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The End of Chairlift Chills

The End of Chairlift Chills

[ Tue, 2010-09-07 13:07 ]
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The Canyons' New Bubble Lift
A revolution in lift technology, aimed at blocking out the elements, has just arrived in Park City, Utah. Your ride to the peak will never be the same.

The Canyons Resort is pioneering one of the biggest innovations in skier comfort since Gore Tex, a heated capsule that completely shields riders from the elements. The orange, Plexiglas bubble wraps up, from the footrests, over the safety bar, then behind the back of the bench.

Without the nuisance of piercing winds, it’s possible to enjoy the heated seat that charges for 7-seconds as it rounds the base of the terminal and reaches a temperature of about 55 degrees.

On a clear day, according to The Canyons communications coordinator, Hannah Bowling, “the views will be unmatched. It will feel like you’re in a pair of sunglasses.”

This added protection will also allow operators to raise the lift speed, moving riders from the Grand Summit Hotel to the mid-mountain Lookout Peak, then to the Sun Peak Lift, a change of 3,190 feet, in just nine-minutes. Increasing the lift speed inherently raises uphill lift-capacity; projections are as high as 47% more riders per hour.

The first of it’s kind in North America, this chairlift design originated in Austria and is expected to start a new trend at resorts around the nation, according to Bowling.

“It’s our goal to find the newest and most advanced technologies, this is just the start,” said Bowling.