WENATCHEE — Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort announced Wednesday that the installation of its new chair lift will be delayed until spring 2020.

The current chair lift, known as The Liberator, will stay in place until the spring, according to a Wednesday press release.

The project was first announced in March and it was initially scheduled to be completed by this fall.

The resort is waiting to get approval from the U.S. Forest Service and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife before it can proceed.

Approval from those agencies is expected this summer, according to the release.

Mission Ridge to replace 'The Liberator' chair lift

Some preliminary work, including concrete work on the bases, will begin this fall, but the bulk of the construction will be done next year.

“Our goal for this summer is to get some of the footing and foundation work done for the new towers and potentially some of the structural components,” Mission Ridge General Manager Josh Jorgensen said in the release. “Then, with all approvals in place and a good head start, we will install the new lift in the summer of 2020.”

The new chair lift will have better seating and retractable plexiglass “bubbles” that lower to protect riders from the cold.

It was built by Austrian company Doppelmayr in 1988, Jorgensen told The Wenatchee World in March. The resort purchased it from a company in Europe, but he declined to say how much it cost.

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