Copper Mountain will replace its key American Eagle chairlift with a combination gondola and Chairlift (aka a ‘chondola’) and upgrade its American Flyer lift to a 6-person high-speed detachable chairlift in time for next winter.
The Colorado resort, and its parent company, POWDR, hope to start work on the new lifts as soon as the season ends, subject to U.S. Forest Service approval.
“Replacing our most popular mountain-access lifts will significantly improve how our guests experience some of the best skiing and riding on Copper Mountain,” said Gary Rodgers, president and general manager of Copper Mountain Resort. “More guests will be able to get up the mountain quicker to enjoy a variety of easy, intermediate and advanced terrain.”
The American Eagle lift, a high-speed quad, will be replaced with a high-speed lift that includes a combination of both 6-person chairs and 8-person gondola cabins. The new lift will increase uphill capacity by over 40 percent.
The high-speed 6-person chair with bubble enclosures that is set to replace the high-speed quad known as the American Flyer lift is designed to offer a more comfortable ride and greatly increase uphill capacity.