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Vail Resorts, Inc. announced several on-mountain projects planned for the 2022-23 North American ski and ride season in what the Company says will be its "largest single-year investment into the guest experience."
Vail will install 19 new chairlifts, including 12 high-speed lifts, a new 8-person high-speed gondola, and six new fixed-grip lifts as part of a $315 million to $325 million capital investment plan for 2022, including three projects planned for Vermont ski resorts.
According to the Company's press release, projects will reduce wait times, increase uphill capacity and create more lift-served terrain.
Vail is calling the project the Epic Lift Upgrade that will double how fast skiers can be moved out of the base areas at some resorts.
Here are the improvements to Vermont resorts:
Stowe Mountain Resort, Mountain Lift: The replacement and extension of the existing fixed-grip triple to a high-speed 6-person lift will increase uphill capacity by 100%, eliminate the steep hike to the base of the lift, improve reliability on windy days and offer beginner and intermediate guests with better access to lower-level terrain choices.
Mount Snow, Sundance/Tumbleweed Lift: The replacement of two fixed-grip triples with one high-speed 6-person lift will improve access to underutilized terrain and alleviate pressure on other lifts in the main base area, increasing uphill capacity by nearly 70%.
Mount Snow, Sunbrook Lift: A new high-speed 4-person chair to replace the existing fixed-grip triple will significantly decrease the current 14-minute ride time by approximately 30% and better utilize the Sunbrook terrain.
"All of these projects for the 2022-23 season are on top of the big improvements we will have ready this upcoming 2021-22 ski and ride season, which we cannot wait to unveil to guests in just a few months," said a company spokesperson.