New England lift installations

TomWhiteTomWhite expert
in NELSAP Forum Posts: 565 | Home | 2016-11-29

New England's Lift Installation Projects Continue as December Approaches

More work remains before New England's two new chairlifts will be ready.

With snow on the ground and December just days away, work continues on New England's two chairlift installations.

The bottom and top terminals were recently installed at Suicide Six, as the new Leitner Poma installation heads into the home stretch. The fixed grip quad chairlift will be the new main chairlift at the small Vermont ski area.

Meanwhile, Waterville Valley opened top to bottom on November 25th with significant work still needed to make its new Green Peak complex operational.

The top and bottom terminals for the relocated Stadeli-Doppelmayr triple chairlift have been installed. As of Friday, 5 towers reportedly have yet to be installed.

With ground frost and snow coming and going on Green Peak, management reportedly acknowledges that total excavation of the new trails will not be completed this year. Much of the novice terrain has been excavated and a temporary snowmaking infrastructure is being installed from South Street to the summit. New advanced terrain may open this winter if natural snowfall allows.

As of last week, no concrete work has been conducted to date at Whaleback. The small New Hampshire ski area is reportedly still planning to install a novice Hall T-Bar this year.

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  • TomWhiteTomWhite expert
    Posts: 565 | Home | 2017-01-05

    New Lift At Vermont’s Suicide Six

    As the 2016-2017 ski season kicks-off at Suicide Six Ski Area, the newly installed Chair #1 opened last week. The upgrade doubles the capacity of the previous chair, and provides a more comfortable and rapid ascent to the summit for all levels of skiers, racers and snowboarders.

    At a cost of $1.5 million, the enhanced mountain experience is part of the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s long-term support of the regional ski community, including local school, season pass holders, the Woodstock Ski Runners program, and visiting skiers.

    “We have tremendous support from the surrounding towns,” Gary Thulander, president and general manager of the Woodstock Inn & Resort, told “Generations have learned to ski at Suicide Six and there is a lot of passion and support from the community.”
    Leitner-Poma of America, Inc., of Grand Junction, Colorado, installed the new quad chairlift with funding provided through a grant from the Laurance S. Rockefeller Fund. “Poma is part of the history of Woodstock, and we were happy to continue that tradition,” Thulander told us.

    The ski area donated 60 of 84 chairs from the former Chair #1, installed in 1973, to the Woodstock Ski Runners. The chairs sold out in minutes. Proceeds went to youth ski programs, with 50 percent of the funds specifically supporting their Friday Program, a low-cost learn-to-ski program offered to over 300 local school children every ski season, and 50 percent supporting their Alpine and Nordic racing programs.

    Recognized as one of the oldest ski areas in the country, Suicide Six has a rich history. America’s first rope tow, introduced on nearby Gilbert Hill in 1934, inspired the opening of Suicide Six in 1936. In 1961 Laurance S. Rockefeller purchased Suicide Six from its founder, Wallace “Bunny” Bertram, as part of his vision for the community of Woodstock.

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  • TomWhiteTomWhite expert
    Posts: 565 | Home | 2017-01-10

    NE: Lift Construction Continues into New Year

    Two of the three aerial lift installations started in 2016 have yet to be formally opened.

    Despite being tied for a record low in terms of quantity, the 2016 lift installation season has continued into the new year.

    Construction is still underway for the relocated Green Peak Triple at Waterville Valley. While the haul rope and communications line were spliced in late December, chairs have yet to be installed. Snowmaking is now in progress on a new lower mountain trail with the resort planning a mid January opening for the new peak.

    Originally a 1986 Albertsson-Stadeli installation, the lift was rebuilt with a new drive and line equipment by Doppelmayr in 2000. The Green Peak Triple has been listed at 4,380 feet long by 1,011 feet vertical and could serve up to 10 trails this winter, if natural snowfall permits.

    The Valar T-Bar remains closed at Cannon Mountain following a malfunction. Installed by Leitner-Poma's SkyTrac, the LST brand lift has been closed for two weeks, forcing the relocation of the grand dedication ceremony. According to Cannon, the lift will require "additional adjustments from the manufacturer" in order to operate. Though the installation was largely funded by private donations, operational and maintenance expenses are funded by the state.

    The one new lift in operation is the Leitner-Poma summit quad installed at Suicide Six in Vermont. 

    The potentially busy 2017 lift construction season already has a jump start, as Pats Peak has completed multiple tower footings. The popular New Hampshire area is expected to replace its original Mueller Peak Double chairlift with a CTEC triple acquired from Ascutney.

    Burke and Whaleback have already announced 2017 T-Bar installations, while Sunday River plans to install a new Spruce Peak Triple. Installations are also reportedly being considered at Berkshire East, Loon, Okemo, Saddleback, and Sunapee.

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  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
    edited January 2017 Posts: 2,087
    I think the new Mt. Snow lift is operational and if you want to count Granite Hills (edit: Gateway Hills, that is),  they haven't opened yet, but it's not because their carpet isn't ready to go.
  • timberleaftimberleaf intermediate
    Posts: 41
    "The Valar T-Bar remains closed at Cannon Mountain following a malfunction. Installed by Leitner-Poma's SkyTrac, the LST brand lift has been closed for two weeks"

    3 weeks come tomorrow.  That must be some "adjustment" they're doing.  Somebody didn't get the memo: never install version 1.0 of anything!

    (Keeping it positive here) I may even ride it if/when they get it going.  It'll be like going on the Poseidon at Whale's Tale - only in the winter! 
  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
    Posts: 394

    I think the new Mt. Snow lift is operational and if you want to count Granite Hills,  they haven't opened yet, but it's not because their carpet isn't ready to go.

    Correct, the new Mount Snow carpet currently running and looks great.
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