Okemo Sunburst Six
From a ‘flying sofa’ heated bubble to one of the world’s last surviving single chairs, skiers and riders have every way imaginable to get up the Green Mountain State’s slopes.
With new chairlifts at Stratton Mountain Resort, Magic Mountain and the brand-new Snowdon Six Express at Killington Resort, the Green Mountain State is in the golden age of “get up to get down.”
“Lifts are so important to your ski day, and how you access the terrain,” says Stratton Mountain's Myra Foster, where 22 years ago, the first high-speed six-passenger lift in the eastern U.S. took flight.
The installation of Killington’s Snowdon Six Express is aimed at shortening lift lines across the resort allowing the old Snowdon Quad to be refurbished and relocated to South Ridge. Now, skiers and riders can spread out and navigate the mountain faster and more efficiently.
Magic Mountain’s new Green Chair melds old-school charm with long-needed access to less difficult terrain for younger or less experienced skiers and riders, according to President Geoff Hatheway.“It’s the first new chairlift to be installed here since the 1980s and it has a beautiful, classic look to it that will be enjoyed by our growing ski community for generations to come.”
Magic Mountain Green Chair
Vermont’s special place in lift history and lore remains very much intact, thanks to Mad River Glen’s iconic single chairlift – one of only two single chairs left in operation in the country – and the oldest continually-running rope tow in the U.S. at Northeast Slopes.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Mount Snow's Bluebird Express lift and Okemo Resort's Sunburst Six – a high-speed six-pack with a protective bubble and heated bench keep skiers comfortable and dry on the way up the mountain. Okemo's Bonnie Macpherson says, “The Sunburst Six was a real game changer for Okemo. Skiers and riders were drawn to the comfort of our new ‘flying sofa...They often joke about what the next bubble accoutrements will be ... cup holders? TV screens? Surround sound? Only the future will tell.”