07/30/2015
Today at Vail Mountain a helicopter assisted with the construction of the new high-speed, six-passenger Avanti Express Lift (#2). Throughout the course of the day the helicopter helped to remove the old crossarms from the lift towers and flew in 24 new crossarms and sheave assemblies, which were secured to the existing lift towers. Construction of the upper and lower terminals will take place next.
 
The new Avanti Express Lift (#2) will open for the 2015-2016 winter season at Vail, continuing a wave of tremendous investments at the resort. The current lift is being replaced with a detachable six-passenger lift similar to the Mountain Top Express Lift (#4) and will also include a loading conveyor and gates to improve efficiency and increase capacity by up to 30 percent. The Avanti Express Lift (#2) is a primary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain and dispersing skiers and snowboarders from Lionshead to mid-mountain. The new lift will reduce wait times and improve skier and snowboarder circulation. The current lift – a Doppelmayr detachable quad – was installed in 1989.

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Contact(s)

Sara Lococo, (970) 754-4528, slococo@vailresorts.com
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