Photo: New towers for Chair 4 on Vail Mountain
Ryan Summerlin August 29, 2013
The towers for Vail Mountain’s new, six-passenger chairlift to replace the Mountain Top Express Lift (No. 4) were flown in and set early Wednesday morning with the help of Timberline Helicopters’ Kaman K-Max helicopter. In total, 14 towers, crossarms and sheave assemblies were installed in a matter of hours as construction continues on the new lift in preparation for the 2013014 winter season. The upper and lower terminals will be constructed over the next few weeks. The new high-speed, six-passenger Doppelmayr chairlift will result in a 33 percent increase in uphill capacity for the lift, or 3,600 people per hour, which is the same capacity as Vail’s new Gondola One. It will feature loading gates with a right angle loading conveyor system.