Trollhaugen announces expansion amidst busiest year ever
The 2020-21 season for Trollhaugen is going to be memorable in more ways than one. The popular outdoor recreation area announced last week plans of expansion and renovation amidst a year unlike any other.
Marsha Hovey, Marketing Director, explained these plans have been at the top of the wish list for owners Jim and Laura Rochford.
“It’s been their dream to see the sports grow,” Hovey said. “It’s very cool of them to invest in the ski area.”
The expansion project will go in three phrases, Hovey explained. The first phase, starting this summer will remove the two-person chairlift and replace it with a four-person chairlift.
This will benefit beginners and those who need more assistance, she stated.
“The older lift was not family friendly,” she continued.
Meanwhile, work will commence on the clearing of three new trails on the east side of the “Summit Area”, which will also include the installation of new snowmaking infrastructure.
The summer of 2022 will see the clearing of the new trails on the east side of “Summit Area” along with the installation of the snowmaking infrastructure of the expanded area and installing lighting to the expanded area.
The final phase for the summer of 2023 will see a three-person chairlift at the “Summit Area” to service Summit and the new trails.
Hovey explained Trollhaugen already owned the property on where the expansion is going as it primarily used in the summer for motocross and 4x4 events.
“It was underutilized,” she said.
The expansion news comes as Trollhaugen is going through a year to remember.
“We thought it was going to be busy,” Hovey said. “But, we had no idea it was going to be like this.”
Hovey said with its proximity to the Minnesota border, Twin Cities residents have flooded the business over the last few months due to the different COVID-19 restrictions between states.
“People want to be outdoors with their family and do something that is fun and safe,” Hovey said. “Skiing has done that.”
They aren’t the only ones. She added customers from the Eau Claire and Duluth area have visited as well. Even visitors from Colorado have visited Trollhaugen.
“We’ve been sold out every Friday and Saturday for the last seven to eight weeks,” she explained. They’ve gotten a wide range she added – the veterans of skiing and snowboarding compared to those who haven’t skied in over 20-30 years.
For more information, visit trollhaugen.com
Wisconsin DMV extends license renewal for drivers age 60 and over
The deadline to renew expired licenses for drivers age 60 and over has been extended to May 21, 2021. The extension is due to the continued health risks from COVID-19. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) estimates this extension impacts 62,000 Wisconsin drivers.
Drivers who need to visit a DMV, such as those age 65 and over who cannot use the new online driver license renewal (wisconsindmv.gov/renewDL) or those needing a REAL ID, can reduce their time in the service center by beginning the process online:
Use the Driver License Guide to fill in the form and submit it electronically
Make an appointment through the Driver License Guide
Drivers who no longer want to use their driving privilege but want identification can easily exchange their license for an ID online. A new ID card will be mailed to them. Details and other resources for aging drivers are available at wisconsindmv.gov/olderdrivers.
Most people do not need to visit a DMV. All vehicle-related services are online (e.g. renew registration, get title and plates). DMV’s online services at wisconsindmv.gov