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Cost of a chair lift

post #1 of 15
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I know without the actual length this may be a hard question, but how much does a new chair lift at a ski resort cost? For example suppose it is 5 miles from the top of lift 4 in Taos Ski Valley to the top of Kachina Peak. What's it going to cost to put a lift there?
post #2 of 15
Your question is pretty vague.

What type of chair, HS or Fixed grip? 2x 3x quad or 6 pack? New or re-manufactured?

Currently a HS quad that is new and is about 7000' in length runs in the neighborhood of about 3 mil. Then there is the construction and heli costs.
post #3 of 15
Any Taos locals out there that would actually even want a chair running up there???
post #4 of 15
A 5 mile long lift?

Maybe.....$20,000?

ROFL.....
post #5 of 15
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Any Taos locals out there that would actually even want a chair running up there???
No!
post #6 of 15
WINTER PARK RESORT BEGINS CONSTURCTION ON NORTH AMERICA'S HIGHEST HIGH-SPEED SIX-PACK CHAIRLIFT

WINTER PARK, COLO., March 6, 2007 - The "Panoramic Express" is the name selected for the new $8
million detachable six-pack chairlift that began construction this week on Winter Park Resort's Parsenn
Bowl. The new Leitner-Poma state-of-the-art chairlift will hoist skiers up to approximately 12,060 feet above
sea level making it the highest, high-speed six-pack chairlift in all of North America.
Given the timing of this new chairlift addition, Winter Park skiers and riders will have the unique opportunity
to catch a glimpse of this environmentally sensitive construction project taking place now instead of while the
resort is closed over summer months. Construction of the Panoramic Express will incorporate the use of
helicopters and over-snow equipment all designed to minimize ground disturbance.
Last summer, Winter Park Resort added the new Eagle Wind chairlift as part of its parent company,
Intrawest ULC's, continued commitment to invest $50 million over 10 years. The early construction effort of
the new Panoramic Express is just the next step in the evolution of changes taking place at Winter Park
Resort.
Working in close collaboration with its partners at the U.S. Forest Service, the Winter Park Mountain Master
Plan Phase One Environmental Assessment was completed last year paving the way for major
improvements such as the Panoramic Express. With this completed Environmental Assessment, Winter
Park Resort can offer more access to its terrain through upgrades such as the Panoramic Express for Winter
Park/Mary Jane loyalists and guests.
The resort and its partners at the U.S. Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District, are committed to using best
management practices to minimize ground disturbance in sensitive tundra vegetation. Moving materials and
equipment over snow protects this delicate terrain and will assure an on-time opening next ski season.
post #7 of 15
Crystal Mt, WA paid $1.5 million for the their newly installed slow speed old school fixed grip double. Then there's the installation cost to boot. Lots of photos of the install. Opens up tomorrow.

www.crystalmt.com
post #8 of 15
You need to factor in vertical, tree removal, triple quad etc, high speed, new/used

An "Average" 150hp Attached lift is gonna run about 300k give or take 100k + tree removal and stuff

Detached quad - 4m +/- 1.5m

^^^ Very general estimates
post #9 of 15
A lift is a lot like buying a horse, the actual cost of the horse is nowhere as much as feed, board, tack, transportation and vetenary. Lifts have engineering, power requirements, transportation to site, ground work, cast in place concrete, installation, testing and maintaince, oh yea ,and the cost of the lift.

RW
post #10 of 15
As mentioned, it depends HUGELY on capacity (surface lift, single, double, triple, quad, six pack, eight pack, 4, 8, 10, 12, 25 person gondola, aerial tram, etc.), FG vs. detach, length, liftline pitch, location, used relocation vs. new install, etc.

For a new lift, it all starts with the engineering. A lift manufacturer will get get a proposed liftline profile surveyed, and mapped on a topo map (likely at around 1:5000). The actual site is looked at, trees are cut, and lift design is engineered. After the exhaustive studies and engineered designs are completed, manufacturing can begin. Then the OEM will have to come and actual install the various components. Helicopters, OEM workers, and tons and tons of onsite help is required for a lift installation. Then you've got to install the motor and the various drive and tensioning components, along with all of the electric, electronic, and computerized components. And of course, you need a haul rope. That has to be brought in on a spool, and essentially "threaded" through the towers on the sheave trains. Someone has to come in and splice the haul rope. That's an outside contractor, because the OEMs pretty much avoid actually doing splices. And then there are RPD's and tons of other various sensors. The com line.
Then line work, testing, tweaking, etc.

In other words, you'll pay $300,000 - $20MM for your actual lift (assuming a new lift), but you can easily double or triple the equipment cost with all of the above design, engineering, install, and post-install work necessary to get a lift up and running.

If you want a ballpark range for the lift you mentioned, give us some more details re: capacity, lift type, etc.
post #11 of 15
Are you just curious, or are you in the market?
post #12 of 15

Bumping this thread for it's newfound relevance.  Apparently the answer is "about 3 million".

post #13 of 15

"newfound relevance"?

post #14 of 15
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Bumping this thread for it's newfound relevance.  Apparently the answer is "about 3 million".

 

Long time no post.  Nice.

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Chris Stewart View Post

I know without the actual length this may be a hard question, but how much does a new chair lift at a ski resort cost? For example suppose it is 5 miles from the top of lift 4 in Taos Ski Valley to the top of Kachina Peak. What's it going to cost to put a lift there?

 

 

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Any Taos locals out there that would actually even want a chair running up there???

 

 

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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
Any Taos locals out there that would actually even want a chair running up there???
No!

 

 

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"newfound relevance"?

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