlier than expected, but is still projecting the chairlift to be back in operation Feb. 1.
"The triple chair lift is a little bit of a disappointment, but there's nowhere anywhere in the Midwest with what Mount Bohemia has," he said.
Glieberman has also added an additional season pass option to the sale that will be held Saturday. Customers can now choose between either the $99 pass for this season or a $159 pass that will be good for both this season and next. Passes will be good every day. After the Saturday sale, the price for the single season pass will be raised to $340 and the two-season pass will not be available.
The decision for both the pass and and the buses comes after polling Mount Bohemia's Facebook fans, Glieberman said.
"We've done quite a bit of surveying with our customers," he said. "The biggest thing the customers want is that the pass is good every day. They didn't want to see restrictions on use."
According to Glieberman, Mount Bohemia has also been named the No. 1 "off the beaten path" ski resort by Freeskier Magazine.
Passes can be purchased at mtbohemia.com.