Helicopter Scheduled to Fly-In Lift Towers at Mount Snow, Rescheduled for Oct 6th

By AlpineZone News |
Oct 06 2011 - 12:06 PM

Members of the media are invited to Mount Snow to cover the most visually striking part of the installation process for this new $8.5 million lift

WEST DOVER, VT (September 29, 2011) – This is an invitation from Mount Snow to cover a Sikorsky construction helicopter flying twenty-five 8,500+ pound lift towers from the base of Mount Snow up the mountain, placing the galvanized steel towers on bolts the size of wiffleball bats from almost 100-feet in the air. It will make for great visual footage and after all of the challenges the Mount Snow Valley has been through post-Tropical Storm Irene it is truly a story of “The Show Must Go On”. This is the most significant part of the installation process for Mount Snow’s new $8.5 million lift.

The scene will consist of a very large construction helicopter flown by an experienced pilot “picking” lift towers and crossarm assemblies from the staging area at the base of the mountain and flying them to the lift tower bases along the future lift line. The helicopter stays airborne throughout the entire process. Crews on the ground attach and detach, by hand, a hook connected to an 80-foot cable hanging from the belly of the helicopter. This carefully orchestrated process is supervised by officials from Leitner-Poma; the manufacturers of the Bluebird Express.

There will be a reception in the Station Tap Room located on the second floor of the Main Base Lodge, 39 Mount Snow Rd, West Dover, VT 05356 with complimentary coffee, beverages and baked goods beginning at 9am. Fact sheets will be available.