Mont-Sainte-Anne ski centre cuts mountain ascent time

Mont-Sainte-Anne ski centre cuts mountain ascent time

To the delight of local and visiting skiers, a new lift to reduce the ascent time in half has just been installed at the well known Mont-Saint-Anne ski centre close to Quebec City, the largest and highest ski resort in Canada east of Alberta.

This new equipment, operational this winter, will cut the lift time from twelve to six minutes. Its trajectory was modified so as to allow better access to more skiable terrain, giving access to all the runs, not just the expert sector. Hopefully, this should result in a reduction of traffic on the gondola which has been in service for several years already.

Its speed has been calculated at five metres per second with a capacity of 1,800 skiers per hour. The new chair lift is supplied by the Austrian company Doppelmayr, and was built at their plant in St. Jerome, close to Montreal; 80% of the parts are right here from Quebec province.

Since July, eight to ten workers have been on the job 7 days a week, making sure the installations would be ready for this season. It represents a $5million project and is the largest in Quebec’s ski industry this year.

The centre also acquired a new slope grooming tractor nicknamed “the Beast” which will increase the efficiency by 40%, allowing the ski runs to be ready sooner and earlier for the early birds who prefer to hit the freshly groomed slopes before anyone else.

Mont-Sainte-Anne has a network of 69 ski slopes, a ski school and an area for beginners. It is host to many international events and has been the practice centre for the Japanese Olympic team for many years.
………………………………………………………………………. Staff Writer

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