Squaw Valley Files to Replace Siberia Chairlift in 2015

Squaw Valley Files to Replace Siberia Chairlift in 2015

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Squaw Valley Files to Replace Siberia Chairlift in 2015

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Installed in 1985, Siberia was one of the first detachable quads in the country.

Squaw has requested a Conditional Use Permit to replace the Siberia chair in 2015.  If this permit is granted, Squaw would remove the old Siberia chair and replace it with a high speed six-pack chairlift.  This would be the first major lift replacement at Squaw since the installment of the Big Blue chair in 2012.

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The major advantage of replacing the nearly 30 year old lift would be that the new lift would be built with a wider gauge and heavier chairs, which would allow the chair to run during high wind events. Siberia is currently subject of frequent wind holds due to its location at the summit of the mountain. The chair has also had a number of incidents over the past few years indicating its time for an upgrade.

Squaw Valley has been granted a conditional use permit by Placer County to replace the Red Dog chair with a high speed six-pack chair (April 2013) and the Granite Chief chairlift with a high speed quad (February 2015).  However, the permits are only good for two years and it looks as though KSL Capital has no intention in using them.

Which chair would you like to see replaced first?  Red Dog, Siberia, or Granite Chief?

 

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