Instagram Tuesday: Lifted

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

Day one, complete. What a day it was. #iheartwh2o

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Happy Monday from Beaver Creek! _ Photo taken this afternoon by @jresnick215

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Instagram Tuesday: At Sunset

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

Top of Beaver Creek with a nice pink afterglow of light illuminating high clouds after sunset.

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Instagram Tuesday: Home Stretch

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

Lumberjack Shuttle St√ľtzenmontage #shuttleberg #skiamade #bestcrew #doppelmayr #heliaustria

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Instagram Tuesday: Heli Days

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

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Heli operations hoppin' this week, getting the towers in for the new Montezuma Lift! Who got to see the action?

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Instagram Tuesday: New & Old

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

#iga2017 #internationalegartenschau #marzahn #berlin #gärtenderwelt #ropeway #seilbahn

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It's a beautiful day to get out and explore the valley. #hiking #unbeatenpath #sunvalley #sundayfunday

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Copper Mountain Adding Kokomo Express

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Copper Mountain’s Kokomo triple is a 1981 Poma that will be replaced with a new, longer high speed quad this summer.

Powdr Co. has reached a deal with Doppelmayr to build a new Kokomo high speed quad at Copper Mountain, following a recently announced Eldora six-pack¬†for 2017-18. ¬†The new lift will extend downhill of the current triple chair, built in 1981 at Copper Mountain’s West Village. ¬†Kokomo Express will serve 362 vertical feet of dedicated beginner terrain with a four minute ride time, “setting the bar for an exceptional beginner ski and ride experience,” Copper said in a press release today. ¬†The new Kokomo follows on the heels of the Union Creek Express, built in 2011, and two new surface lifts in 2013, all installed by Doppelmayr USA.

Copper also announced implementation¬†of RFID lift access technology at key lifts and a mountain coaster for next season. ¬†‚ÄúThe future is extremely bright for Copper,‚ÄĚ said Gary Rodgers, President and General Manager of Copper Mountain. ‚ÄúThese strategic capital improvements will enhance our product offerings and truly elevate the year-round guest experience at Copper.‚ÄĚ ¬†The Kokomo Express is the seventh lift to be announced at¬†Colorado resorts for this summer. ¬†New lifts will also debut at Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Eldora, Keystone, Vail and Wolf Creek next winter. ¬†The addition of Kokomo means Doppelmayr will build at least 14 North American lifts in 2017; last year the company built 18 in the United States and Canada.

Instagram Tuesday: Fireworks

Happy New Year, Sugarloafers! #theloaf #happynewyear #fireworks #skitheeast

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Ride in style on the new Gondolas between Eagle Mountain and Moose Mountain ūüéŅūüŹā#skiresort

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Top Ten Lifts with the Most Chairs

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The average detachable chairlift has 108 carriers while the average fixed grip lift has 103. ¬†Most people would assume¬†the longest lifts have the most carriers but that’s usually not the case. ¬†One of the reasons is longer spacing¬†on detachable chairlifts and gondolas. ¬†Also many long fixed-grip lifts get designed with lower hourly capacities and bigger spacing to save money. ¬†In fact, only one of the top ten lifts with the most chairs is also among the ten longest. Each of the lifts below has more than 200 chairs and, not surprisingly, all but two are fixed-grips.

  1. Cyclone – Sunrise Park Resort, AZ – 352 Yan triple chairs
  2. West Mountain – Sugarloaf, ME – 280 Borvig double chairs
  3. edited to add later: Town – Park City, UT – 264 CTEC triple chairs
  4. Alpine – Copper Mountain, CA – 218 Yan double chairs
  5. Porcupine – Snowbasin, UT – 212 Stadeli triple chairs
  6. Summit – Attitash, NH – 207 CTEC triple chairs
  7. C-Chair – Breckenridge, CO – 206 Riblet triple chairs
  8. A-Chair – Breckenridge, CO – 206 Riblet triple chairs
  9. Snowflake – Breckenridge, CO – 205 Poma double chairs
  10. Northwest Express – Mt. Bachelor, OR – 204 Doppelmayr quad chairs
  11. American Flyer – Copper Mountain, CO – 203 Poma quad chairs

What about gondolas?  There are a bunch of them that stretch two-plus miles.  Even so, no gondolas come close to making this list.  The Sunshine Village Gondola has the most cabins in North America with approximately 175 CWA Omegas and the Whistler Village Gondola comes in at number two with 160 Sigma Diamond cabins.  The average North American gondola has just 74 cabins.

Now, who can guess which lift has the most towers?

Top Ten Biggest Lifts in North America by VTFH

Vertical transport feet per hour (VTFH) is the best way to measure how lifts move people up mountains.  VTFH combines hourly capacity and vertical rise into one number, usually measured in millions.  Ski Area Management uses this metric each fall when they look at how good of a year it was for the lift-building business.

The second stage of Revelstoke's Revelation Gondola has a VTFH of over 8 million, the highest in North America.
The second stage of Revelstoke’s Revelation Gondola has a VTFH of over 8 million, the highest in North America.

For a lift to score big¬†it has to have a high hourly capacity (think lots of carriers, high speed) and large vertical rise (think big slope length¬†with many¬†towers.) ¬†The¬†Jackson Hole tram has a huge vertical (over 4,000′) but very low capacity so its VTFH is only 2,654,600 – not even in the top 400. ¬†The Peak 2 Peak Gondola has a huge capacity but only rises 119 feet for a dismal VTFH of 243,950. ¬†There are 49¬†lifts in the US and Canada that move enough people high enough to achieve a VTFH over five million. ¬†Below¬†are the top ten.

1. Revelation Gondola Stage II, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia

2007 Leitner-Poma 8-passenger gondola

2,952′ vertical x 2,800 passengers¬†per hour = 8,265,600 VTFH

2. Gold Coast Funitel, Squaw Valley, California

1998 Garaventa CTEC 28-passenger funitel

2,000′ vertical x 4,032 passengers per hour = 8,064,000 VTFH

3. Heavenly Gondola, Heavenly Mountain Resort, California

2000 Doppelmayr 8-passenger gondola

2,874′ vertical x 2,800 passengers per hour = 8,047,200 VTFH

4. Gondola One, Vail Mountain, Colorado

2012 Leitner-Poma 10-passenger gondola

1,996′ vertical x 3,600 passengers per hour = 7,185,600 VTFH

5. Centennial Express, Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado

2014 Doppelmayr 6/10 chondola combination lift

2,102′ vertical x 3,400 passengers per hour = 7,146,800 VTFH

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Top Ten Longest Chairlifts in North America

Lodge lift at The Yellowstone Club is among the world's longest chairlifts.
The Lodge lift at The Yellowstone Club is the 6th longest chairlift in North America at 9,847 feet.

There are 63 chairlifts in the US and Canada that stretch longer than¬†7,000 feet but only four over 10,000′. ¬†Six of the top ten are in the State of Colorado and all but two¬†are detachable quads. ¬†Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops, BC claims the title of the longest fixed-grip chairlift in the world and the only non-detachable among¬†North America’s¬†hundred longest lifts. ¬†A ride on the Burfield Quad takes a painful 21 minutes to go 9,510 feet (and that’s at full speed.) ¬†Below are the top ten longest chairlifts in the US and Canada.

1. Slide Brook Express, Sugarbush, Vermont – 11,012 feet

1995 Doppelmayr Detachable Quad

2. Chile Express, Angel Fire Resort, New Mexico – 10,992 feet

1996 Poma Detachable Quad

3. Sunshine Express, Telluride, Colorado – 10,732 feet

1986 Doppelmayr Detachable Quad

4. Village Express, Snowmass, Colorado – 10,074 feet

2005 Leitner-Poma Detachable Six

5. American Flyer, Copper Mountain, Colorado – 9,907 feet

1986 Poma Detachable Quad

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