Just weeks before ski season is set to begin, Holiday Valley Resort has received state clearance to operate its new high-speed quad chair lift.
Holiday Valley's Morning Star quad life passed a New York State Department of Labor load test - the final step in the $3.5 million project. Construction on the lift began in May.
To pass the test, 26 of the 56 chairs were loaded with 935 pounds each to approximate the weight of four people in each chair. The total testing weight was 24,310 pounds which is more than 12 tons. The lift was operated in forward and backward modes, then the brakes, backups and auxiliary motor were tested.
Safety switches and tower circuits were also tested.
Everything passed inspection by the state Department of Labor and by representatives of Doppelmayer Co., the Salt Lake City company that manufactured the lift.
The lift uses a 300 HP electric motor to power 56 chairs at a speed of 1,000 feet per minute over a distance of 2,530 feet up 562 vertical feet to the top. The capacity of the lift is 2,400 people per hour.
Despite being almost 30 percent longer, the lift ride will be just 2.5 minutes which is half the time of the old lift.