Loon Mountain Resort today announced the installation of an eight-place, high-speed bubble chairlift—the first anywhere in the eastern United States and only the second in North America, for the 2020/21 ski season. The Doppelmayr lift will showcase the manufacturer’s new D-Line technology, making it the most technologically advanced lift ever installed in the East and one that will provide unrivaled speed and comfort for skiers.
"The Kancamagus 8 chairlift will be a leap into the future of skiing for our guests,” said Jay Scambio, president and general manager of Loon Mountain Resort. “We are committed to bringing the latest advancements to our guests—this lift is the next example of that, following our first-in-the-world dual-frequency RFID installation.”
The chairlift project was unveiled to local and regional stakeholders and members of the media as part of the resort’s 10-year plan, presented by Scambio earlier today at a community meeting. The state-of-the-art, eight-place chairlift will replace the Kancamagus Express Quad, which was the most advanced of its kind when originally installed at Loon in 1995.
Each of the 62 chairs on the Kancamagus 8 will feature eight heated, ergonomically designed, and extra-wide seats and tinted bubbles. This ultra-smooth, whisper-quiet ride will move at a speed of 18 feet per second, delivering skiers to the top in under 4.5 minutes. The lift will also be equipped with the most advanced safety features of any in North America, including auto-locking restraining bars, individual footrests and height-adjustable conveyor loading which also increases efficiency in transporting guests of all sizes.
Mark Bee, president of Doppelmayr USA said, “We have a deep, long-standing relationship with both Loon and Boyne Resorts and are proud to be a part of a major step forward in the eastern ski scene that puts Loon on a path towards achieving its goal of having one of the most advanced lift systems in the world.”
Kancamagus 8 is the first of many milestones charted in Flight Path: 2030, Loon’s 10-year growth and improvement plan. The plan defines four pillars that will guide historically unprecedented capital investments over the next decade: 1) Elevate the Ski Experience, 2) Excel in Every Season, 3) Connect the Community, and 4) Grow Responsibly, Inside & Out. “Loon’s 10-year plan will have a positive impact on development throughout the Lincoln and Woodstock communities—as we travel together on our path to be New England’s premier mountain destination,” said Scambio.