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Leitner-Poma and Skytrac to install chairlifts at Schweitzer for 2019/2020 season

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Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Idaho, US, has signed contracts for the installation of two chairlifts, from Leitner Poma and Skytrac, during the summer of 2019.

The chairlifts will replace the current Snow Ghost double chair.

Tom Chasse, CEO of Schweitzer, said: “After careful review of bids and plans from several manufacturers, we are moving forward with Leitner Poma for a high-speed detachable quad and with Skytrac for a fixed grip triple chair in the Outback Bowl. Overall, we expect the two chair arrangement to complement our existing lift system and provide better access to some of the most popular terrain at Schweitzer.”

The detachable quad chair will offer a capacity of 2400 people per hour and rise 1447 ft in just over 5 minutes. The triple chair capacity is 1800 people per hour and will rise 1360 ft in 8 minutes.

Chasse added: “We’ve seen over the years how a similar two lift system in the South Bowl has been beneficial when we have weather challenges. By having the two lifts serving different aspects of the North Bowl, our hope is to combat similar challenges on the backside of the mountain. Splitting the lifts also provides a better, safer experience for differing ability levels.”

The lower high-speed quad chairlift will start near Cedar Park and unload at the current Snow Ghost midway station while the upper fixed grip triple will provide summit access from a location near Will’s Runout and Vagabond.

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