2023 New Lifts

This is a list of new lifts likely to be built in North America during the 2023 construction season.  Last updated 10/14/2021. Have an addition or correction? Comment below or email Peter@liftblog.com.

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

29 thoughts on “2023 New Lifts

  1. Myles Svec September 12, 2021 / 12:52 pm

    Anyone have any info on what the skytrac and the MND in the spreadsheet will be?


  2. Donald Reif September 12, 2021 / 8:45 pm

    Shouldn’t Wild Blue Stage II be on the 2022 list?


    • Peter Landsman September 12, 2021 / 9:43 pm

      I listened to the tram board meeting and the timeline sounded uncertain. The lower section and possibly the lower terminal of the second section are being installed in 2022. The rest of the second section is looking more like 2023 but that is subject to change. It’s a massive project.


      • Cole R October 17, 2021 / 7:30 pm

        Hi Peter how do we know that the wild blue gondola will be a d line?


        • Myles Svec October 18, 2021 / 6:31 am

          Based on renderings provided by the Colorado Tramway Board, we can safely say it will be d line.


    • Peter Landsman September 22, 2021 / 7:26 pm

      Signs in the Steamboat Village now clearly state Wild Blue Stage II is a 2023 project along with the Pioneer Ridge lift. The Christie Peak Express bottom terminal looks to be moving to the other side of the Mountain Coaster next year which will require moving 6 towers and significantly modifying the angle station to be sharper. Or maybe they will get rid of the angle station, move all the towers and run the thing straight to Christie Peak. Preview probably also has to go. Not sure about Christie III. What a mess!


      • Collin Parsons September 22, 2021 / 9:36 pm

        They can’t run the Christie Peak Express straight to Christie Peak because there are houses in the way. I would think both Preview and Christie 3 get removed. An open question is which lifts will be added as part of the new beginner area. Wild Blue is going to be comparable in size to the Whistler Village Gondola. The second stage alone is longer than the current gondola, by a lot. Hopefully it gets an hourly capacity of 4000 and a speed of 7 m/sec. I think it is going to have much higher ridership than the current gondola because it will take you all the way to the top. It will be exciting to watch all of this be implemented. Hopefully it all stays on schedule.


        • Myles Svec September 23, 2021 / 6:20 am

          Preview is going to get removed when the first rage of Wild Blue goes in. Not sure about Christie III although if Christie III weren’t removed Wild Blue would have to cross over it.


        • Peter Landsman September 23, 2021 / 7:07 am

          It’s going to be 3,200 passengers per hour at 7 m/s with 10 passenger cabins.


        • Thomas Jett October 17, 2021 / 9:17 pm

          Is this going to be the first 7 m/s monocable in North America?


        • Myles Svec October 18, 2021 / 6:33 am

          Peter, do you know if capacity will be able to be increased on Wild blue in the future after it is built?


  3. HoodRacer September 15, 2021 / 2:47 pm

    Would love to see Mt. Hood Express happen in 2022. The Forest Service is set to approve the project in October because of the minimal environmental impact. Pucci @ Timberline was approved on a similar timeframe (from proposal to approval to construction) so I am still hopeful…

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  4. carletongebhardt September 15, 2021 / 3:05 pm

    In a podcast, I thought that Sugarloaf GM said that West Mountain Express would be a “signature lift”. Well that certainly changed…. It had sounded like they wanted to use the revamped Bullwinkle’s restaurant for weddings and conference space. But that’s not going to work well if they aren’t using an enclosed lift.


    • Big Mountain September 19, 2021 / 5:45 pm

      The most unsurprising thing to happen this year.


    • Anthony September 20, 2021 / 12:11 am

      Plenty of resorts do mountaintop weddings and other events (winter and summer!) without gondolas. You just need to download on the chairlift. 🤷‍♂️


      • Utah Lost Ski Area Project September 20, 2021 / 4:46 pm

        I wonder if they might be using the gondola cabins they have from Big Sky (previously Park City). It was stated somewhere that the cabins were stored for a future lift at Sugarloaf. It could be that they are attempting to do something similar to Wildcat Mountain by adding gondola cabins in the summer.


        • Thomas R White September 20, 2021 / 7:34 pm

          That is interesting. Those cabins have been at Loaf for years. The Wildcat like concept would work. They have a HSQ that they put the gondi cabins on.


    • skitheeast September 21, 2021 / 12:45 pm

      Boyne also committed to not buying any more new detachable quads, only six and eight packs. If West Mountain will be a detachable quad, then perhaps it will reutilize Jordan Bowl at Sunday River? That lift is looking likely to be replaced by a detachable six in 2022, which would make a 2023 reinstallation at Sugarloaf well-timed.


      • Big Mountain September 21, 2021 / 5:05 pm

        I don’t understand why Sunday River wants to replace Jordan Bowl more than Barker but, I think this is probably the most accurate outcome. I wonder if they will still do Barker at the same time but I highly doubt it.


        • skitheeast September 21, 2021 / 7:46 pm

          I agree. I will admit that my experiences at Sunday River are more limited than some here, but Barker has been the biggest chokepoint at the resort during my visits in recent years. Jordan has usually been fine on my visits, but perhaps I have gotten lucky.


        • carletongebhardt September 21, 2021 / 8:17 pm

          Barker does have some alternatives when it gets busy – Lock Triple, or continue down to Chondola. At Jordan there are no other alternatives. Although, they really don’t have that much terrain at Jordan to support a six pack. I agree that Barker should be first, but that’s my guess as to why it might not be.


        • Big Mountain September 22, 2021 / 7:16 pm

          Relatively speaking Jordan needs an upgrade. Any weekend with decent snow that place is packed but, Barker is definitely in worse shape. Sunday River has serviced that line multiple times so who knows maybe we’ll get a double replacement.


        • Collin Parsons September 22, 2021 / 9:17 pm

          If Jordan gets replaced with a signature lift, then I would assume that would also entail building a base area there. I’ve never skied there, so I don’t know which lift has the worst lines, just that Barker is in worse shape mechanically.


        • skitheeast September 23, 2021 / 11:26 am

          The Jordan Hotel is the only thing over there at the moment. Sunday River really has no need for another base area, as they are fine with White Cap, South Ridge, and Barker. My only thought is that if they ever wanted to build a full pedestrian village like Whistler. Tremblant, or Palisades Tahoe, then Jordan would be a great place given the available land.


      • Donald Reif October 18, 2021 / 6:56 pm

        They’re using Jordan Bowl to replace Barker. So I think they might reuse Swift Current.


  5. skitheeast September 23, 2021 / 11:31 am

    Snowbasin just announced a large base redevelopment plan that includes a new beginner chairlift and upgraded Littlecat Express. They want Littlecat Express to be, “A multi-use lift with upload and download capabilities to serve both skiers and foot passengers,” which screams chondola to me. The plan is to have it all ready for Winter 2024, so there is a decent chance one of these lift installations happens in 2023.


  6. Mason October 16, 2021 / 12:14 pm

    What about the new mayflower resort by deer valley with their 2023 lifts?


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