2021 New Lifts

This is a list of new lifts likely to be built in North America during the 2021 construction season.  Last updated 3/8/2021.

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

ATW = Aerial Tramway
CL = Chairlift
G = Gondola
SL = Surface lift
D = Detachable
F = Fixed grip
M = Monocable
P = Pulse
J = Jigback

77 thoughts on “2021 New Lifts

  1. skitheeast November 11, 2019 / 7:34 pm

    If Squaw Alpine doesn’t build California Express Gondola and Red Dog Express during 2020, it is a sure bet for 2021.


    • Tommy Boy November 11, 2019 / 11:02 pm

      Until litigation involving the gondola is resolved speculating on a possible construction timeline is anything but a sure bet.


    • Thomas Jett November 12, 2019 / 7:47 pm

      Red Dog is going to come before the interconnect. If I had to guess, I’d say 2020 for Red Dog, and then 2021-2022 for the gondola. It’s important to remember that Alterra has a lot of other places besides the Sierras to invest over the next two years. They’re going to want to invest at other places, like Crystal, Solitude, and Tremblant, so in an situation where Alterra builds three detachables per year, I think it unlikely that Squalpine will get three lifts in a row.


      • Alex November 13, 2019 / 7:57 pm

        The nuance is my guesss is Squaw will not replace Red Dog until they know for sure if that Gondola will be built. If the Gondola is NOT going to be built, then Squaw would replace Red Dog in the same lift line as they have today, if the Gondola IS going to be built then the plan is to move the base terminal over closer to the base of Far East very near where the original Red Dog chair started.

        Stepping back I think Red Dog will happen, but only once they get to a final outcome on if the Gondola will be built or not. I think the Gondola will happen. The lawsuit that has been filled is without merit. I think its simply a matter of time before its thrown out of the courts.


  2. powderforever45 November 12, 2019 / 6:13 pm

    Is there any new info on new lifts in 2021?


    • skitheeast November 20, 2019 / 9:30 pm

      That list is comprised of lifts submitted in master plans and/or approved by the forest service. Some of those lifts will probably be built either in 2020 or 2021 while others were conceptualized years ago and are unlikely to be built anymore.


  3. Donald Reif November 21, 2019 / 11:27 am

    When Loveland upgrades Chair 6, they’ll have to work around that one tower it chairs with Chair 2, and maybe move some of Chair 2’s towers to accommodate the replacement for 6.


    • powderforever45 December 7, 2019 / 2:44 pm

      At one point they should just replace 2 with a HSQ or FGQ


    • John Fitzgerald December 19, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      I hope that if chair 2 is replaced with a Fixed Grip Quad and chair 6 is replaced with a Fixed Grip Triple they safety bars on it. I’m sure if they are replaced with a High Speed Quads they will both have safety bars on them


      • Donald Reif December 19, 2019 / 4:02 pm

        The fact that there are bars on Chet’s Dream makes me think the rest of the lifts may eventually be retrofitted with them.


        • Peter Landsman May 4, 2020 / 10:29 pm

          Three Loveland lifts are getting bars this summer Donald.


      • Brendan December 19, 2019 / 11:41 pm

        Just a reminder. These are not safety bars. They are comfort or leisure bars and do not provide any significant safety support.


  4. gavin December 17, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    Not a related comment but it is interesting to still see Norway and no Beavers lifts at a-basin on the map.


  5. Kai Glidden January 14, 2020 / 6:08 pm

    Sugarloaf “wishlist” to replace timberline 2021.


  6. skristiansen February 28, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    Do you think that you could embed the links to the photos of the new lifts once you post them?


  7. skitheeast March 2, 2020 / 9:42 pm

    The Loon GM confirmed on the Storm Skiing Podcast that the Seven Brothers detachable quad will be built in 2021 using the existing Kanc equipment if all goes according to plan.


    • skitheeast September 24, 2020 / 7:29 pm

      Update: It did not go according to plan and is now planned for 2022, with Kanc 8 planned for 2021.


  8. lucas April 28, 2020 / 4:36 pm

    I think A-Basin is getting a new leitner poma replacement lift for the Pallavicini Lift.


    • cfglick April 28, 2020 / 5:17 pm

      That’s this summer along with a Molly Hogan replacement.


    • skitheeast April 28, 2020 / 5:18 pm

      It is being replaced this summer, so it is listed under 2020 New Lifts.


  9. Snow Boys May 4, 2020 / 1:17 pm

    When did you find out that atoma express was going to be a HSQ?


    • Peter Landsman May 4, 2020 / 1:23 pm

      Just an educated guess. Six place would add a lot of cost with the mid-station.


  10. Donald Reif August 19, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    Someone remind me, on what alignment would Purgatory’s Ice Creek Express go?


    • Myles Svec August 19, 2020 / 4:20 pm

      I can’t find a picture of the alignment but it’s supposed to be East of the Hermosa Park express and add 45 new acres of terrain and 4 intermediate runs


    • Randy September 13, 2020 / 12:23 pm

      What happened to the Gelande lift at Purg? Thought it was the next new lift going in.


      • Donald Reif December 7, 2020 / 6:21 am

        Kinda odd that it wouldn’t run all the way up to the BD&M Expressway to ensure access back to the base area without needing to use Hermosa Park. Doing that would also allow retirement of Grizzly.


  11. Machski October 2, 2020 / 2:54 pm

    From Karl Strand’s latest Storm Skiing Podcast, sounds like Sugarloaf’s West Mountain lift is pushed out to summer 2022.


  12. vons3 October 28, 2020 / 12:43 pm

    Searchmont Buzzsaw lift is already onsite in Canada though its install was postponed after shipping last summer.


  13. Boardski December 30, 2020 / 10:44 am

    Did Loveland cancel the replacement of lift 6? It has disappeared from the list…


    • Peter Landsman December 30, 2020 / 10:44 am

      Not happening this summer. When it does happen, it will be fixed grip.


      • Thomas Jett December 30, 2020 / 3:13 pm

        Have you considered keeping a list of planned lifts that don’t have a set construction timeline?


      • WhatIsLifeAnyway January 5, 2021 / 1:44 pm

        Where did you see this? I haven’t been able to find anything since September.


  14. skitheeast January 25, 2021 / 12:06 am

    At this point, I would be shocked to see either one of the two Ontario lifts listed as being built this summer actually constructed this year due to their respective ski seasons being almost entirely canceled.


    • Myles Svec January 25, 2021 / 7:00 am

      Mt Baldy will probably install still since the lift is made already and I think they have it on site. Searchmont dosent look likely.


      • Andy January 25, 2021 / 9:41 am

        On the proposed Quad to install at Mount Baldy , Thunder Bay. Since it is a used lift and probably is onsite already, the only additional costs for 2021 would be pore the cement footings and put the towers up an assemble. Many of the footings got dug in the Fall of 2020. Good luck to both Mount Baldy and Serchmount in the tough business environment of Ontario 2021.

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  15. Kirk January 25, 2021 / 8:32 am

    Talked to one of the key guys at Squaw Valley yesterday, he thinks the Base to Base Gondola will happen this year. Still hard for me to believe there going to spend that kind of money, but will see.

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    • Myles Svec January 25, 2021 / 8:42 am

      If base to base goes in this year Red Dog 6 pack will go in either this year or next year.


      • Kirk January 25, 2021 / 8:55 am

        Sounds like existing Red Dog Drive terminal would be moved uphill to make room for Gondola. It would get a new Drive and control system for this year.


        • Myles Svec January 25, 2021 / 9:01 am

          When would the 6 pack be built then? Next year?


        • nvskier February 1, 2021 / 11:08 pm

          Why would they spend all that money to move the Red Dog terminal and replace the drive and controls just to immediately replace the whole lift with a 6 pack?

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        • pbropetech February 2, 2021 / 8:14 am

          Maintain the lift as if it’s not going away, that way if it doesn’t you’re covered. We did that to our old K-lift; new drive and controls in 2016, lift replaced in 2017. We were able to move the drive and control setup to Blackjack this year.

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        • nvskier February 2, 2021 / 1:22 pm

          Do the current drive and control systems really not have another 1-2 years left in them? I understand the idea of better safe than sorry but why not wait to do that until you know if the new lift will be built or not? Just seems like a lot of extra work and cost to replace those parts and then do all the work again to move it to another lift when it’s inevitably replaced shortly after. A whole new drive and control system goes beyond routine preventative maintenance. Although if they’re going to do it anyways, might as well do it when they’re moving the terminal and things are disassembled rather than waiting a year or two if the new lift isn’t built.


        • Donald Reif February 2, 2021 / 3:56 pm

          I view it as something akin to how Breck replaced the Colorado SuperChair’s Arceaux chairs with Omega chairs in 2012, only to replace the whole thing with a high speed six pack in 2014 (the Omega chairs were then used to replace the Beaver Run SuperChair’s Competition chairs).


        • pbropetech February 3, 2021 / 10:33 am

          NVskier- I don’t work there but I can see their point of view. The longer they hang on to an outdated system the more gremlins pop up and the harder it is to find parts. This can result in nuisance stops at a minimum, if not lengthy breakdowns, which impacts the public’s perception of the lift and ski area. They are definitely keeping that in mind. If Red Dog hasn’t already had an upgrade it’s using a system designed and built in the late 80s, which is going to be obsolete.

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  16. Peter February 19, 2021 / 3:42 pm

    Anyone know what’s going to happen to the old Swift Current and Kancamangus lifts?


    • Donald Reif February 19, 2021 / 3:46 pm

      Swift Current will likely be relocated to another Boyne resort.


    • skitheeast February 19, 2021 / 5:13 pm

      The current Kanc lift is very likely to be refurbished and reused to replace Seven Brothers in 2022. People have speculated Swift Current gets moved to another Boyne Resort, but there is a decent chance it stays in Montana and gets put somewhere else on the mountain. Perhaps as the second lift out of Madison?


      • Raynor March 2, 2021 / 6:28 pm

        I still believe the old Swift Current lift is coming to Sugarloaf for the West Mountain expansion project. The specs on length of the current Swift Current lift and the new West Mountain lift is only like 18 feet difference in length. The project was already pushed to 2022, AKA in my opinion to refurbish the lift just like the current Kanc lift will be getting refurbished.
        That means in 2022 Boyne will put In 3 lifts In the Northeast 2 used and 1 new lift
        1. Sugarloaf West Mountain (used)
        2. Loon Seven Brothers (used )
        3. Sunday River Barker (new )

        I hope I am wrong and the West Mountain lift is a bubble or a HS6 bur I just don’t see it happening.

        I just spent a week at Sugarloaf and I think the most important new lift is actually Timberline. Timberline starting at bullwinkles will be a game changer. Hope that lift comes sooner than later but then again its Sugarloaf we never get good news here.

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    • Erik February 22, 2021 / 4:17 pm

      If the old Swifty stays at Big Sky, an Iron Horse replacement/realignment with a detachable would be nice. A second lift from the Madison base would be useful too. If it gets moved to another Boyne mountain, Pacific Crest at Snoqualmie would be a perfect choice.


      • ah March 4, 2021 / 7:38 am

        Big Sky 2025 has Iron Horse replacement/extension listed. Would definitely be nice if they could extend it up to where SixShooter off loads, or nearby.

        Moonlight Basin’s long range plans show a potential lift from Six Shooter base up to Lookout Ridge. (Though I think it would be better to run one up to the base of Lone Tree.


  17. julestheshiba February 19, 2021 / 6:56 pm

    how come the Ellis drive replacement is not here, I thought they were essentially replacing the whole lift this summer.


    • julestheshiba March 8, 2021 / 5:51 pm

      when you look at their website it does not look like the plan has been revised at all. It still seems like they are planning on doing a second phase which is supposed to improve ride time. I don’t know what this is supposed to mean, but I assume it means a new drive or chairs?


  18. Kirk February 22, 2021 / 6:44 pm

    Your not sure on the Base to Base Gondola Squaw/Alpine yet??


    • Peter Landsman February 22, 2021 / 6:53 pm

      No word yet on the Mammoth projects either. Alterra typically makes announcements the second week in March.


      • Myles Svec February 22, 2021 / 9:21 pm

        I’m guessing all the Steamboat projects will happen. The Alterra projects will probably happen especially since Vail is doing all their projects.


      • Kirk February 24, 2021 / 8:46 am

        Still hearing from a pretty good source, no new lifts for Mammoth and the Base to Base Squaw/Alpine Gondola is on.


        • skitheeast February 24, 2021 / 9:21 am

          Any update on whether Alterra will claim it is a two-year project to essentially pay for most of it and do most of the work in 2022? I heard that was an openly discussed option back in December when I spoke with someone who had reliable information.


  19. Kirk February 24, 2021 / 9:44 am

    Heard Base to Base Gondola project was going to be built in 2021.
    This is a huge project for 1 summer. 2 Drive terminals, 2 interconnecting return terminals and 1 angle station. Each Drive terminal, Squaw and Alpine to have full cabin storage and maintenance facility.
    The only disruption to the current lift system that I am aware of is moving the Red Dog Triple chair uphill to make room for the Gondola terminal on the Squaw side.
    We will see shortly what actually happens??

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    • Somebody February 24, 2021 / 9:51 am

      Might be some disruption to KT? iirc it is supposed to cross over KT in the vicinity of the Fingers. That’ll be a nightmare and a half to build. Also will ruin the aesthetic of KT but it is what it is.

      Also, do you guys think this means Oly Lady is going away?


      • Myles Svec February 24, 2021 / 10:41 am

        I wonder if this is leading up to Alterra announcing additional projects to what was going to happen last year. The only confirmed additional project is moving Steamboats gondola bottom terminal and redoing the entire base area.


      • Donald Reif February 24, 2021 / 10:57 am

        I think Olympic Lady will stick around for a few more years.


      • Kirk February 24, 2021 / 1:40 pm

        Gondola is going to cross Exhibition and KT.
        Oly lady isn’t in the way and won’t go away.


        • Donald Reif February 24, 2021 / 2:59 pm

          And it’s there to act as a backup lift for KT-22, even though it has logged more hours for maintenance than for actual operation at this point.


    • Myles Svec February 24, 2021 / 10:37 am

      If I am correct I think they are going with alignment 4.


      • Kirk February 24, 2021 / 1:42 pm

        Agree 4


  20. Colton February 24, 2021 / 10:42 pm

    Keep an eye on Mt. Spokane… currently pushing for replacing both chair 1 and chair 2 as soon as this summer if everything works out perfectly. Same alignments and top/bottoms, just completely new triples.


  21. Myles Svec March 8, 2021 / 12:49 pm

    Will Alterra confirm their projects for this year soon? It’s past the first week of March when they usually do.


    • julestheshiba March 8, 2021 / 12:57 pm

      this could mean big things are happening, might be taking them longer to figure it all out.


      • Myles Svec March 8, 2021 / 1:12 pm

        Someone on this blog got some insider info and they said it will be California express (Squaw Alpine Gondola) instead of the two mammoth 6 packs.


    • skitheeast March 8, 2021 / 1:38 pm

      I know the original set date for the press release was today. However, minor delays are not a big worry, and it is not as though releasing the information today versus next week will impact anything. It was delayed by one day last year due to them finalizing minor details. The last time I heard anything earlier this year about the announcement, they were deciding how to best release information about the Squaw/Alpine rebrand and the capital improvement plan. They were contemplating releasing it all at once in one mega-announcement when they would normally release their capital improvement plan around now in March or releasing their capital improvement plan as normal and releasing the Squaw/Alpine rebrand and gondola in April when the season starts winding down.


  22. ne_skier March 8, 2021 / 4:04 pm

    Might want to add Magic’s quad here and take it off last year’s list. Definitely not getting done before fall with all of the engineering crap they just uncovered


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