2020 New Lifts

This is a list of new lifts likely to be built in North America during the 2020 construction season.  Last updated 7/17/2019.

Blue = Doppelmayr
Yellow = Leitner-Poma
Green = Skytrac
Brown = LST
Purple = Partek
Orange = SkyTrans
Gray = Re-installations (used lifts)
Red = To be announced

CL= Chairlift
G = Gondola
SL = Surface lift
D = Detachable
F = Fixed-grip
M = Monocable
P = Pulse


40 thoughts on “2020 New Lifts

  1. alex September 29, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    Awesome. One tweak. I believe the plan is for the McCoy Park Egress to be a 3-CLF

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    • Mike B October 16, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Per some real estate renderings from last year, it’s supposed to start at the new upper village area near the Hyatt and Sunrise lodge/base of current Sunrise lift. From there it seems to head SW or SSW to somewhere between the base of Peak 5 and Dreamcatcher – unclear on specifics given the available information. If done right, it could be transformational from the perspective of enabling single-ride access to the southern half of the old Canyons terrain. Lift layout would still suck there, and be permanently hamstrung by short-sighted real estate decisions, but I guess a step in the right direction.


      • reaperskier October 16, 2018 / 5:24 pm

        Would it replace the existing sunrise double?


      • Mike B October 17, 2018 / 11:56 am

        I believe the plan is to replace that with a different lift.


  2. Thomas Jett September 29, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    You should make a “planned lifts” page that lists planned lifts that don’t have a definitive or anticipated construction date.

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    • designbycalvinprocessblog October 1, 2018 / 11:07 pm

      Interesting. If this goes through I wonder if Wilbere would be removed. The top terminal of the proposed race lift would intersect with the top unload of Wilbere, and that is already a very high traffic intersection of Bass Highway cat-track, and it doesn’t offer much space for a new lift and more unloading traffic.


  3. Duncan October 16, 2018 / 8:30 am

    Hey Pete, any reason this isn’t accessible from the drop-down menu? And on the map you called sunrise express a clf.


  4. Jonathan December 22, 2018 / 10:00 am

    What is the Flatirons Lift at Big Sky?


    • Peter Landsman December 22, 2018 / 10:04 am

      It will connect the lower part of Spanish Peaks to the top of Lone Moose. The lift line was cut last summer. It is scheduled to be built in either 2019 or 2020.

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      • Doppelmayr FTW December 22, 2018 / 4:03 pm

        I believe this one will connect the highlands development to the ski area correct?

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      • Thomas Jett January 25, 2019 / 6:48 pm

        Peter, you linked a master plan on the 10/5/18 news roundup that indicates that two lifts will be built on that peak: one from the base of Spanish Peaks (Highlands), and one running up the east face (Flatiron). From your description, wouldn’t this be the Highlands lift?

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  5. Somebody January 31, 2019 / 7:46 pm

    Wonder if one wasatch will ever come. Highly doubtful the pc/brighton link will ever happen now with vail and alterra, but I wonder if the cottonwoods will link up.

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  6. Carson January 31, 2019 / 8:30 pm

    I hope not I would like to keep the resorts not connected but there is some trails that do connect solitude and Brighton together to make solbright and there is a pass for both same with snow bird and alta


  7. Sam A. February 14, 2019 / 9:28 am

    Mount Snow, VT has been hinting to a Leitner-Poma detachable quad to replace the fixed grip one on the Sunbrook side. However, this is not final. Just an FYI.


    • Max Hart February 14, 2019 / 11:46 am

      It’s about time.


      • reaperskier February 14, 2019 / 1:51 pm

        But where would the old sunbrook quad be relocated to?


        • Max Hart February 14, 2019 / 2:30 pm

          I would think that I could be a good contender to replace Tumbleweed. It’s a CTEC, so Peak Resorts could even opt to sell it (someone would buy that lift). It certainly wouldn’t be scrapped.


        • Sam A. March 14, 2019 / 5:24 am

          They did mention that they were going to convert Heavy Metal #3 into a quad, so that could be an option. As Max said, that would be a good contender to replace Tumbleweed. That lift needs some higher capacity anyway, especially since it serves a lodge.


  8. Charlie February 14, 2019 / 5:41 pm

    Let’s hope we can see a Lutsen lift or two here, we could have the answer by June


  9. Carson March 1, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    Solitude pushed back the sunrise replacement to 2020.


  10. BGlynn March 11, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    Tamarack in Idaho is putting back a lift where the Wildwood Express used to be


      • BGlynn March 13, 2019 / 2:25 pm

        Hi Peter, yes it should be this year. It is purchased and will be installed this fall.


        • Dhowe March 13, 2019 / 4:03 pm

          Can they reuse the footings from the old wildwood and save money on survey, clearing, excavation, concrete? Seems like they could just fly in new towers and terminals and be done


        • Peter Landsman March 13, 2019 / 4:05 pm

          Even the operator houses are still intact!


        • Max Hart March 13, 2019 / 4:18 pm

          Dhowe I think they can. Doppelmayr still makes the Uni-G, which structurally was exactly the same as the Uni-GS. They should be able to just put Uni-G terminals of the same length onto the existing foundations. They could probably still even use the exact same layout in terms of towers and their heights. The surveying and design work is already done (from the old lift); I would think that they could use pretty much everything from when the first Wildwood was built. Even sheave assembly size and placement is already on paper from the old lift. Doppelmayr designs just haven’t changed enough to create a real problem.

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  11. gavin March 11, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    A new Ullr mountain fixed grip quad with carpet would be great at Lutsen. And I’ve always wondered about expansion to mystery mountain. A new triple there, maybe?


  12. Charlie March 12, 2019 / 7:10 am

    For Mystery maybe a low capacity high speed quad


  13. Regarding the Game Creek Express lift upgrade, it’s going to be interesting to see whether that one goes to Doppelmayr or Leitner-Poma, seeing as both companies have built six-packs for Vail (Northwoods Express for Leitner-Poma, and the Mountaintop Express and Avanti Express for Doppelmayr). Will they go with Doppelmayr (since there are no Pomas in that part of the mountain and the six packs closer to that area are Doppelmayrs) or stick to Leitner-Poma?

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    • Thomas Jett May 6, 2019 / 1:11 am

      Doppelmayr will be interesting, as I think I recall hearing that they were hoping to phase out the UNI-G a few years after the D-Line was introduced, like they did with the UNI-M after they introduced the UNI-G. As far as I know, all of their 2019 winter-use installations are UNI-G, but it’ll be interesting to see if Vail leads the charge with D-Line adoption.


  14. cfglick May 29, 2019 / 8:19 am

    Whats the peak 7 infill at breck?


    • Donald Reif May 29, 2019 / 3:55 pm

      I’m wondering about that too. I suspect it could be a high speed quad or something that makes it so skier traffic on Peak 6 can bypass Peak 7 Base when returning to Peak 8 (much like the Peak 6 Parkway allows one to go directly from the Rocky Mountain SuperChair to Zendo without going through Peak 7 Base).


      • Donald Reif May 29, 2019 / 4:41 pm

        So Shadow Mountain is proposed to be a high speed quad/six-person gondola cabins Chondola?

        And I too wonder what the “Peak 7 Infill” lift at Breck will be. My guess is that it’s probably going to be a high speed quad that will run from the junction of Monte Cristo and Wirepatch up to Pioneer Crossing. I suspect since the proposed lift is to improve circulation of skier traffic, the lift is probably going to be one that allows for Peak 6 skiers to get back to Peak 8 without going through Peak 7’s base area, and also allow those skiing laps on Monte Cristo, Angel’s Rest, Lincoln Meadows and Wirepatch to lap those runs without having to ski the icy runout of lower Monte Cristo. Taking that skier traffic and putting it all into a new lift could achieve the goal of absorbing a good share of the Independence SuperChair’s traffic. And result in Peak 7 having two superchairs that serve most of the same terrain but have different functions, in much the same way the Colorado and Rocky Mountain SuperChairs handle lower Peak 8 while the Beaver Run and Mercury SuperChairs handle upper Peak 9.

        And if it’s a high speed quad, this infill superchair will be Breckenridge’s sole high speed quad to not use Omega chairs (since every indication these days is that Leitner-Poma’s Omega chairs are not only used on fixed grip lifts, with the LPA chairs being the standard for detachables; Hunter’s Northern Express being probably the sole exception in recent years as it received Omega chairs per a custom order).


  15. mzg June 7, 2019 / 11:22 am

    I would expect the new Snowshoe lift to be a Doppelmayr given their prior history there.


  16. reaperskier July 8, 2019 / 6:49 pm

    I see that dagmar is installing a new lift in 2020 to replace the rendezvous triple.

    I’m guessing its either going to be a used BM Lifts Quad, an LPOA fixed grip quad similar to favourite or a skytrac quad.


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