Madonna – Smugglers’ Notch, VT

The iconic Madonna double climbs more than 2,000 vertical feet and has 37 towers.
Loading at tower 1.
There is a vault drive on the floor below.
View up from the base area.
In 2002, Doppelmayr CTEC replaced the large counterweight tensioning carriage and bullwheel with a compact hydraulic model.
View down from the summit.
Breakover towers.
Top station overview.
Steep upper part of the lift line.
Mid-station unload for intermediate skiers.
Lower part of the line.
Middle section of the lift.
The entire line seen from the base lodge.

5 thoughts on “Madonna – Smugglers’ Notch, VT

  1. Northeast Chairlifts January 31, 2019 / 10:48 am

    I noted that the midstation is actually pretty much useless, because it only serves blue trails, but there is also at least one blue trail off the top. I never got off at the mid unload once. The only reason I would see it being useful is to have a short run.

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    • conradmward March 23, 2019 / 7:06 pm

      I rode up the lift with a guy who said that when he was a kid, the one time him and his friends would use the mid-station was to time the last chair as best as possible, getting off around 3:55 and getting back on around 3:59 to ride to the top!


      • reaperskier March 23, 2019 / 7:12 pm

        How many chairs does this lift have? I’m guessing over 200.


  2. Northeast Chairlifts January 31, 2019 / 10:51 am

    operating speed (the day i filmed it): 530 fpm
    ride time: 12:45


  3. Collin Parsons March 11, 2019 / 10:13 pm

    If you watch Northeast Chairlifts’ recording, you’ll notice all the lettered towers. I do not believe these were part of the original build of the lift. They were most likely added later to lower the line height and allow operation in higher winds. When the return was replaced, it looks like the breakover was also lowered for the same reason.


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