A new detachable quad chairlift will be built at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Construction begins this summer. The new lift will replace the Exhibition fixed grip triple chair at the base area, installed in 1978. Ride time will be cut in half, to just under three minutes. The new chair will have a capacity of 2,000 people per hour, a length of 2,877 feet, and a vertical rise of 719 feet. The project will cost about $4 million. The lift will look like this one pictured, at Marmot Basin, Alberta, Canada, provided by Leitner-Poma.
It's a timely and well-deserved addition to A-Basin. General Manager Alan Henceroth says, "The new lift will provide rapid, easy access to the upper mountain, Montezuma Bowl, and Black Mountain Lodge. Each year, we receive hundreds of comments suggesting we make this change. Finally, after working on this project for the last five years, we are very excited to christen a new chairlift for the 2010-2011 season."
Construction starts in mid-June which is sometimes just about the time A-Basin shuts down for the season. The mountain is scheduled to close this year June 6. The new lift will not impact the current season. The bottom terminal will stay the same. The top terminal of the new lift will be slightly realigned uphill and to the west, away from the Black Mountain Lodge.
Beginner and intermediate guests will be able to load and unload more easily. The Black Mountain Lodge will also be more accessible for weddings and special events throughout the year.
Arapahoe Basin is taking suggestions for the name of the new lift. You can win a season pass or a $300 gift certificate to Arapahoe Sports, if your choice is selected. Send suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org