Marmot Basin’s busy summer kicked into high gear earlier this week, as K Max helicopters took just over an hour to remove more than a dozen lift towers, taking one more step in the removal process of the old Paradise Triple Chair. The K Max helicopters are "light birds" that possess a high lift capacity to weight ratio, making the removal of the lift virtually seamless. As reported earlier, this equipment will be relocated and will become the NEW School House Triple Chair. It will be located in the lower mountain, servicing novice ski runs, replacing the School House T Bar. Later next week, two large cranes will be on site to remove the drive station components, including a spool of rope and counter weight. Moving the drive station will be the last step in relocating the old lift, which weighs approximately 45,000 pounds!
While crews from Marmot Basin and new lift manufacturer, Leitner Poma, work diligently to complete these extensive summer projects, work is also well underway in the installation process of the NEW Paradise High Speed quad. This past week, crews began mixing cement in preparation for laying concrete for the new return station. The Paradise High Speed quad will have 17 towers, will move a whopping 2,400 people per hour, has a vertical rise of 410 meters (1,345 feet), and will carry skiers up 1.45 kilometers in only 4.6 minutes.
The 2 New Lifts for the 2011 – 12 ski season enhance Marmot Basin’s reputation as being one of the most progressive ski areas in Canada and the only of the four Canadian National Park ski areas to have completed its "Vision Statement" and site guidelines as required by Parks Canada.