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Welcome to Maine Lift!

Last site activity: October 16th, 2018

Hello and welcome to Maine Lift! My name is Kai. I have a huge passion for skiing and I am very interest in ski lifts and the ski industry. I have finished creating a database with statistics and pictures of every ski lift in Maine.

I am now keeping a blog about what’s going on in Maine, lifts and all. If a bigger event based on lifts happens outside of Maine, they can also be seen in the blog by scrolling down below this page.

On every 20th of the month, I do a photos post. This is me sharing my favorite recent lift photos from around the world. For a chance to be featured, tag @maine.lift on your Instagram posts.

Please add your comments or contact me for more info.  Thanks for visiting mainelift.com! I hope to see you again!

Kai Glidden

Vermont’s Killington Fires up the Guns

Earlier today, Killington fired up their snow guns. Once again they are the first to make snow and will also be the first to open (if conditions allow).

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Today.  Credit: Killington Resort

The North Ridge area is now the main focus for snowmaking as this will be the first area to open to the public. Superstar also has guns blowing preparation for the November World Cup races according to newenglandskiindustry.com.

Killington lift tickets are now on sale until October 18th. During this sale, you can save up to 45% on day passes. With a new lift from Leitner-Poma, trail improvements, RFID ticketing and more, it sounds like Killington is becoming an even bigger east coast premier resort.

Next up: Sunday River (if weather allows).

Big Sky 2025 in Action

One of the worlds most technologically advanced lifts is really beginning to take shape over in Montana. Teams from Doppelmayr, Big Sky Resort and Timberline Helicopters mad 71 trips to haul hundreds of thousands of pounds of steel up the mountain. After 6 and a half hours of work, the huge towers stood above everyone on site.

This addition is a huge jump in the American ski industry.  If you weren’t aware, this is the first eight-passenger chairlift in North America. Here are some more interesting facts about it:

  • The lift features the first Austrian-manufactured tapered towers in the U.S.
  • The tallest tower, number 6, reaches 73 feet into the sky, with 30 yards of concrete at its base.  The tube alone came in four sections designed to be carried by Black Hawk helicopters.
  • The first D-Line lift in all American skiing.
  • The only Doppelmayr direct drive lift in North America, increasing efficiency and decreasing noise.
  • It features a height-adjustable loading carpet to load small children safely.
  • The only fully-automated indoor carrier parking system in the USA.  It’s one button!
  • The largest display screen ever seen on the lift terminal (30 feet by 10 feet).
  • It has the brand new Doppelmayr Connect control system.
  • The chairs weigh 2,500 pounds, before even being loaded.
  • The first lift in the United States with auto-locking safety bars.

You can check out the action for yourself on Big Sky’s webcams, showing the construction from two different views.

This lift is truly an amazing piece of art. If you ever get a chance to ride it, do it.

All images credit Big Sky Resort.

September 20th – PHOTOS #6

There are currently 20 operating ski areas in the state of Maine. So, on the 20th of every month, I post a few of my favorite recent lift photos from around the world. This month I’ve chosen 7 photos from Instagram to share with you.

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Can you guess the lift? #welovesnow

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The Ikon Pass Continues to Grow

The Ikon Pass continues to grow this week adding 7 new resorts around North America and extending the days at a few eastern resorts. Earlier this week they announced that Taos, Solitude, and Brighton would be joining them for the 2018/19 ski season. Each mountain proudly posted that they would be joining this growing pass:

Just this morning Ikon welcomed 4 more resorts. Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, The Summit at Snoqualmie, and Cypress Mountain. These 4 resorts are all owned and operated by Boyne Resorts.

This morning they also announced that Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Loon would now get up to 7 days at each mountain, instead of the original 7 days between the three resorts. Each mountain posted something similar to this:

@ikonpass is “not done yet” as said in their Instagram story just about an hour ago. Tomorrow they will be announcing one more resort that is joining their pass.

This pass just keeps growing and getting better. 34 destinations becoming 35 tomorrow, it doesn’t get much better than this. And while this pass is starting at only $699 for adults, it beats the season pass price at many of the ski areas around the country.

August 20th – PHOTOS #5

There are currently 20 operating ski areas in the state of Maine. So, on the 20th of every month, I post a few of my favorite recent lift photos from around the world. This month, I’ve chosen 7 photos from Instagram to share with you.

Multi-Year Lift Installations? – New England

During the 2018 offseason, lift construction has been proceeding at some mountains, while being delayed at others.

 

Snow Bowl Quad – Stratton     //     Black Triple Chair – Magic

The Black Chair at Magic Mountain in Vermont has plans to be replaced this summer by Stratton’s old Snow Bowl Quad, but it is now questionable whether this project will be completed in time. As of now, Magic has the Snow Bowl Quad on site, but the Black Chair is still standing due to late permitting. The $900,000 project is in the middle of the Vermont Act 250 process. If Magic is unable to obtain a permit soon, it will keep the Black Triple in service for another winter.


Ascutney Outdoors acquired a used 1987 Doppelmayr T-Bar last winter. The non-profit group has been stuck in the Vermont Act 250 permitting process for months now. The group now has to wait until August 27 to see if a hearing will be required in order to get a permit for the $100,000 project. It is currently unknown if this project will be finished for the 2018-19 ski season.


 

Old High Country Double  //  New High Country T-bar

Waterville Valley started construction on the new LST T-bar last fall, but has been delayed in the recent months. Waterville only has a few months out of the year when they can construct at elevation due to Bicknell’s Thrush bird restrictions. The High Country T-bar is still expected to open for the 2018-19 ski season, providing a faster lift that can operate on windier days.


At Bretton Woods, Stratton, Killington, and the Green Chair at Magic, all lift projects are scheduled to finish in time for this winter. Unfortunately, no new lifts will be installed in Maine this year.

8/17/18 UPDATE – The new Killington 6-pack will feature blue bubbles.