Castlerock – Sugarbush, VT

This lift is the second iteration of the iconic Castlerock Double.
The bottom station looks like a Standard Alpha model but uses a Yan gearbox.
Chair spacing and tower spacing are very big.
View up at tower 6.
Looking back down the line.
Another view down.
Middle section of the lift.
Another look up.
Upper lift line.
View back down the steep line.
Breakover towers.
Unloading ramp.
Return bullwheel up top.

10 thoughts on “Castlerock – Sugarbush, VT

  1. tjskiloaf17 April 16, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Interesting about the gearbox… never heard that before. Where did it come from? And why was it used?


  2. Sam A. February 24, 2019 / 5:17 pm

    I believe that it came from Killington, however I do not know why it was used.


    • Max Hart February 24, 2019 / 6:01 pm

      Must have been from the old Needles Eye Double.


      • skier72 May 21, 2020 / 10:05 pm

        Here’s a picture of the gearbox.


  3. gavin November 3, 2019 / 11:53 am

    Why does this only run at 300fpm? Serving advanced terrain, it could run up to 500-550 fpm, reducing ride time by 5-6 minutes.


    • Mike B November 4, 2019 / 10:40 am

      Castlerock pod is relatively isolated, so everyone who gets on the lift is skiing down it’s trails. With only 3-4 unique ways down on steep, rocky terrain and no snowmaking, the lower skier density enforced by the slow rope speed and extra spacing on the chairs is a key factor in snow preservation there. On a busy day there, you may only get 8-10 runs but they’ll all be high quality.


  4. Teddy's Lift World November 30, 2019 / 3:38 pm

    There are several facts incorrect on the spreadsheet. Line Speed is definitely not 300. It is about 425 to 450 FPM. Capacity is also too high. With the far chair spacing, this lift’s capacity is below 1,000 for sure. Probably around 700 or 800 p/h.


  5. roblox May 12, 2020 / 10:38 pm

    there is also a cool game based off this lift. It is called Castlerock Peak

    Liked by 1 person

  6. BB17 May 12, 2021 / 5:15 pm

    Does anyone know when Tower 1A was added?


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