While the mountain may be closed for skiing and snowboarding, Coronet Peak has been a hive of activity over the past four months as summer maintenance has kicked into gear. On top of regular tasks such as scheduled maintenance and conservation work is the exciting project of installing a brand new High Speed Telemix Chairlift and dismantling the old 4 seater Coronet Express.
Earthworks for the new high speed lift began early this year with the bulk of the gondola/chair parking area at the base currently excavated and progressing quickly. Additional excavation is also underway for the 14 towers required to run the new lift line, along with the pouring of concrete foundations to support the towers.
Over the past week, contractors and staff maintenance teams have disassembled and removed the base station and haul rope of the existing lift and are working towards the complete removal of the top station. The towers will be removed over the next two weeks by crane and helicopter.
Italian chairlift manufacturer, Leitner Ropeways are working closely with local contractors to ensure the new lift is installed in a safe and timely manner. There are currently 50 workers on site, with the number to increase as construction continues. Over 200m3 of concrete is required at the top station, however this step will take longer than usual as truck capacity is limited to 3m3 from the usual 5m3, due to the steep access gradient. Adhering to Coronet Peak’s commitment to conservation, all vegetation being excavated is being safely stored and protected during construction and will be replanted once the lift is operational.