2018 New Lifts

This is a list of new lifts likely to be built in North America in the 2018 construction season.  Last updated 2/1/2018.

Blue = Doppelmayr
Yellow = Leitner-Poma
Brown = LST Ropeways
Purple = Partek
Green = Skytrac
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


19 thoughts on “2018 New Lifts

  1. northeastchairlifts May 26, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Kissing bridge is planning a new coal chute chair, in place of the old 1964 Stadeli double removed 2 years ago. Don’t know much about the replacement, but I’ve heard rumors it might be one of the ctecs from Ascunity. Most likely be 2018 or 19


    • Peter Landsman May 27, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Two of the Ascutney CTECs may be going in this summer at Pats Peak, NH and Liberty Mountain, PA. The other went to Crotched Mountain and the fourth is still MIA.


      • northeastchairlifts May 27, 2017 / 8:32 pm

        I heard that one of Pat’s Peak’s CTECs might go there, but it is unconfirmed.


  2. Will June 19, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Did the Mary Jane expansion at Snowbird get postponed?


    • Peter Landsman June 19, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      It’s called Mary Ellen. Snowbird has made no announcements so I took it off the list for now. I could see a Mineral six-pack going in 2018 with the Mary Ellen gondola and chairlift following another year. We’ll have to wait and see.


  3. Jonathan Pierce October 19, 2017 / 10:09 am

    I heard that Loveland Ski Area is looking to replace Lift 1 soon with a triple or a High speed quad by Leitner Poma.


  4. Henry Rodgers December 3, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Why would Crystal Mountain (WA) replace Discovery and Gold Hills. Gold Hills is barely used, and Discovery works fine as a beginner lift… I get that they’re old, but shouldn’t they focus on projects that actually help lift capacity?


    • Peter Landsman December 4, 2017 / 6:29 am

      Crystal Mountain doesn’t really have a capacity problem (at least a lift capacity one.) Both of these lifts start in strange spots so that may be part of it. Gold Hills, Discovery and Quicksilver are also going to be used for night skiing again starting this season. The master plan calls for a detachable Discovery but my guess would be two Skytrac quads in new alignments.

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      • Henry Rodgers December 4, 2017 / 7:12 pm

        Ah, that would make more sense. I would say the only lifts that have bad lines during peak periods are Forest Queen & Green Valley, but one’s already a six-pack and the other is relatively new (compared to Rainier and others). I can understand that they would want better lifts for night skiing (Discovery is quite slow at least when I see it from the base…), but it seems almost easier just to install lights on Chinook and maybe Forest Queen. I do agree that they don’t really have too much of a lift capacity problem (at least compared to the wreck that is Stevens lines), and I’d say their only capacity issues are Food (lodges are always packed, especially Campbell), though that could be fixed with the conversion of Summit House into a lodge (not really much space up there though…). I’m probably not an expert on what they need, and it does kind of make sense to fix the old lifts down low, though I’d like to see them focus on things like more Gondola Cabins, planning for an inevitable Rainier replacement, getting Kelly’s Gap or some sort of parking lift sped up, and of course expanded Snowmaking and possible expansion of Night Skiing to Chinook and Forest Queen. Do you know the timeline on some of those?


  5. Andrew January 1, 2018 / 11:55 pm

    Is Whistler Blackcomb going for a D-Line or just a regular 10 MGD?


  6. Cvs January 4, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    Did the Stagecoach resort near steamboat get canceled? I thought Doppelmayr was doing a FG and HSQ there next summer.


    • Peter Landsman January 4, 2018 / 6:25 pm

      I haven’t seen any updates recently so removed it from the 2018 list for now.


  7. Andrew January 31, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    According to the Gold Hill page, Discovery and Gold Hills are just going to have their bases relocated. “2018 – Relocate base of Discovery and Gold Hill lifts; install 350’ of Beginner Carpet to base of lifts. The page also mentions several other projects that may come in the near future. “2021 – Kelly’s Gap Lift (B Lot to Right Angle Ridge above base of Green Valley Lift)

    Other projects up for consideration: Bullion Basin lift, Restaurant in Green Valley, Replacing Rainier Express, Underground Locker Room. (Crystal Mountain plans subject to change with fluctuations in weather and market demand.)”

    I don’t know if you have a confirmation from Crystal about the replacement of Gold Hills and Discovery, but I would assume this is pretty reliable since this is the official Gold Hill page. Here’s the link: http://www.goldhillcrystal.com/history/


    • Peter Landsman February 3, 2018 / 7:46 pm

      I took these projects off the list for now while we wait and see what Crystal does. By all accounts, they are having a fantastic season and a new lift or two would be awesome.


  8. Jonathan February 8, 2018 / 9:13 am

    Will Lovelands Lift 1’s chairs be sold to the public?


    • Collin February 8, 2018 / 10:57 am

      Depends on whether it’s being scrapped or relocated. There have been many Yan triples that were relocated, but 1981 might be a bit too old.


  9. Collin February 15, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    I saw on Lifties of the World Unite that South Ridge will be Leitner Poma.


    • Peter Landsman February 15, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      That might be sourced from New England Ski Industry, which I would take with a grain of salt. There are arguments to be made for L-P, Skytrac or Dopp on this one.


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