Helicopter Flies in Concrete for the Construction of Vail's New Gondola

25 July 2012
Photo Credit: Kari Miller, Vail Resorts

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VAIL, Colo. – July 25, 2012 – Progress on the installation of Vail Mountain’s new, state-of-the-art gondola continued today as a Bell 205 helicopter flew in concrete in preparation for setting the foundation of the future gondola’s towers.
The Leitner-Poma of America gondola is replacing the Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16) and will be the first and fastest of its kind in North America, increasing uphill capacity by 40 percent. The 10-passenger gondola cabins will provide skiers and snowboarders a cozy 7.5 minute ride from the base of Vail Village to Mid-Vail with heated, cushioned seats and Wi-Fi access. The new gondola will have the number “1” to commemorate Vail’s original gondola in that same location and will be operational for opening day of the 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season on Nov. 16, 2012, just in time to celebrate Vail’s 50th anniversary.  



About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com


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