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November 25, 2013

Mount Kato cheers winter's early arrival

Snow-making machines in high gear with extended cold snap

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The other addition to the facility is a conveyor lift for the tubing hill, which will replace a cable system where the tube was clipped to the cable and riders sat in their tube on the return to the top of the hill. With the new system, the riders will step on to the conveyor, hold their tube in front of them and ride to the top while standing.

“It’s like a magic carpet ride, really,” Putrah said.

It’s also less labor-intensive and quicker to use, meaning shorter waits in line and more runs down the hill for users, he said. But users won’t see the new conveyor in action until the Christmas school break, when the tubing hill traditionally opens.

And Mount Kato is already planning to add a second conveyor next year — this one on the bunny hill so that beginning skiers won’t have to deal with the complications of mounting and dismounting a chair lift.

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