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Mt. Ripley Ski Area Gets New Chair Lift Addition
December 22, 2007
Michigan Tech’s Mt. Ripley Ski Area is getting a major addition this year, a second chair lift.
 
A few days before Christmas, 2007, saw the formal dedication and the opening of the new Copper Hoist Chair Lift. Mt Ripley Ski Hill Director Nicholas Sirdenis greets the spectators on hand for the ribbon cutting. Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz gives some background for the Mt. Ripley development. President Mroz, Sirdenis, and a Michigan Tech Husky live Mascot perform the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Copper Hoist Chair Lift. The The new lift, a double chair lift, will accommodate 1200 skiers per hour, bringing the Hill capacity now to 3600 skiers and snowboarders per hour. This is the first lift improvement since 1973, when the first double chair lift went into operation, and will open new trails on the more than 100 acre complex. Mt. Ripley also features night skiing as well.
PREVIOUSLY: Being added on the East side of the area, the lift will service east side new runs that previously had been difficult to get to. Construction is under way here on the lower lift station, in early July, as pole guide towers go up, on the slope leading to the top. A view from the top location, showing grading and clearing work. A look from top side at one of the new runs that will be available from the new lift, and a view of the MTU Campus, across the Keweenaw Waterway. Another of the runs that will be served by the East side chair lift.
This wooded glen area also will get access from the new chair lift addition. Workers are setting up forms for the top side towers. Another shot of the upper tower construction base work. In the second week of August, the chair lift control hut is now in place, and cable guides are now in place on the towers.
By the second week in September, the counter weight is done and the primary cable has been strung to the top of the hill and back down. Here, the completed cable stringing is better shown, as well as a good view of one of the support towers.
             
           
 
[ Photos: Roland Burgan ]
 
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