Two half century old novice double chairlifts are to be replaced.
Monday, March 13, 2017, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Sugarbush is planning to install two new quad chairlifts this summer, according to a blog entry posted by owner Win Smith today.
"Last week, we finalized our capital expenditure projects for the summer. The major items will be replacing the remaining two double lifts with new fixed-grip quads. A new Village Lift and a new Sunny D Quad will greatly improve the beginner experience at both mountains."
Smith also mentioned a sheave assembly recently failed on the Village Lift, resulting in its closure for the balance of the season and thus its Sugarbush career. The Carlevaro & Savio double chairlift was installed in 1964. The Sunshine Double was installed by Stadeli at the new Glen Ellen ski area in 1963.
The Sunshine Double (2015)
Vermont Act 250 paperwork has yet to be processed.
With the replacements, the only remaining double chairlift at Sugarbush will be the Castlerock. The chairlifts will be the fourth and fifth new installs since Smith's Summit Ventures NE, Inc. acquired the mountain in 2001.
In addition to the new lifts, Smith also announced the installation of a new motor in the North Ridge Quad and snowmaking improvements.