Sugarbush to Swap Sunshine & Village Doubles for New Quad Chairs

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A new quad chair will replace the Village double at Sugarbush for 2017-18.

Last week we learned Sugarbush Resort will join the Mountain Collective in 2017/18 and today Vermont’s second largest resort committed to upgrading two 50+ year-old chairlifts to modern fixed-grip quads.  Sunshine, also known as Sunny D, is a 1963 Stadeli at the base of Mt. Ellen that will be removed and replaced in the same alignment.  Village serves beginners on Lincoln Peak and was built by Carlevaro-Savio in 1964.  The new version of that lift will start higher and greatly improve the beginner experience at Sugarbush.

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A second new chairlift will replace the Sunshine double on Mt. Ellen.

The nostalgic out there may miss these pieces of ancient history come spring but the Sugarbush lift maintenance team likely won’t.  “Our Director of Lift Maintenance, Jasen Bellomy, felt very strongly that we replace both lifts this year rather than over the next two years,” wrote Sugarbush President Win Smith. ” We took his advice, and fate proved him correct a few days later as the top sheave assembly on the Village Double failed. We would have had to ship the part out for repair which would have taken no less than two weeks, so we have officially retired what was once known as Lift 6.”  These aren’t big new lifts (both are around 2,000′ long with under 500′ of vertical) but it’s great to see another mountain investing in its aging infrastructure. Carlevaro-Savio and Stadeli are both long gone and Village/Sunshine are 53 and 54 years old, respectively.

This summer, Sugarbush will also replace the electric motor on North Ridge, a 1990 Poma. I have an email out about the manufacturer of the new lifts; Doppelmayr built the new Valley House here in 2015.  It may be a few days before Sugarbush replies, however with 18-24″ expected to bury the Green Mountains over the next 48 hours.

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10 thoughts on “Sugarbush to Swap Sunshine & Village Doubles for New Quad Chairs

  1. Max Hart March 13, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Good for The Bush. It’s good to see a big eastern mountain that is investing in lift infrastructure. Hopefully this, along with possible new installations at Stowe (who knows what Vail will do next), will stir up some competition within the New England ski industry, leading to new installations at other mountains.

    Also, I think this is the first time a single New England ski area will install two NEW (not used) lifts in one construction season since 2007 when Loon, NH installed the Lincoln Express and the Tote Road Quad.

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  2. Ryan March 13, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Maybe Sky Trac? Are there any ST lifts on the east coast?

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    • Peter Landsman March 13, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      Ski Roundtop, Bryce Resort, Hermitage Club, Laurel Mountain and Berkshire East. There’s a lot of red/TBD on my map to fill in over the next few months.

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    • newenglandskilifts March 14, 2017 / 8:33 am

      I think The Bush will go with Doppelmayr. They did two years ago with the Valley House Quad, however this time they will probably have Alpin-STAR drives instead of the Tri-STAR. Also their most recent Leitner-Poma lift was from 2001, so they don’t have much of a recent history with L-P.

      I don’t think they will go with SkyTrac because they would need to expand their spare parts collection to accommodate another lift manufacturer, which I don’t think they would be willing to do considering that they have a decent supply of parts from two major manufacturers that are still making lifts (more recently from Doppelmayr).

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      • Charles Von Stade March 14, 2017 / 9:07 am

        They almost did a SkyTrac last time but Doppelmayr was determined to underbid them.

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      • Peter Landsman March 14, 2017 / 9:07 am

        I’m not making any assumptions this year. There are going to be some defections.

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      • Peter Landsman March 16, 2017 / 9:38 am

        Been told these are “very likely” to be Doppelmayr.

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  3. Peter Landsman March 14, 2017 / 5:53 am

    Someone on Facebook pointed out Village might be the last Carlevaro-Savio lift in the US. I still count seven remaining out of 38 total. Down to 23 Stadelis as well.

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  4. Max Hart March 14, 2017 / 8:22 am

    There will be at least two Carlevaro&Savios left in New England, the Outpost Double and the Bonanza Double, both at Pico, VT. There are a few more, such as Beartrap and Ego Alley at Mount Snow, VT and Snowdance at Nashoba Valley that have been modified over the years but have little C&S equipment remaining.

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  5. Teddy March 17, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I’m sad. Carlevaro Savio was a great lift company and had classic designs. At least it is going to be a nice Doppelmayr. I rode one at Stowe (Meadows Quad) and it was very european and nice.

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