Just as the summer weather peaks, and we savor water skiing and stand up paddle boarding, ski resorts start to roll out their next winter upgrades.
Okemo seems to be breaking out the bubbly, – in the form of two lifts. So pleased with their orange Sunburst six-pack bubble chair installed last winter, they are replacing the Jackson Gore quad with a high-speed orange bubble for next ski season. They will rebuild this swift lift to Jackson Gore’s summit, and rename it the Quantum Four, making Okemo in Vermont the only resort with two bubble covered chairs in North America. Okemo will also debut a new fixed grip quad lift, called the Sunshine Quad, and two ski trails to the South Face expansion area where a new village is being developed.
Meanwhile, Sugarloaf in Maine will settle for a new terminal to the King Pine lift that failed last March. The existing King Pine towers, top terminal and chairs will remain the same. Sugarloaf states that this terminal upgrade by Doppelmayr costs roughly $800,000, and includes very important improved anti-rollback technology. Other Sugarloaf lifts, including the Timberline Quad which was also closed at the end of the ski season for mechanical issues, will receive needed maintenance and the latest anti roll back systems and brakes. Nothing new, but phew.
Saddleback needs money to replace its key lift, the Rangeley Double… asking friends on facebook to help find financing so they can open with a new $3 million lift for the 2015-16 ski season… seems a little late in the planning stage, no?
Sugarbush Vermont replaces its Valley House Double with a new Valley House Quad, and builds a new Gadd Brook Homes condo cluster on the slopes.
Vermont’s Hermitage Club – the private ski resort at Haystack Mountain
will debut a new $7 mill, six passenger heated bubble chairlift. Who says membership doesn’t have its privileges, private powder and posh heated chairs for their non-existent lift lines!?
Jackson Hole in Wyoming installs the Teton Lift, a high-speed quad giving skiers access to 2,000′ vert of previously only hike-to-terrain in Granite Canyon. Nearby Snow King Mountain gets a new Rafferty lift – a fixed grip quad serving the lower mountain terrain at this great in-town, old school resort that opened in 1939 long before Jackson Hole or Grand Targhee
Park City in Utah is getting $50 mill in upgrades, now that this is a Vail Resort along with neighboring Canyons. A new Motherlode chair will be upgraded from a fixed-grip triple to a 4-person high-speed detachable chair. The King Con will be ramped up to a 6-person high-speed detachable.
A new 8-passenger, high-speed gondola is planned from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at The Canyons, linking the two resorts to create the largest ski resort in the US at over 7,300 acres.
Snowbird in Utah will debut its new 11,000′ Hidden Peak lodge at the summit of the Tram – not so hidden with extraordinary 360’s of the Wasatch from every window.
Enjoy your summer! #WinterisComing
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