Posted at: 12/04/2012 4:55 PM
Updated at: 12/04/2012 5:41 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Ski Apache in Southeastern New Mexico is currently installing several new additions to improve conditions for skiers. They are adding three new lifts – Capitan Chair 4, Lincoln Chair 2 and an improved gondola.
“The gondola is a high speed detachable so it’ll run twice as fast as the previous gondola, you can get up to the top in about eight minutes, they’re eight passengers instead of four, and it’ll be a much nicer ride,” Ski Apache Director of Operations Justin Rowland said. “Probably the nicest ride in New Mexico!”
Ski Apache was originally supposed to open Thanksgiving weekend, but because of a lack of snow and conditions appropriate for producing snow, they were forced to move the start date to December 7 and now, again, to December 14. But they said they’re using the extra time to work more on these projects and put them in as quickly as possible.
They hope the increased gondola speeds will make a big difference for skiers.
“If you're a skier, and it's an eight minute ride, more time on the snow versus more time in the air or on the lift...you'll be on the top, ready to ski,” Rowland said. “And it hopefully alleviates some of the lift lines, because that'll go so fast, you'll be able to spend more time out like you want to versus waiting in the air.”