BEAVER CREEK, Colo. Aug. 25, 2011 –This morning at Beaver Creek Resort a K-Max helicopter flew new chairlift towers for the Rose Bowl Lift that is being upgraded to a high speed quad. New steel towers were installed today and the helicopter will return tomorrow to place the remaining towers. Construction of the new lift is making steady progress and is on track to debut in time for Christmas.
The helicopter moves new lift towers from a staging area mid mountain to Rose Bowl where crews on the ground skillfully bolt the towers into place. The helicopter transports the towers at dawn, taking advantage of colder morning air which assists with carrying more weight.
The new Rose Bowl Lift, a high speed Doppelmayr detachable quad, will transport 2,400 people per hour and the new ride time will be nearly cut in half at five-and-a-half minutes. The planned side-load chair will transport people to the top of today’s existing Rose Bowl Lift. The lift upgrade also will improve the guest experience by spreading skiers and snowboarders across the main mountain more, and reducing density impacts on the Cinch Express Lift (Chair 8) and Centennial Express Lift (Chair 6). The resort also plans to increase its grooming operations offering more variety in Rose Bowl including on some of its black diamond runs, allowing skiers and riders a wide variety of terrain options accessed from the new lift.
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Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort property and hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and in the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.