If you’re catching the last few weeks of the epic Mammoth Mountain snow you might notice that somethings wrong with Chair 5. As an avid skier at Mammoth Mountain I know that when a powder day hits there is nothing worse than waiting on the slow rickety Chair 5 to reach the highest powder possible before the top opens. The rumor has it that no longer will we have to wait 6:45 minutes to reach the top of Chair 5. With the instillation of a new high speed quad replacing the old Chair 5 triple (pictured below) skiers and snowboarders will be able to quickly ascend the mountain. The old chair is said to have been purchased by Mount Baldy where it will be replacing the main lower lift.
But wait it gets better. After doing a little more research I found that the Chair 5 base is also supposedly moving as seen in rumors on a Mammoth Forum page . Big changes are on the way. The chair base will be moving closer to the bottom of Coyote, which means it would be much easier to get from Chair 3 (Face Lift) to Chair 5. It would also make it much easier to get from Mill Cafe area to Canyon because people can now use Chair 5 instead of Chair 10 (Gold Rush Express) when coming from the stop of Chair 2 (Stump Alley) area.
Why does this change make a huge difference? If you’re like me you try to avoid Chair 5 simply because the 6:45 minutes it takes often seem better spent skiing than sitting. Now I won’t have to give up my time because it will be faster than ever. It will also enable the lines on Chair 10 (Gold Rush) to shorten, it will allow an alternative route back to Canyon Lodge and Eagle Lodge. Yet we have to stop and ask do the new changes mean more beginner skiers and snowboarders on Chair 5? Hopefully not, but we will have to wait and see.
So whether your trying to make the most of your time on the mountain, or simply want more options on how to get back to Canyon or Eagle Lodge the changes to Chair 5 are definately something to get excited about.