Loveland Ski Area’s new high-speed lift dons a familiar name

Loveland Ski Area’s new high-speed lift dons a familiar name

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While there is still a lot of work to be done on Loveland Ski Area’s new high-speed detachable quad from Leitner-Poma, the name of the lift has officially been chosen.

Loveland called on the public’s help to name the new lift with a contest that garnered nearly 3,000 entries. It was Loveland’s Board of Directors who reviewed every single entry and selected the winning submission.

Terry Henningson, a Loveland season pass holder and former ski patroller, aimed to honor the family-owned resort with the name Chet’s Dream, paying tribute to Chester R. (Chet) Upham, Jr. Chet, born May 19, 1925, became a partner in Loveland Ski Tow Company in 1956, leading the resort to its first chairlift installation, Lift 1. In 1972, Chet bought out the other partners and the resort has been owned and operated by the Upham family ever since.

“I was on Loveland’s ski patrol for a few years in the late nineties and had the pleasure of meeting Chet a few times,” said Terry Henningson in a press release from Loveland Ski Area. “Because he was so passionate and played such a big role in developing Loveland into what it is today, I thought that this would be an appropriate way to honor his legacy.”

After a five-year battle with bone cancer, Chet passed away on January 24, 2008. His legacy of providing an affordable and enjoyable ski experience lives on through his family, staying true to his philosophy, “if we’d get a dime, we’d spend it on improvements up there (Loveland).” And now through Chet’s Dream high-speed quad lift, he will never be forgotten.

Loveland Ski Area plans to open by late October with Chet’s Dream up and running.

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