Super Bravo Express – Sugarbush, VT

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Bottom terminal at Lincoln Peak.
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View up the line.
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Looking down the line.
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Top terminal from below.
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Return terminal turnaround.
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Breakover towers.
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Riding down.
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View back up the line.
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Arriving at the base.
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Drive terminal and lift line.
View down the lift line in winter.
Middle section of the lift line.
Bottom drive station at the Village.
Worldbook
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.
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4 thoughts on “Super Bravo Express – Sugarbush, VT

  1. Teddy's Lift World February 9, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    This lift has very high hours for its age and has recently been suffering from mechanical issues. It is the workhorse of the mountain. It makes me question if Sugarbush will replace Super Bravo and if so what they would replace it with. I know that they wouldn’t replace it with a six pack as they don’t want to overcrowd the trails.

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    • Collin Parsons February 9, 2019 / 3:44 pm

      Chair size and loading interval are the two factors that affect lift capacity. Super Bravo has a capacity of 2800/hr, achieved by loading 4 people every 5.14 seconds. I consider that the maximum that can be achieved with a quad. Sure there were some designed for 3000 but that means a 4.8 second interval which isn’t practical in most applications. Most lifts designed for it have had chairs removed, the speed turned down, or both. A majority of 6 packs are designed for 3000/hr and have a more comfortable 7.2 second loading interval.

      If Win Smith did not want to increase capacity, then the most likely replacement would be a 6 pack with a capacity of 2800/hr which would load every 7.71 seconds. It’s very rare to see quads built with a capacity over 2400 these days. There’s no reason to with 6 packs readily available that are more efficient at higher capacities.

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      • Teddy's Lift World February 9, 2019 / 4:39 pm

        Another interesting factor that goes into play is that Sugarbush only runs it at 800 fpm or slower. It used to run much faster but it has been slowed down a lot this year. I don’t have a recording of it going full speed but I have ridden it when it was going full speed.

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      • Collin Parsons February 9, 2019 / 6:48 pm

        This lift actually is about 20 chairs short of it’s design capacity. It can carry about 138 chairs and only has 119, so the capacity is closer to 2400. I would still expect a replacement to be about 2800.

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