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Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort plans to replace lift for 2014-15 ski season

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By the start of the 2014-15 ski season, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort should have a new Doppelmayr high-speed quad in place of Chair 2, a 32-year-old double chairlift. The new chairlift will reduce ride times and increase uphill capacity from 900 to 2,000 guests per hour.

The upgrade is the first part of a master development plan that includes an additional 34 trails, at least six more lifts, upgraded equipment and enhanced guest facilities. The project will also include regrading the base area and relocating the bottom terminals of both Chair 1 and the new Chair 2.

“The new chairlift will dramatically improve the experience for guests who want to spend all day on the slopes, because it will mean less time in line and on the chair,” said Kevin Stickelman, resort president and general manager.

The ski area is about a one-hour drive from downtown Las Vegas. With a base elevation of 8,510 feet and an average annual snowfall of 240 inches, the resort has 195 lift-served skiable acres and another 250 acres of hike-to-terrain. The resort concluded its 2013-14 ski season on Sunday. Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is owned by Powdr Corp that also operates seven other ski areas including Park City Mountain Resort in Utah and Copper Mountain in Colorado.