Nakiska's fall has been a bustle of work. The resort installed their new chairlift, added more snowmaking, and cut glades in preparation for this winter's season.
The resort's new Gold Chair Express, which replaced the triple fixed grip, is a Leitner Poma detachable quad that will speed skiers and riders uphill in 4.7 minutes compared to 9.7 minutes on the old lift. The lift rises 468 vertical meters (1,535 feet) and runs 1.4 kilometers (0.9 miles) in length.
The lift is expected to cut down on stops from misloads due to its easier loading area, and skiers and snowboarders will be able to double their number of runs due to its faster speed. "An added benefit for ski racers preparing for the 2010 Olympics is the shorter ride time," Matt Mosteller, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, told Onthesnow.com. "This provides ski racers with an increase in 50 percent more training, which is critical in today's world where races are one or lost in hundredths of a second."
Chainsaws thinned the new Monster Glades, allowing for more access points, wider trails, and more runs through the trees. Three runs were also widened, and another 650 meters in length was added to Mapmaker run.
Nakiska also added more snowmaking guns to create the largest snowmaking system in Alberta. The resort's arsenal now totals 160 guns, which are already on the slopes blowing snow into white mounds.
The resort aims for opening Nov. 7. Snowmaking will allow for Homesteader run off the Silver Chair Express to be open to the public while international teams train for the opening of the World Cup season and the Olympic Games.
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