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Killington hopes to open South Ridge quad before end of January

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Following the successful launch of the Snowdon Six Express lift last month, Killington resort in Vermont, US, has said that its next project, the South Ridge quad lift, is still on course to open this season.

Other projects nearing completion include a storage barn for the Snowdon Six Express bubble chair and the relocation of the old Snowdon Poma surface lift. In total, Killington has invested US$25 million in the past 10 months, with new RFID gates and 44 000 ft of snowmaking pipe also installed.

Commenting on South Ridge, Jeff Temple, Director of Mountain Operations, said: “It might be a little further from completion than the other two projects, but it is progressing and we are still hopeful that it will open before the end of January.”

Noting the effect of unusually heavy November snowfall, Jeff Temple, Director of Mountain Operations, said: “We had hoped to have all of these projects completed ahead of the Christmas holiday period, but that’s the nature of construction in Killington’s mountain environment; sometimes things just take longer than planned.”

Temple said that up on Swirl the crew recently installed and spliced the haul rope. Meanwhile, at the bottom of Snowdon, the barn building is watertight and crews are working on the rails and elevators that will move the bubble chairs from the lift terminal into the barn for storage away from the elements overnight.

“Finishing up the Snowdon Six storage barn has been a very high priority for us. Being able to get the detachable chairs out of the elements and inside at night will allow us to get the Snowdon Six running faster on challenging weather days. We’re seeing this already on the K-1 Express Gondola, where we also have a newly enclosed storage barn. It’s making a difference in how quickly we can open the lift,” said Temple.

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