Slide Brook Express – Sugarbush, VT

Slide Brook is the longest chairlift in the world at just over 11,000 feet. It connects two mountains and has a net vertical rise of less than 400′.
Loading area on the Lincoln end.
Tension station at Mt. Lincoln.
This is approximately towers 30-40.
Another view of the Mt. Lincoln section.
The drive station at Mt. Ellen.
Depression towers 1 and 2.
Mt. Ellen station.
View towards Lincoln Peak at tower 8.
Drive station seen from above.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

12 thoughts on “Slide Brook Express – Sugarbush, VT

  1. Northeast Chairlifts November 20, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    This was closed the day we went here so we had to take a shuttle.


    • Max Hart November 20, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      The biggest problem with this lift is that there needs to be sufficient snow underneath it so that ski patrol can evacuate it should anything go wrong.


      • Northeast Chairlifts November 20, 2017 / 6:21 pm

        Yeah. The only easy thing to do is use a passenger snowcat.


      • Collin November 20, 2017 / 6:42 pm

        I wonder how any mountain runs lifts in the summer then if they have to have snow under it to evac. Couldn’t they use atv’s to get around if there wasn’t snow? Whiteface runs their gondola all summer and the line is really steep and hard to get to. IMO you can’t advertise it as one ski area if you have to take a bus between the sections.


      • Collin November 20, 2017 / 6:50 pm

        In my opinion saying they need snow under the lift to do an evac is an excuse for not running it to save money. Would’ve edited this into my previous comment but there’s no way to edit or delete comments.

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      • Max Hart November 20, 2017 / 6:51 pm

        The problem with Slide Brook is that it spends 11000 feet in no-mand’s land. If there was developed terrain that is easily accessible via snowcat or ATV, then the “must have sufficient snow below the lift line for evacuations” rule probably doesn’t apply. I have never ridden White Face’s Gondola, but do you know if it has some kind of special evacuation system? Red Pine at Park City has Poma’s Poma-Bus evacuation system for this purpose (to my understanding). I’m not sure if the “must have sufficient snow below the lift line for evacuations” applies to Whiteface’s Gondola, or if it is just a rule unique to Sugarbush and the Slide Brook Express due to its remoteness.


      • Collin November 20, 2017 / 7:08 pm

        Look up the lift on New England Ski History and you’ll see multiple pics dated 2004 showing the lift open with zero snow underneath on the south facing sections of the line. Clearly wasn’t an issue then, so unless some regulation changed, the reason they are telling you it doesn’t open and the actual reason it doesn’t open are different.


      • Max Hart March 19, 2018 / 4:38 pm

        From Remontees-Mecaniques: “The Slide Brook Express is theoretically open seven days a week. However, it is the most often closed ski area device as there are many opening restrictions due to the length of the facility and the constraints to it. vertical evacuation. Thus, the device is not open in case of bad weather, or in case of too windy day and also too cold, or in case of low snow because the evacuation is provided only with snowy ground. Note that regardless of whether or not the connection is operational, shuttles connect both sides of the ski area.”


      • Collin March 19, 2018 / 7:29 pm

        They’re just regurgitating what marketing/PR tells people. The whole snow requirement might be a more recent thing as there are multiple pictures on the internet of that lift running without snow underneath it. Even if all that stuff is true with the weather related restrictions, it doesn’t change the fact that Sugarbush is too cheap to run their own shuttle between the base areas and instead just refers you to the local public bus that only runs once every hour and makes dozens of stops between the base areas and takes well over half an hour to complete the trip. If you drive yourself over you’d lose your parking spot which could be a big deal if you got there early on a busy day. They just don’t think they need to run it or provide a good alternative because many people just ski one side or the other on a given day and don’t go between. I really want to get to Sugarbush, but I don’t plan on doing that unless this lift is open and connecting the two mountains.


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