Eagle Crest Ski Resort is adding about $1 billion to its existing snow sports operations and plans to increase the amount of snow and ice it provides for the 2018 season.
The resort will begin building and installing new skis in March and will spend about $800 million to build new slopes and a new ice park, the resort said Wednesday.
The resort said the upgrades are part of its efforts to maintain its snow skiing and snowboarding legacy in a changing environment and to make sure it has enough snow for the season.
The ski resort is owned by the Eagle Crest Group, which also owns the Mount St. Helens National Park and the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Eagle Crest owns the mountain in Eagle, Ill., about 80 miles north of Chicago.
The resorts name was first used by the resort in 2000.
The Mountain Resort in Mount Vernon, Ill.; Mount Snow in Newberry, Mass.; and Eagle Ski Resort in Chicago all have winter sports facilities.
Eagle Ski has four winter sports areas and is adding one to its winter sports area, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The Eagle Crest resorts expansion plan includes:Construction on the existing ski and snow sports areas will be completed in the spring.
The addition of more ski areas and facilities will allow the resort to serve the larger ski communities in the northern and eastern U.S. and Canada, as well as provide access to a number of popular ski resorts in the Midwest and Great Lakes region.
In addition, Eagle Ski will add two new indoor areas for the winter sports industry.
The indoor area is a separate facility for snowboarders.
Eagle has three indoor areas and one indoor park.
The other indoor park will be used by recreational snowboard and ice skaters.
The Eagle Ski outdoor facilities include a snow park, a winter sports facility and a snow lodge.
The Ski Resorts of America is the largest snow sports resort operator in the United States, according to the association’s annual report.
The Mountain Resort, which has about 20 ski resorts and five winter sports centers, is owned and operated by Eagle Crest.