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Helicopter helps install new Beaver Creek lift

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A Kaman K-Max helicopter brings in a helicopter long line system to transport concrete used for the foundation of Beaver Creek's new hybrid gondola which is under construction Wednesday on Beaver Creek Mountain.
Justin Q. McCarty |

BEAVER CREEK — This summer, Beaver Creek is replacing the Centennial Express Lift with a new high-speed, state-of-the-art combination lift for next ski season and the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. Beaver Creek’s unique combination lift includes a series of six-passenger chairs alternating with 10-person gondola cabins. The new lift will debut opening day, Nov. 26.

Timberline Helicopters, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, has a Kaman K-Max helicopter stationed at Beaver Creek to conduct work on the new Centennial Express Lift.

On Wednesday, the K-Max removed cross arms, lift shiv wheel assemblies and towers from the old lift. The helicopter also ferried buckets of concrete to pour the new lift tower foundations.

The helicopter work continues Thursday.

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