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Loveland’s new chairlift almost ready to go

Janice Kurbjun
Summit Daily News
Special to the Daily/Dustin SchaeferWorkers put the final touches on chairs on Loveland's new lift Monday.

Crews from Leitner-Poma are on the ground at Loveland Ski Area this week hanging chairs for the new Chair 4.

The lift will be considered complete once the chairs are installed and Thursday’s load testing is performed, Loveland spokesman John Sellers said.

The new, fixed-grip triple chair replaces the former double chairlift at the same location, and increases uphill capacity by 400 people per hour. The original chair hailed from 1967. It’s replacement is priced at roughly $2 million.

Throughout the summer, workers have been laying the foundation for the towers (concrete was flown in on Aug. 18), installing the towers (a helicopter brought them in on Sept. 1), splicing and installing the haul rope and tuning the system before the chairs arrived.

Loveland’s other construction is nearly complete, including the new deck, roof and interior remodel of the E-Tow Cabin and base area improvements. There have been delays with upgrading the restroom facilities at the Ptarmigan Roost Cabin atop Chair 2.

“The start of the season could be as short as a couple weeks away,” Sellers said. “We’re trying to button everything up and get ready to kick off the season as soon as the weather cooperates.”

He said after the guns start up and fire regularly, it could take a week to 10 days for the area to open for the 2011-12 season.

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