Most Pennsylvania resorts are keeping a watchful eye on the weather trying to squeeze a few more days out of the 2009-10 winter, but Shawnee Mountain already has its sights set on next year. The resort recently announced the installation of a high- speed detachable quad lift capable of whisking skiers and snowboarders from base to summit in three minutes, cutting its lift ride time by more than half. The current ride is seven minutes.
The so-called Tomahawk Express is made by Dopplemayr, CTEC USA. The Express will service 20 of Shawnee's 23 slopes and trails. The new high-speed quad will be installed this summer along the Tomahawk Trail and replace Shawnee's existing fixed grip quad lift in the same location. The fixed grip quad will be moved to the Arrowhead Trail and replace Shawnee's oldest lift - a fixed grip triple which will be retired.
The Tomahawk Express is capable of traveling at 1,000 feet per minute. It also is designed to be child and ski school friendly with a slow 225 feet per minute load and unload speed. Each of the detachable 4-person chairs will have rear slanting seats. The Quad will transport 2,400 skiers/riders per hour.
All lift system installation and relocation work will be completed in time for the 2010-11snow sports season. A ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new Tomahawk Express is planned for early December.
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