VR eyes replacing the Beav’s slow Chair 11 | SummitDaily.com

VR eyes replacing the Beav’s slow Chair 11

BEAVER CREEK – Vail Resorts wants to replace 21 year-old Chair 11, a triple chair lift serving Larkspur Bowl, and replace it this summer with a high-speed detachable quad lift.The new lift will increase uphill capacity from 1,800 people per-hour to 2,400 and will halve the time riders spend on the 5,500 foot-long lift. “It connects all the new lifts and the new bus stop,” said John Garnsey, chief operating officer of Beaver Creek. “It really helps us disperse skiers and riders more efficiently around the mountain. It’s going to really make a big difference.”The new lift would not require any trees to be cut because it will follow the same path as the old lift. Some excavation would be necessary because new towers and lift foundations will be built, Forest Service documents indicate. Estimated cost of the lift was not made public.In documents related to the lift, the resort company said it wants to spread skiers more efficiently across the mountain. The new lift would reduce the time spent riding the lift from 12 minutes to just over 5 1/2 minutes.

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