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Lift Tower Installation Begins at Cannon Mountain's Mittersill


Lift Tower Installation Begins at Cannon Mountain's Mittersill

FRANCONIA NOTCH, NH (September 22, 2010) - Visitors to Cannon Mountain today might have seen an unusual sight above Mittersill: a Sikorsky S61 helicopter carrying 6,000 pound payloads of concrete that are being used to create footings for new lift towers for the ski area's new double chair.

"This has been in the works for quite a while," says John DeVivo, the general manager of Cannon Mountain and the surrounding Franconia State Park. "During the 2009-2010 ski season, skiers had to hike over from Cannon to ski Mittersill's backcountry trails as they have for years. We ran a shuttle from Mittersill to Cannon, but we knew that adding chairlift access from Mittersill's base would make a huge difference to backcountry enthusiasts who just can't enough of the Mittersill experience."

The project, which is Phase II in a three-year, $4 million investment and improvement campaign at Cannon, was contracted to Doppelmayr CTEC, Inc. of Park City, Utah. The firm is using Construction Helicopters of Michigan to transport the concrete.

According to DeVivo, the construction started several weeks ago along Mittersill's original chairlift line. "Over the past month, concrete forms for footings were built where the 13 new towers will go. Today the helicopter is transporting concrete from a truck at the base to these footings. It's quite a sight: A bucket holding one and a half yards of concrete, weighing 3 tons, is attached by a line to the chopper and carried up the mountain. Once all the concrete is poured-that's going to take more than 70 round trips-the chopper will fly out the old towers, Then, when the footings have cured, they'll return to set the new towers in place." DeVivo expects the entire installation will be complete by the end of the year, with a projected opening of the new double chair in early 2011.

CANNON MOUNTAIN is located off I-93 in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire. The Cannon Mountain Tramway (for advanced skiers/snowboarders) and New England Ski Museum are located at Exit 34B, while the Peabody Base Lodge and Tuckerbrook Family Area are located at Exit 34C. Cannon Mountain has 72 trails, 10 lifts and terrain for all ability levels. Cannon has the longest vertical drop and the highest lift-served terrain in New Hampshire, and boasts the state's only aerial tramway.

For more information, contact Greg Keeler, director of sales & marketing, Cannon Mountain & Franconia Notch State Park, at (603) 823-7722 ext. 758, or email: greg.keeler@dred.state.nh.us Online, visit www.cannonmt.com or www.iamcannon.com.

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