Saturday, January 5, 2019, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
After long delays, two eagerly awaited new lifts in Vermont opened today.
Stratton's new Doppelmayr high speed quad is now carrying skiers in the Snow Bowl, replacing a fixed grip quad and surface lift. The new lift was originally anticipated for December, however the government mandated short construction season was complicated by early snowfall.
Magic Mountain's Green Chair is now carrying skiers to the Sunshine Corner area, following the lift line of a long-gone triple chairlift. The project is the longest known chairlift construction, spanning 17 years. The refurbished Borvig double was originally installed at Stratton and was delayed due to previous ownerships' financial problems, as well as the unexpected death of the lift installer.
Including the Snowdon Six Express at Killington, three new chairlifts have debuted this season, while two remain under construction.
The Promenade Triple at Catamount could open this month, as the terminals and towers are in place. The refurbished Poma triple chairlift was originally installed on the lift line where the Green Chair at Magic opened today.
Meanwhile, work continues on the South Ridge Quad at Killington. The refurbished Poma is not expected to be completed until the end of the month.