Top Ten Lifts with the Most Chairs

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The average detachable chairlift has 108 carriers while the average fixed grip lift has 103.  Most people would assume the longest lifts have the most carriers but that’s usually not the case.  One of the reasons is longer spacing on detachable chairlifts and gondolas.  Also many long fixed-grip lifts get designed with lower hourly capacities and bigger spacing to save money.  In fact, only one of the top ten lifts with the most chairs is also among the ten longest. Each of the lifts below has more than 200 chairs and, not surprisingly, all but two are fixed-grips.

  1. Cyclone – Sunrise Park Resort, AZ – 352 Yan triple chairs
  2. West Mountain – Sugarloaf, ME – 280 Borvig double chairs
  3. edited to add later: Town – Park City, UT – 264 CTEC triple chairs
  4. Alpine – Copper Mountain, CA – 218 Yan double chairs
  5. Porcupine – Snowbasin, UT – 212 Stadeli triple chairs
  6. Summit – Attitash, NH – 207 CTEC triple chairs
  7. C-Chair – Breckenridge, CO – 206 Riblet triple chairs
  8. A-Chair – Breckenridge, CO – 206 Riblet triple chairs
  9. Snowflake – Breckenridge, CO – 205 Poma double chairs
  10. Northwest Express – Mt. Bachelor, OR – 204 Doppelmayr quad chairs
  11. American Flyer – Copper Mountain, CO – 203 Poma quad chairs

What about gondolas?  There are a bunch of them that stretch two-plus miles.  Even so, no gondolas come close to making this list.  The Sunshine Village Gondola has the most cabins in North America with approximately 175 CWA Omegas and the Whistler Village Gondola comes in at number two with 160 Sigma Diamond cabins.  The average North American gondola has just 74 cabins.

Now, who can guess which lift has the most towers?

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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Lifts with the Most Chairs

  1. Tyler G November 29, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    Two other triples with more than 200 chairs are Town lift and the old Motherlode at PCMR

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  2. Philip Keeve December 1, 2015 / 1:32 am

    For towers I’d think either Slide Brook Express or the Gondola at Silver Mountain.

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    • Max Hart March 30, 2017 / 8:00 am

      The original Killington Gondola had 64 towers. Not sure how that compares to newer gondolas, but I have never heard of another lift with that many towers.

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  3. Philip Keeve December 1, 2015 / 1:33 am

    Actually scratch that…the Whistler Village Gondola, if we’re counting both sections as one lift.

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  4. PCSkier13 February 6, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Town lift (Park City) is running currently with 228 triple chairs, might want to fix the 264 number

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    • Peter Landsman February 6, 2016 / 10:53 pm

      Did they remove some this summer when they added comfort bars?

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  5. PCSkier13 February 6, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Possibly, I can’t imagine they added too much weight, they don’t have footrests or maps, though I do remember more chairs last year

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  6. Somebody... March 5, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I think I remember Solstice at Stratton having 200+ chairs. Don’t quote me on that, as I can’t find anything online.

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  7. John October 29, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Slide brook has 40 towers. Not sure about the Silver Mountain gondola. The Flyer has 35.

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  8. Erik November 1, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    I found out that Buckhorn lift (Chair 1)
    China Peak is in #4 with 246 chairs.

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  9. Max Hart February 22, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    The old Northeast Passage Triple at Killington (before it was shortened to become Sunrise) had 314 Yan triple chairs.

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  10. smacpats February 22, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Worldwide the most towers I have seen is Matterhorn Express (assuming all 4 sections are counted). It has something like 48 towers. Also wonder if it breaks 200 cabins (considering its just over 3 miles long).

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  11. Sam A. January 8, 2019 / 7:46 am

    I’m pretty sure that Sundance at Mount Snow has just over 205 chairs…

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  12. Sam Seven January 20, 2019 / 9:59 am

    At purgatory, grizzly has 222 chairs, and I’m pretty sure needles has at least 225, and twilight has around 215

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  13. Thunder_Wolfe February 13, 2019 / 8:49 pm

    iron horse at winter park has 218 chairs and is a fixed grip.

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