Construction Begins on Longest Chairlift in Alberta at Marmot Basin

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on May 22, 2009 7:29 pm

Full disclosure:  I am a chairlift geek.  I love chairlifts.  I used to make model ones out of Legos, blocks, and wooden spools as a kid.  So I am excited by the start of construction of the longest high-speed quad in the Alberta Canadian Rocky Mountains at Marmot Basin.

The new quad will open in November with a slope length of 7,545 feet, a vertical rise of 1,955 feet, and the ability to carry 2,400 passengers/hour in 7.5 minutes.  Boom!

Leitner Poma is building the lift.  The project is the biggest, financially wise, in the history of Marmot Basin.  Dave Gibson, President of Marmot Basin laid it out like this: ““We are all looking forward to this new addition to our already friendly and accessible hill and trail system.  We are very pleased to have completed our Vision Statement and Site Guideline agreements with Parks Canada; all parties involved worked tirelessly to achieve an appropriate balance for both our ski area and for Jasper National Park. Having this new lift will substantially enhance the quality of skiers’ and snowboarders’ experience at Marmot Basin by greatly increasing the accessibility of our upper mountain terrain, right from the bottom of the mountain.”

Oh the joy of a new chair lift!

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