Breaking through the ribbon on the first chair was: Paul Maitland - Senior Manager Mountain Operations Stratton Mountain Resort; Jeff Cavagnino – Health and Safety Manager Stratton Mountain Resort; Mike Smilko – Finance Manager Stratton Mountain Resort; Tara Herrmann – Mountain Operations Administrative Assistant Stratton Mountain Resort. Photos by Alexandra Malloy/Stratton
Vermont Business Magazine Southern Vermont’s highest peak will debut its new high-speed Snow Bowl Express quad Saturday, January 5. The new lift is the highlight of Stratton Mountain’s $10 million capital plan. First chair will spin at 10 am and those who ride the new Snow Bowl Express will also be able to get first tracks on one of Stratton’s new trails, Mike’s Cut Through.
“Constructing a new lift is an elaborate, in-depth project and the cooperation and coordination needed between every team member is vital,” says Paul Maitland, senior manager of mountain operations at Stratton Mountain. “Despite challenging weather conditions, we’re incredibly excited to debut the Snow Bowl Express and kick 2019 off with enhanced access to some of Stratton’s most storied terrain.”
The project began at the close of last season with the removal of the old lift, which went to neighboring Magic Mountain Ski Area. Work was paused from May 15 to August 1 during the nesting season of the rare Bicknell’s thrush songbird. Once the nesting period passed, work began on pouring the terminal and tower bases. By the beginning of November, Doppelmayr USA had completed the top terminal, lower terminal and flown in all lift towers.
Working with Ecosign, a world leader in creative design solutions, the new high-speed quad is positioned to minimize the impact of wind, with lower towers that hug tree line and a parking rail for the 98 chairs to help combat overnight icing. Uphill lift capacity has increased to 37,528 skiers per hour making Stratton a leader in the state of Vermont for uphill access. Ride time is reduced from 14 to five minutes, allowing skiers and riders to lap a variety of terrain from beginner favorites like the Meadows to more challenging runs like Drifter and Spruce. In addition, the new lift shacks have been crafted of locally sourced wood for a classic Vermont vibe.
“The new Snow Bowl lift has topped our priority list,” says Stratton President and COO Bill Nupp. “This high-speed chairlift will enhance flow, access and reliability.”
About Stratton Mountain Resort: Nestled in the Green Mountains, Stratton Mountain is southern Vermont’s highest peak and boasts 99 trails, and 670 skiable acres. As the birthplace of snowboarding, Stratton Mountain is known for its pristine grooming, snowmaking, and welcoming generations of skiers and riders. With events like the Vermont Open, a celebration of snowboarding, and a world-class musical lineup all year long, Stratton is more than a mountain resort, it’s a year round destination. Just a 4-hour drive from New York City, less than 3 hours from Boston and less than 2 hours from Albany, NY, Stratton is part of the Alterra Mountain Company.
Source: STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT – www.stratton.com. 1.4.2019