2016 New Lifts

This is an archived list of new lifts built in North America during the 2016 construction season. Last updated 12/12/2017.

Blue = Doppelmayr
Yellow = Leitner-Poma
Green = Skytrac
Brown = LST Ropeways
Purple = Partek
Gray = Re-installations (used lifts)
Red = To be announced

CL= Chairlift
G = Gondola
SL = Surface lift
D = Detachable
F = Fixed-grip
M = Monocable
P = Pulse

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37 thoughts on “2016 New Lifts

  1. Alex January 27, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    Rumor at Squaw is that the Red Dog Six Pack is a go for this summer. It will be a LPOA with 2400 PPH.

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    • Peter Landsman January 28, 2016 / 10:09 am

      I added it to the list, please let me know if you see an official announcement Alex.

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      • Michael April 15, 2016 / 11:11 am

        Squaw still has not extended their permit for the red dog project with the county. I do not think it will happen this year and they will shift their focus towards the gondola until it is completed.

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      • Peter Landsman April 15, 2016 / 3:31 pm

        Thanks for the update Michael, I’ve removed it from the list for now.

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  2. Michael April 7, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Looks like Caledon Ski Club in Ontario is replacing an old BM Lifts Triple with a new Doppelmayr FGQ.

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    • Peter Landsman April 7, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Thanks for the info Michael, I’ve added it to the list. Doppelmayr sure is cleaning up in Canada. Would not be surprised if it has to do with the exchange rate of late (Doppelmayr manufactures mostly in Canada.)

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  3. Somebody... April 9, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    I live near Stratton and the rumors are that Snowbowl will be replaced this summer or next summer. No clue if LP or doppelmayr yet, but looking forward to that terrain being skiable on weekends without waiting three hours in the gondi/Amex line.

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    • Somebody... April 9, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Oh, and nobody knows if Six-pack or Quad yet. The Rumors are a bit lacking of proof and farfetched right now, but there is a decent chance most of them will happen.

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    • Peter Landsman April 10, 2016 / 8:46 am

      I don’t see this happening in 2016 with this year’s ‘winter’ in Vermont, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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      • Somebody... April 10, 2016 / 3:33 pm

        Yeah, this was a pretty trashy winter for Vermont, but then again, Intrawest probably has the $ for the lift upgrade because they own Winter Park and Steamboat. Even if Vermont had a great winter this year, it would still be unlikely though, because Stratton has knocking down and rebuilding liftline lodge above/the same place on its priority list as snowbowl.

        My guess is next year or the year after.

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  4. Joe April 26, 2016 / 7:29 am

    NC State fair lift is a Partek

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    • Peter Landsman April 26, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks Joe. That leaves just Steamboat and Vail we’re unsure about.

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  5. Greg May 9, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    So Steamboat is getting a Doppelmayr and Vail is getting Leitner Poma?

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    • Peter Landsman May 9, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Correct. Steamboat’s last Doppelmayr was built in 1997 and Vail’s last L-P in 2012.

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      • somebody... May 24, 2016 / 5:27 pm

        That’s very surprising. I don’t think Intrawest in several years. Vail might just not like the LP six-pack (Would make sense, I think the omega carrier is meant to be a quad or less and not a six. The design just doesn’t fit for 6-packs. Personal opinion).

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  6. Somebody... May 28, 2016 / 11:35 am

    http://www.snowsbest.com/big-changes-ahead-for-telluride-colorado/

    Telluride is getting some changes. If you don’t want to watch the video, here are the upgrades mentioned:
    Lift 10 (Sunshine express, 1986 dopplemayr HSQ) to be replaced by 10/8 person gondola (Manufacturer unknown)
    Lift 9 (Plunge, 1986 CTEC triple) to be replaced by a HSQ (Manufacturer unknown, I suspect they might move Lift 10 here though)
    Lift 7 (Coonskin, 1972 SLI/Riblet double) to be replaced (Probably moving plunge over here would make sense, they both are about 5,000 feet)
    Lift 8 (Oak Street, 1975 Vintage SLI relocated in 1985) to be replaced (It’s insanely short and not used much, I personally think it could just be removed or kept as an antique).

    As for manufacturers, probably LP. Telluride’s last Dopp was 01′ and last LP was 09.’ They got new ownership in 05′

    Sunshine either needs to be moved or removed. I doubt they can keep the thing running for another 25 years without buying stray parts. Plunge has lots of life left in it and should be moved to either Lift 7 or 8.

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    • Peter Landsman May 28, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Interesting, I hadn’t seen this. Replacing 7, 8 and 9 is long overdue. And Sunshine Express is one of the longest high speed quads out there so that’s not terribly surprising either.

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      • Somebody... May 28, 2016 / 5:13 pm

        It will be sad to see 7 and 8 go. Hopefully they get reused somewhere else.

        Sunshine express has tons of downloading also. Telluride has a big beginner area at the top that is almost completely flat above it:

        And lots of the brand new beginners can not ski down to the base so they have to download. Every time somebody gets on to download at the top or gets off at the bottom the lift needs to stop. It ends up being a 12-15 minute ride, and most of the time it just seems like a better idea to take up Village and Polar Queen to get to Prospect. A gondola would be great here. Use the EJ carriers on Plunge HSQ and maybe have some left to upgrade Apex to a FGQ (Even though it’s double length of Plunge, it only has 1,800 Capacity).

        I’m surprised nothing around lift 6 got announced. Probably is too short (about 3,000 feet long with 1,137 foot vertical rise).

        Lift 9 might have the best terrain I’ve ever skied. The trouble is when the only lift servicing it stops every 15 seconds and takes 12 minutes with no stops.

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  7. Michael June 15, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    3 L-P’s in Ontario-
    Center Island / Beasley Amusement, ON-CL2
    Mt. Pakenham, ON- CL4 “Polar Bear Express”
    Horseshoe Valley, ON- DCL 6

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  8. Patrick June 20, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Isn’t Mont Tremblant replacing the 1988 Doppelmayr Soleil quad? I thought I had read that the were. They will probably go with Doppelmayr as the factory is 100 km down the road near Montreal

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    • Peter Landsman June 20, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      My go-to source for all things Quebec is ZoneSki.com and I haven’t seen anything there. I have an email in to Tremblant so we’ll see what they say.

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    • Peter Landsman June 22, 2016 / 12:09 pm

      “Bonjour Peter, Thank you for taking the time to write to us. Unfortunately there is no new lift at Tremblant this year.”

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  9. Patrick June 25, 2016 / 5:16 am

    I now know where I had heard this. Skiresort.info had that info on the Mt. Tremblant page. Perhaps I should have been more suspicious as the same site has also been saying that Blue Mountain in Ontario will be adding a 6 pack to the L-Hill slope for the last 3 years

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  10. pp492 December 9, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Wilmot’s new lifts s/b 2,3,6

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  11. northeastchairlifts May 26, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Sugarbush’s Valley House quad was left out of this list.

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