New Skyline Lift to Open at Sugarloaf on Saturday

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 14, 2011 2:07 pm

As part of Sugarloaf Resort’s ten-year development plan, Sugarloaf 2020, the new Skyline chairlift will officially open to the public at 12pm on Saturday, December 17 after months of planning and extensive testing. To celebrate the opening the resort will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the base of the lift, and the first 100 riders on the new chair will receive a one-of-a-kind, commemorative Skyline t-shirt.

As a way to give back to the community, Sugarloaf Resort auctioned off the first four official seats on the new lift over the summer, with the proceeds going to benefit four different local non-profit organizations: the Sugarloaf Charity Summit, the Western Maine Center for Children, the Sugarloaf Ski Club, and Carrabassett Valley Academy.

The new lift, which was manufactured and installed by Dopplemayr at a cost of roughly $3 million, is a state-of-the-art fixed-grip quad and follows the same path as the old Spillway East lift. Skyline was designed to be as wind-resistant as possible, with shorter towers, heavier chairs, and several hundred feet of wind-fencing.

“This is great news for Sugarloafers everywhere,” said John Diller, Sugarloaf General Manager. “With the new Skyline Quad, skiers and riders will enjoy greater uphill capacity and reliable access to some of Sugarloaf’s most unique and storied terrain. This is a big step in our Sugarloaf 2020 plan and our crew worked hard all summer to keep things on schedule, so it’s very exciting to finally see it come to life.”

The new quad features a conveyor loading system, which will improve the lift loading experience, reduce lift stoppage time, and allow the lift to run at speeds of up to 500 feet per minute, making it the fastest fixed-grip lift on the market. The new lift travels 3,746 feet, rises 1,457 vertical feet, features a total of 16 towers, and is powered by a 400 horsepower motor. An additional 400 horsepower Cummins Diesel engine serves as a backup.

The presence of this new, high-capacity quad is expected to rebalance the flow of uphill traffic on the mountain, thus reducing pressure on other lifts and decreasing lift lines across the mountain during peak times.

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