Kancamagus 8 – Loon Mountain, NH

This lift was the very first eight passenger chairlift built on the East Coast and the project included a large bottom terminal building.
Doppelmayr Connect controls.
Custom upholstered eight place chair.
Lower terminal overview.
Side view of the bottom station.
Another view of the drive station.
Loading conveyor.
D-Line bullwheel.
The top terminal features a standard D-Line skin rather than being enclosed by a building.
Terminal underside.
View down at tower 11.
Conical towers brought over from Europe.
The alignment is not that long with a ride time of just 4.5 minutes.
View from above at the building.
Hold down assemblies on towers 1 and 2.
The parking area doubles as maze space during the day.
Riding up the line.
Tower 7.
Tower 9.
Upper station overview.
Turnaround area.
A chair with bubble down.
Tower 12 and the top terminal.
Another view of the summit.
A chair with the bubble open.
Middle part of the lift line.
Lower lift line.
View uphill.
The building entrance.
Kanc 8 plaza.
Backside of the building.
Most of the lift line seen from the resort entrance.

17 thoughts on “Kancamagus 8 – Loon Mountain, NH

  1. Myles Svec December 23, 2021 / 5:34 pm

    What is the reason behind the top tower having those white things around them? UV reflectors?

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    • vons3 December 23, 2021 / 5:48 pm

      Sort of, the sun shining directly on the tower tube can cause the tower to move (sunflower) due to uneven thermal expansion of the steel tube hence the sheetmental deflectors on the last tower. Tall towers or in this case a tower adjacent to the terminal terminal will need this movement controlled as the terminal doesn’t experience the same movement if any at all and in the case of a very tall towers the movement is just too great for the line to absorb. Often you will see lifts with random towers painted light colors to deal with this issue too.

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  2. Somebody December 24, 2021 / 12:53 am

    This lift is a bit silly when you realize it’s 4000 feet long on a small intermediate pod. This would’ve been a much better lift for somewhere like Sugarloaf, with longer lifts that serve more terrain.

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    • carletongebhardt December 24, 2021 / 8:00 am

      So far it seems to be moving people effectively out of what normally was a crowded lift. Yesterday was a big crowd at Loon, and the gondola had a huge line, but the Kanc never had a wait of more than a couple of minutes.

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    • skitheeast December 24, 2021 / 3:26 pm

      I disagree. The Kanc Quad was more crowded than anything at Sugarloaf, and the lines at Kanc8 have been much shorter this year.

      I will say that the heated seats and bubbles would definitely be more appreciated at Sugarloaf.

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      • Somebody December 24, 2021 / 6:54 pm

        The heated seats and bubbles was mostly what I was referring to. The actual 8 person chairs are a novelty compared to 6 chairs. Kanc8 has a hourly capacity of 3500 pph, which I’ve heard is often effectively less due to misloads and bad organization of the line. 6 packs from 30 years ago are able to get 3600 pph.

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        • Collin Parsons January 9, 2022 / 5:25 pm

          That’s not true. No one is loading 6 packs at a capacity of 3600 per hour. If a lift has that as its theoretical capacity, they have either removed chairs, or are not running at full speed.

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        • Donald Reif January 9, 2022 / 6:51 pm

          Video of the lift.

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  3. Cowpie January 9, 2022 / 8:59 am

    The loading of this lift is a joke. Poor line management drives maybe a 60% of capacity utilization. Lift lines are unreasonably long due to poor line management. It’s not a lack of staffing, it’s poor training of the employees who stand by as many chairs load with 2-4 riders. Sorry, but so far this is a marketing gimmick, with similar actual uphill capacity than the old high speed quad. Sure hope they get it together at the base….

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    • Ben January 9, 2022 / 4:49 pm

      Came on here to say the same- lift is gorgeous but in practice is an embarrassment. Old Kanc quad line was downright militant in its organization and ran perfectly, this one is a mess with not a single operator organizing the line. 8 people groups are far too large just to have them merge and hope for the best, everyone in line was remarking about how disorganized it was. It seems like they did not even leave enough room outside the scanner gates for the crowds they are seeing. Or they could just make sure chairs are all loaded and the line wouldnt be so long….

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    • Collin Parsons January 9, 2022 / 5:53 pm

      Clearly the line should be managed, as would be expected at any major lift. When I was there on Saturday I did notice that more chairs had 6-8 people in them than 2-4, so I have to think it’s moving more people than the quad did.

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    • carletongebhardt January 10, 2022 / 4:05 pm

      Chair storage. It’s also quite an impressive building as you drive into the parking lot, so it’s instantly noticeable and not another ho-hum drive terminal. With Mountain biking moving over here, and a new mountain coaster going in, and a planned expansion/refurb/replacement of the lodge there, I think this will become quite a hub of activity.

      Also the glass walls on the lift maze side of the building can be raised to open the building to the patio on warmer days.

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  4. Tijsen March 6, 2022 / 4:32 pm

    I visited loon Saturday and ironically Kanc8 had the shortest lines by far but the operation of it was a complete joke. There was not a single person managing the line so it was a free for all and chairs were being loaded with on average 5 or 6 people. The lift was also stopped constantly. Very cool lift regardless


    • skitheeast March 6, 2022 / 9:38 pm

      They have been going with the free for all model at least every time I have visited. Yes, it seems kind of silly to have an eight-person chair and the result is that most chairs end up around 6. However, it is a more spacious ride, and even with the inefficiencies, the wait times are much lower than the former lift. If long lines actually start to form here, I am sure they would institute proper line management.


  5. Will Partridge March 8, 2022 / 10:00 pm

    Still struggling to wrap my head around why they sprang for a D-Line 8 pack on a lift of less than 4,000 feet. Just throwing away money for a marketing gimmick. A 6 pack would have been fine, or they could have had a midstation at the current top and brought the lift all the way up to Tote Road.

    At least this will put an end to my dad’s jokes about Loon being a Boyne cash cow.
    “Big Sky is getting 2 new 6 packs this year, and at Loon, we’re putting new oil in the Camp III fryolator! Woo!”


  6. Nahms March 9, 2022 / 6:15 am

    The line management issue is likely due to staffing shortages. Loon was only able to hire 80% of the staff that they typically hire in a Winter season, so what you are seeing is simply a lack of staff. Loon is generally really good about managing their lines and filling lifts to capacity. I also think there was a lack of effort to fill the lift to capacity due to COVID. Last season and this season Loon hasn’t packed the gondola cabins or chairs to capacity to keep parties separate.


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