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PHOTOS: Pats Peak uses helicopter to install new towers for triple chair

  • An existing chairlift and towers for the new Peak Triple Chair are seen the afternoon after being installed by helicopter at Pats Peak in Henniker on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The new chairlift will double the capacity of the former lift it replaces. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Towers for the new Peak Triple Chair are seen the afternoon after being installed by helicopter at Pats Peak in Henniker on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The new chairlift will double the capacity of the former lift it replaces. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Towers for the new Peak Triple Chair are seen the afternoon after being installed by helicopter at Pats Peak in Henniker on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The new chairlift will double the capacity of the former lift it replaces. ELIZABETH FRANTZMonitor staff

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Monitor staff
Friday, September 08, 2017

Fourteen towers for the new Peak Triple chair were lifted into place by helicopter at Pats Peak in Henniker on Thursday.

Over the summer, crews removed the old chairlift, including all its towers, and poured concrete pads for new towers to hold the triple, which will run from the lodge to the top of the mountain.

The triple chair was bought from Ascutney, a Vermont ski area that shut down in 2010. The triple chair lift was completely refurbished as part of the project, which was expected tocost about $1 million in total.

A major advantage from the point of view of Pats Peak, and presumably of skiers who don’t like lines, is that the current chair has a capacity of 880 skiers per hour, compared to more than 1,500 per hour for the new triple.