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Great news for Stowe - Fourrunner to be replaced this summer!!!

post #1 of 10
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The rumors are true! We are finally getting a new lift on Mansfield. For some time, I've called the Fourrunner the best and worst lift in the Northeast. After this, it should simply be the best. From what I hear it will still be a quad (thank goodness, I was really not wanting to see a 6-pack go in), but will be able to move more people due to closer spacing of the chairs. With a little luck maybe it will be less prone to windhold, ad above all, it won't break all the time.

post #2 of 10

Which one is FourRunner? And yes, I hate 6-packs too. 

post #3 of 10

Epic,

 

When I read the above, I assumed that Stowe was going to replace one of the the old slow lifts, but, looking at the interactive map, it appears that the Forerunner is the existing high speed lift. As you live there, you know the defects of the existing much better than I, but, I'm a little surprised.

 

Anyway, I hope to be in Stowe again next year, so, maybe can give me another first hand guided tour of the new lift.

 

Thanks again for last week's tour. Say Hi to Pete next time you are in Chapel Glade.

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It's the HSQ that replaced the old single/double from way-back-when.  It services the "Front Four" runs, and is an older HSQ.  Replacing it with a newer HSQ or a 6-pack (frankly, the former is more suitable to the mountain layout) should fix myriad issues with reliability.

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Fourrunner is the Quad. I may be wrong, but I think it is the oldest HSQ in North America. Installed in 1986 IIRC. I'm actually glad to have the Lookout remaining as a double for two reasons. Number one, the trail Lookout would have to be widened to fit a Quad. Number two, the fixed-grip chair runs more reliably in icing conditions (I think the new HSQ may have a shed to protect chairs during ice storms which will help), and number three, I don't want too many more people on the trails at the same time.

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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

 Say Hi to Pete next time you are in Chapel Glade.


Will do.

post #7 of 10

Any word as to how many more chairs they'll be able to pack onto the Forerunner's replacement?

 

I'm glad they didn't put a six-pack in...  the closer-spacing of the chairs on the new lift will already add enough extra people onto the slopes.

post #8 of 10

Is the old lift going to be moved elsewhere? 

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Any word as to how many more chairs they'll be able to pack onto the Forerunner's replacement?

 

I'm glad they didn't put a six-pack in...  the closer-spacing of the chairs on the new lift will already add enough extra people onto the slopes.


From what I heard the Forerunner moves 1800 people per hour and the new lift will be able to do about 2400. I'm not sure how many chairs that is. I think there are 87 now.

 

As for  the fate of the current lift, there is talk of putting it where the Toll House Double is now. On the other hand, there is so little traffic over there, I am not sure they'd want to spend the extra money to operate a HSQ over there.

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More info from the Stowe Reporter today. The lift will include a shed allowing all chairs to come off at night and they will be able to keep the rope moving slowly all night to prevent icing on the sheaves and rope. Sweet.

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