American Express – Stratton, VT

American Express was the first of four six-packs built at Stratton in the 1990s and early 2000s.
It is a bottom drive lift with queuing gates.
Leaving the base terminal.
All of Stratton’s detachable lifts feature 100 percent parking.
View down at tower 4.
Side view of the base station.
Top unloading area and parking rail.
Side view of the early model UNI “Spacejet” design.
Tower 13.
Upper part of the lift line with the gondola in the background.
Middle lift line section.
Lift overview.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

7 thoughts on “American Express – Stratton, VT

  1. smacpats April 4, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    Interesting how stratton can’t seem to decide on a tower color. On opening day in 1961 (from pics I’ve seen online) they were red, at some point they were blue, In the 90s (also from what I’ve seen online), they were red, somewhere along the way Kidderbrook and Snowbowl ended up a different shade of blue than before, and then they finally decided to just settle with a normal gray with this lift apparently (first time I’ve seen this worldbook entry), but then in the early 2000s (or late 90s??) they decided to paint all the lifts except kidderbrook and snowbowl the current “ugly green” (as I like to call it). Really curious how many different colors the towers on Tamarack have been over the years. Hoping Stratton can take a hint from almost every other resort and just chose a normal tower color on their new lift. The green gets ugly and boring fast.


    • BeyondtheLodge January 22, 2019 / 3:15 pm

      I actually like the color, it gives it a unique “Stratton” feel.


    • Tijsen January 23, 2020 / 12:52 pm

      I think the lifts were actually red until 1995, where they repainted everything green. In 1999 when Ursa was installed lifts were repainted grey and the quads were painted blue. Then once the sunbowl sixes were installed they changed it AGAIN to the current green and I don’t think the towers have been repainted since


  2. Collin Parsons August 31, 2019 / 9:09 pm

    This lift just started running in the summer/fall for the bike park. They have Deasonbuilt center pole racks on every third chair that each fit 4 bikes, and the lift is run at 2.6 m/sec or about 510 fpm. There are a couple gaps with 4 or 5 regular chairs between bike carriers which is kind of annoying. Hopefully they’ll get more racks as the trail system is expanded.


    • Sam Altavilla September 1, 2019 / 3:30 pm

      They have also upped security around both of the terminals since this is now a full time lift. Controls and lift shacks are locked up, and I believe there is a camera at the top.

      Also just a note, the chair bails are currently being stored in the secondary parking lot along with the shuttle busses and groomers.


  3. skitheeast December 18, 2019 / 11:25 pm

    This lift replaced three doubles (Betwixt, Standard, and Suntanner) and followed the alignment of the middle of the three, Betwixt. It really cleared up the base area to consolidate three lifts into one with the same capacity and improved comfort.

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  4. Knight January 15, 2020 / 2:47 pm

    This summer Stratton repainted the terminals on this lift and multiple lower terminal windows but the top terminal still has a broken window or two from some sort of weather. It probably should be replaced in the near future.


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