FourRunner – Stowe, VT

Lift line with chairs off for the summer.
Uni-G top station.
Summit station and lift shack.
Tower 22 and the drive station.
Lower lift line.
View down the steep line without chairs.
Loading area.
Loading area with EpicMix reader and new signage.
Tunnel into the parking facility.
Very long and steep lift line with chairs.
Bottom station overview.

15 thoughts on “FourRunner – Stowe, VT

  1. Sam Altavilla September 18, 2019 / 6:37 pm

    In the last picture, I couldn’t help but notice that this lift has Doppelmayr CTEC style panels. Anyone know why that is, especially considering this is a full dopp?


  2. Teddy's Lift World September 19, 2019 / 10:04 am

    I’m sure they were given the option and they opted for the CTEC panels as they are easier to use for lift operators and probably are less expensive.


  3. Donald Reif December 3, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    This is actually a top-drive lift, so the top terminal isn’t the return station. That’s a distinction it only shares with Lookout, also on Mount Mansfield.


  4. Donald Reif January 21, 2020 / 2:55 pm

    The current FourRunner actually has more towers than the old one, as the original only had 18 towers vs. the current’s 22. It also looks like they reused a lot of the original tower foundations.

    This was what the bottom and top terminals used to look like:

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    • Donald Reif December 10, 2020 / 10:27 pm

      It’s even a smidge longer than the original FourRunner, as the upper terminal was originally directly next to the Octagon Cafe instead of slightly uphill from it.


  5. Donald Reif January 21, 2020 / 3:03 pm

    Videos of FourRunner in action:


  6. Stewart Kristiansen February 14, 2020 / 2:05 pm

    This lift always runs very close to top speed.


  7. Skristiansen December 16, 2020 / 5:52 am

    This lift is the probably my favorite to lap. It gets 2000 vertical in less than 6 minutes.


    • VTONNY February 9, 2021 / 4:36 pm

      Ha, as opposed to the 13 min (feels like 30) on the Smuggs doubles just across the other side of Spruce…


      • Skristiansen March 14, 2021 / 5:28 pm

        Yeah. You get 2000 feet in 6 minutes. If you rip lift line you could get 5 runs an hour.


  8. MICHAEL STAHLER April 19, 2021 / 12:07 pm

    So what happened to the original Fourrunner? Was it reused somewhere? Sold for scrap?


  9. Benjamin Edwards December 16, 2022 / 10:47 am

    How often does this lift break down? It suffered a pretty bad one which knocked both of its drives out of commission a week ago, but how often does this happen? Its not like this lift is particularly old either.


    • Calvin December 16, 2022 / 12:46 pm

      Vail doesn’t maintain things. They care more about today’s earnings.

      The proof is in the pudding. They were in a long fight with a supplier about when to replace harnesses for zip lines. Vail was arguing it was too short of a time interval. Supplier said it was an intensive use and they need to be replaced yearly. Vail was being cheap. It resulted in the death of an employee.


      • Andy December 16, 2022 / 1:29 pm

        Hard to not look back to last six to nine months and think that good forward planning as Stowe’s Mountain Triple was being readied to be taken down to be replaced by the Sunrise Six, would have been to make sure the backup motor on FourRunner was working okay, that all parts of FourRunner were ok. . A monthly test over the summer, maybe even having a spare backup motor for FourRunner in case both primary drive and first backup motor failed. How expensive is a spare backup motor and the pieces that go with it? (easy to spend other people’s money) On the other hand Vail is in the business of delivering memorable vacation experiences. This weekend will sure be a memory. :(


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