James Coleman, the new owner of Arizona Snowbowl and three other resorts in the Southwest has gone lift shopping again. Snowbowl’s new Humphreys Peak Quad will be built by SkyTrac in Salt Lake City and open for the 2015-16 season. Coleman already bought two lifts from Leitner-Poma this year – a beginner quad for Sipapu and detachable quad for Purgatory to replace the Legends triple. Humphreys Peak will be the first new lift at Arizona Snowbowl since CTEC built the Agassiz triple back in 1986.
Snowbowl’s new lift will be located between the Hart Prarie and Agassiz lifts, serving intermediate terrain. It will be 3,060 feet long and rise 780 vertical feet with a very low hourly capacity of 1,000 skiers per hour. SkyTrac has committed to complete the project by December despite the late start. This is SkyTrac’s second complete lift project this summer after Pomerelle, Idaho announced a new triple chair last week.
Arizona Snowbowl also announced today planning for the new Grand Canyon Express which will be the resort’s first high speed lift and serve 90% of its skiable terrain. Although a timeline was not announced, I would not be surprised to see the project happen next summer. Arizona Snowbowl’s master plan also includes replacing and realigning the Aspen and Hart Prarie lifts which are both Riblet doubles. It seems James Coleman has no shortage of money to spend on capital improvements.