Black Hawk up

NZSki called on some heavy lifting power last week to help install eight towers and crossheads,...
NZSki called on some heavy lifting power last week to help install eight towers and crossheads, part of a multi-million dollar chairlift upgrade at The Remarkables skifield. PHOTO: NZSKI
Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence said the Black Hawk was brought in to help in areas were site access was difficult.

The new drive station, or bottom terminal, of the six-seater chairlift, to replace the four-seater Sugar Bowl lift, was now fully assembled and enclosed, while contractors had ‘‘almost finished’’ the top station.

Before the Government put in place its alert system to stop the spread of Covid-19 the company had planned to spend the next month ‘‘running cable, installing the lift operator and control rooms, and wiring up electrical controls to the tower’’.

It had hoped that all chairs would be online by May, however in a statement the company said that as its priority was ‘‘to look after the health and wellbeing of our community’’ all its staff were now working from home during the lockdown.

The ski area head been scheduled to open on June 6 but was now ‘‘planning for a few different scenarios as to what our season might look like’’ and was ‘‘hopeful that we will be able to get out on the mountain this year’’.

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