Telski: Replacing Lift 9 & More!

The following is a note from Chuck Horning, owner, Telluride Ski & Golf Company, about the upgrade to Chair 9.

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Chuck Horning

The new chair, being manufactured by Doppelmayr, is a high-speed, detachable quad. The new lift is going to be powered from the top of 9, whereas the old lift was powered from the bottom. While this may seem like a simple upgrade, getting power to the top of 9 requires connecting to a power source from Mountain Village and installing a new power line under See Forever to the top of 9.

Top-driven lifts are the new industry standard and are more energy efficient, which is really important to all of us. The new power line will also service a new Giuseppe’s, one of the original ticket offices that was hauled up the mountain and modified into a restaurant. The old building is past its useful life and will be rebuilt.

While we are digging trenches on See Forever for the new power lines, we will also be replacing the snowmaking piping, which is near the end of its useful life. The top of 9, which is almost all solid rock, will be lowered approximately 15 feet so that we have enough room for the new terminal and increased skier capacity.

This is a huge financial undertaking to enhance our ski area and access to amazing, north-facing terrain. A big thanks to Kenny King, Jeff Proteau, Scott Pittenger, Brandon Green, Blake Builder, and the operations team for keeping this project on track. We will keep you updated on the progress.

For your safety, please avoid all construction related closures. See Forever and the Wasatch connection will be closed all summer due to construction.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

2 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    What’s going to happen with the old chairs from Chair 9?