Heated Chair Lift to Debut At Utah Ski Resort

Posted Sep 7th 2010 10:29 AMUpdated Sep 7th 2010 06:15 PM


Skiers at The Canyons in Park City, Utah will have the luxury of cushy tushies, thanks to what's being billed as the first heated bubble chair lift in North America.

With features that include heated seats, the quad bubble lift encloses pampered skiers in clear orange plastic. Resort officials say it's one of the most technologically advanced ski lifts in the world, created for comfort and optimum visibility.

But why the orange? "The weather protecting orange bubble will evoke the feeling of being inside a pair of ski goggles," officials say in a press release.

The bubble lift is located just outside the resort's Grand Summit Hotel and will take skiers to the mid-mountain Lookout Peak, then continue uphill to just south of the current Sun Peak lift.

On a practical note, the resort says the lift increases capacity from the base-mountain by 47% and will allow skiers to get to the top of the mountain in 9 minutes.

The state-of-the-art lift debuts this ski season as part of an expansion that also includes the addition of a second new chairlift, a new gondola and 300 acres of expanded terrain at The Canyons, Utah's largest ski resort.

Photo courtesy of The Canyons Resort
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September 22 2010 at 2:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a weird, waste of capital improvement dollars IMHO. Unless one intends to stay on that same chair the whole day wouldn't it just make all of the other chairlifts at The Crayons seem, well...inferior to the fancy, orange-glow, bubble-shielded, heated one?

We've already got high-tech outdoor fabrics that keep us from freezing whilst simultaneously wisking away perspiration should we get too toasty, heated boots, gloves, goggles, cushy padded seats, people-movers so we don't have to walk all the way from the ticket window to the lifts in those clunky ski boots, conveniently placed bars to rest our legs from those heavy skis, specialty skis for every type of terrain and snow condition, lift rides flinging us to the top twice as fast as last century's technology, bubbles to protect us from pesky snowflakes (what IS UP with all that snow at a ski resort, anyhow?), safety bars to prevent us from falling out of the chair if we drift off to sleep, sensors to stop the entire lift lest we be too groggy and forget to disengage all the safety equipment and actually get up out of our lazy-boy loungers to ski.

And now, temperature-controlled butts.

I've got an idea. If skiing is becoming too inconvenient and you need apres-ski on the lifts, why don't you buy me a pass, I'll do all that uncomfortable chair riding and skiing for you, and you can stay right there in the lodge.

September 09 2010 at 1:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So, why not just go somewhere that has totally enclosed telecabin lifts if you're such a wuss that you can't handle the ride up on a chairlift? Or, better yet, stay home!

September 09 2010 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 08 2010 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Make bigger wussies out of all of us.. If you don't like the cold stay out of my way.

September 08 2010 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kiss my ice cold butt. I don't mind the cold but if I can be more comfortable and relaxed on the ride up i will have a better run.

September 08 2010 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply