More Runs In Less Time With High-Speed Combo At Alyeska
Construction of a new Lift 6 at Alyeska Resort is now in full swing at the Alaska mountain, as the resort further upgrades its uphill capacity with the state's only two high-speed chairlifts.
The $6 million project is expected to be completed by the end of October, resort officials say, just ahead of the start of what is typically one of the longest ski and snowboard season in the United States. The new lift will replace a fixed-grip quad built in 1988.
The project revamps bottom-to-top transport on the mountain. Last year’s installation of a new high-speed chair for Ted’s Express (Lift 4) made the ride from the Day Lodge base about 40 percent faster. With the new, faster Chair 6, the lap time shortens on some of Alyeska’s classic blue runs in the Upper and Lower bowls – and makes access to the North Face steeps even easier.
“Ted’s Express and the new Chair 6 are essentially the same chairlift,” General Manager Di Hibner told SnoCounty.com. “There is a huge benefit to have two of the same lifts up here in Alaska, since it takes time to get parts shipped up here. With the redundancy between the two lifts, we can order the same parts, swap out parts between lifts if need be, and stock parts on the shelf that can work for either lift. Also training lift mechanics and lift operators will have redundancy as well, since they will be working on essentially the same lift.”
Work this summer and fall includes re-grading for both top and bottom lift terminals, removal of existing lift towers, extensive electrical and utility work, as well as overall summer road improvements in order to accommodate the heavy machinery needed to install the new chairlift. The project also includes installing a new weather station at the top and adding fiber, natural gas, water and sewer to the top of the mountain.
Resort officials say that some portions of the mountain will be periodically closed to summer activities as construction goes forward.
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