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Windham Mountain names new chairlift, boosts snow making capacity ahead of 2018/2019 season

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Windham Mountain Resort in New York state, US, has named its new detachable 6-seater chairlift ahead of the upcoming season. ‘Westside Six’, which replaces a triple chair from the 1980s, will transport users to the summit of the resort’s west peak in under five and half minutes.

With a slope length of 5105 ft, and an uphill capacity of 3000 people per hour, “Westside Six will transport the same number of passengers as the old triple chair, and Whirlwind Express, our high-speed quad, combined,” said Ted Davis, Director of Mountain Operations at Windham Mountain Resort.

Davis added: “The project kicked off with the removal of the old lift this past spring, then we poured concrete footings for towers and terminals in early summer. While the footings cured, the tree line was widened to make way for the size of Westside Six, and electrical and communication cables were placed underground.”

A crew from Doppelmayr is now working on site installing terminals and towers, starting at the summit and working down to the base.

The new lift is part of an US$8 million capital investment made by Windham for the 2018/2019 season. In addition to Westside Six, the resort has implemented RFID Lift Access Technology, installed nearly 100 automated, high-efficiency snow guns, replaced over 2 miles of snowmaking pipe, and purchased a new PistenBully 400 Snowcat for snow grooming.

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