Beech Replaces HSQ with FGQ
North Carolina will replace two of its
workhorse chairlifts ahead of the 2018/2019 winter season. Lift 5, which
ascends to the 5,506-foot summit, and was originally built in 1987, is
currently being disassembled in preparation for the installation of a new
Doppelymayr fixed-grip quad. The lift will include the addition of a
loading conveyor to ensure safe boarding, higher travel speeds and shorter trip
times. Lift 5 will now include 144 chairs with a 6.5 minute ride time
accommodating 2,400 people per hour.
This marks only the second time in North American history that a fixed-grip
chairlift will replace a detachable one, though the trend may continue.
Sugarbush, Vermont replaced the Green Mountain Express with a fixed quad in
1995, though it went detachable again in 2002. Willamette Pass in Oregon
has put its detachable six-pack up for sale, seeking to
replace it with a fixed-grip lift that’s more affordable to operate. A
used T-Bar may also rise this summer at Ascutney, Vermont on the site of a
former high-speed quad.
Back to Beech, Lift 6, currently a double chair
with parts from Goforth Brothers, Hall and Doppelmayr, will also be replaced
with a Doppelmayr fixed-grip quad. This one will feature 106 chairs and a
6.5 minute travel time with a capacity of 2,000 people per hour. Both quad
lifts will feature footrests, upholstered seating and back rests. Guests
can now expect to reach the mountain’s 5,506-foot summit with easy on-and-off
loading, comfortable seating, and a more efficient layout to eliminate