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New Zealand chairlift damaged by avalanche ready to re-open

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Mountain Technology,

The resort of Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand has announced that the High Noon Express chairlift in the Turoa ski area is now ready to re-open for the 2019 season, following extensive repair work.

The chairlift was damaged on August 6 last year during pre-opening avalanche control after a significant storm, and required complete replacement of a tower, the replacement of a componentry on another tower and a splice repair into the haul rope.

Turoa General Manager, JP Chevalier, said: “Skiing and snowboarding the wild, playful and mighty High Noon is a favourite for passionate Turoa guests and employees alike. And I’m pleased to say that after a great effort between lift manufacturers Doppelmayr and our core maintenance staff, we’re ready to open this special lift for the 2019 season.”

To ensure the integrity and accuracy of manufacture the tower was fabricated in Europe entailing exact specifications to Turoa’s unique requirements; all the way down to the paint type.

“Moving equipment around our great maunga [mountain] is always a challenge but between the Doppelmayr and Turoa crews and with helicopter assistance this was achieved precisely and efficiently,” Chevalier said.

The High Noon Express is New Zealand’s highest express chairlift taking skiers and riders up to 2322 m above sea level.

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