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Breckenridge: New Chairlift

Breck’s Colorado Chairlift Gets an Upgrade for the 2014/15 Season

Breckenridge, COLO – New lift towers arrived via helicopter to Breckenridge Ski Resort for a significant upgrade to the resort’s Colorado SuperChair – set to open Nov. 7, 2014 in conjunction with Breck’s opening day. 8.

On the heels of launching Peak 6 last season, the ski industry’s most significant terrain expansion in the last decade, Breckenridge Ski Resort is upgrading the Colorado SuperChair from a quad express to a six-passenger express to provide a 30 percent increase in capacity for Peak 8’s primary lift, providing faster routes to surrounding peaks.

The installation took about six hours to set in 20 new towers. The heavy lifting was done by a K-MAX helicopter, known for its intermeshing rotors (synchropter) and its ability to lift a payload of over 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg).

The Colorado SuperChair was first installed in 1986 as a high-speed quad, updated in 2002 from a chain drive system to a gear drive system and then again in 2012 with new chairs. Those quad chairs will be used for upgrades to Beaver Run SuperChair, located on Peak 9.

Photos: Vail Resorts

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