Lift Upgrades to Enhance the Guest Experience

New high-speed chairlifts and gondola, as well as expanded lift-served terrain will reduce wait times and increase uphill capacity.

19 New Lifts across 14 Resorts for the 2022 - 23 Season

 

Big things are coming when you hit the slopes next year – we’re talking 19 new lifts kind of big. From coast to coast, we are making our biggest single-year investment to the ski and snowboard experience so that you can make the most out of every minute on the mountain. This means more time to learn new skills, explore new terrain, and discover new peaks. 

“Our mission is to provide an Experience of a Lifetime to anyone who visits our resorts – and to deliver on that mission year-after-year requires constant re-imagination and investment into the guest experience.” - Rob Katz, Vail Resorts CEO

LIFT UPGRADES BY LOCATION

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 All projects are subject to government approval.

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Unparalleled investment. Enhanced experience.


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British Columbia, Canada

  • Whistler Blackcomb, Creekside Gondola: A new 8-person gondola, replacing the existing 6-person gondola, will significantly improve wait times and increase out-of-base uphill capacity by 35% in the Creekside area, especially on high-volume days. 
  • Whistler Blackcomb, Red Lift: An upgrade of the existing high-speed quad with a high-speed 6-pack, combined with the new Creekside Gondola, will increase uphill capacity by nearly 30% and enhance and modernize the guest experience.

Colorado

  • Keystone, Bergman Bowl: Enhancements to Bergman Bowl, including a high-speed 6-person chairlift increasing lift-served terrain by 555-acres, 16 new trails, a ski patrol facility, and snowmaking. This project unlocks access for novice and intermediate guests and provides expanded entry to expert terrain in Independence and Erickson Bowls. 
  • Keystone, Outpost Restaurant: An approximately 6,000 square feet expansion of the existing Outpost restaurant, offering more indoor and outdoor seating for guests.
  • Vail Mountain, Sundown Lift: The installation of a new high-speed 4-person chair will materially reduce wait times on peak days at the popular Chair 5 lift (High Noon Express), allow guests to more conveniently access trails in Vail’s Legendary Back Bowls, and improve mobility to the front side with a new egress at Wildwood.
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  • Vail Mountain, Game Creek Bowl: Improved reliability and capacity in this popular bowl by replacing the current 4-person chair with a new high-speed 6-person lift, increasing capacity by nearly 50%. 
  • Breckenridge, Rip’s Ride Lift: An enhancement of the beginner/ski school experience at the highly utilized Peak 8 base area by replacing the current lift with a high-speed 4-person chair, increasing uphill capacity by nearly 70% and improving out-of-base circulation.   

Utah

  • Park City Mountain, Silverlode 8-Pack Lift: Vail Resorts’ first-ever high-speed 8-pack chair replacing an existing 6-pack chair will increase uphill capacity by 20% and more importantly, reducing high wait times at a critical circulation lift.
  • Park City Mountain, Eagle Lift: A high-speed 6-pack chair with a new alignment and mid-station will replace the existing Eagle and Eaglet lifts, increasing out-of-base uphill capacity by nearly 150% to reduce crowding, wait times and increase the guest experience; especially for beginner skiers and ski school guests.  
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Lake Tahoe, California & Nevada

  • Northstar California, Comstock Lift: The new high-speed 6-pack mid-mountain, replacing a high-speed quad, is designed to alleviate wait times at one of the mountain’s most popular lifts and increase capacity by nearly 50%.  
  • Heavenly, North Bowl Lift: The replacement of an existing fixed-grip triple with a high-speed quad will increase uphill capacity by more than 40% and reduce the combined ride time of the Boulder and North Bowl lifts, which is expected to alleviate the busy Stagecoach area and reduce pressure on the Olympic lift.

Vermont & New Hampshire 

  • Stowe, Mountain Triple Lift: The replacement and extension of the existing fixed-grip triple to a high-speed 6-person lift will increase uphill capacity by 100%, eliminate the steep hike to the base of the lift, improve reliability on windy days, and offer beginner and intermediate guests with better access to lower-level terrain choices. 
  • Mount Snow, Sundance/Tumbleweed Lift: The replacement of two fixed-grip triples with one high-speed 6-person lift will improve access to underutilized terrain and alleviate pressure from other lifts in the main base area, increasing uphill capacity by nearly 70%. 
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  • Mount Snow, Sunbrook Lift: A new high-speed quad to replace the existing fixed-grip triple will significantly decrease the current 14-minute ride time by approximately 30%, and result in better utilization of the Sunbrook terrain. 
  • Attitash: The replacement of the East and West Double-Double chairs with one fixed-grip 4-person chair will improve reliability and enhance the overall guest experience at Attitash.

Pennsylvania & Ohio

  • Jack Frost/Big Boulder: The replacement and consolidation of lifts to improve reliability and enhance the guest experience. Jack Frost: two new fixed-grip 4-person chairs, one to replace the B & C lifts and the other to replace the E & F lifts. Big Boulder: a new fixed 4-person chair replacing the Edelweiss Triple. 
  • Boston Mills/Brandwine: At Boston Mills, the resort will get a new fixed 4-person chair replacing the Lift 5 double. At Brandywine, a new fixed-grip 4-person chair will replace the Lift 3 triple. Both projects will enhance reliability and the overall guest experience.  
 
$2.2 billion over 15 years

Legacy of Investments

$2.2 billion over 15 years

2008

Epic Pass launches, offering unmatched value at an affordable price

2009

Gondolas, lifts, trails, and more added to Colorado and Heavenly

2010

Vail Resorts unveils EpicMix app for trip planning and stat-tracking

2011

Investments at Northstar include snowmaking, dining, village experience, more terrain

2012

Kirkwood added to Epic Pass; Terrain expanded at Breckenridge

2013

Breckenridge opens Peak 6; Upgrades to Alfton Alps, Mt. Brighton

2014

New lifts, state-of-the-art snowmaking arrives at Beaver Creek

2014

New chairlifts, reimagined dining announced for Breckenridge and Canyons

2015

Park City and Canyons combine, creating largest US ski resort

2015

EpicMix Time launches to provide crowd-sourced lift time transparency

2016

Major enhancements to Wilmot: lifts, snowmaking, renovated lodge, terrain park

2017

Historic investments at Whistler-Blackcomb including gondola-to-gondola connection

2017

Park City flourishes with new learning areas for families, dining

2018

New and upgraded lifts announced for Stevens Pass and Perisher

2018

Improvements in dining at Park City, Okemo, Stevens Pass

2019

Energy-efficient snowmaking transforms early season skiing at Colorado resorts

2020

EpicMix adds interactive trail maps, helps guests navigate the mountain

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