New Hampshire's Waterville Valley Installing New Six-Pack Bubble Lift
New Hampshire's Waterville Valley Resort will replace the 1988 White Peaks Express Quad with a new six-person detachable bubble lift in partnership with MND Ropeways.
This will be one of the largest upcoming lift projects in the Northeast and the first of its kind in the United States. This project will be installed over two construction seasons and will open for the 2022/23 ski season.
“We have developed a strong partnership with MND over the last four years, including the installation of conveyors, a surface lift, and significant snowmaking upgrades and are excited to continue to work with them as a strategic partner for this project,” said Tim Smith, President/General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort. “Replacing our White Peaks lift is the most important project in our investment plan for the existing resort footprint and will continue our work to enhance the guest experience at Waterville Valley Resort.”
The Bartholet six-person bubble features the best technology in the market today and has undergone in-depth testing to ensure that it is the right solution for Waterville Valley Resort. The new chairlift will increase transport capacity to 3,000 people per hour and offer both comfort and reliability with the latest six-person bubble seats Design by Porsche Design Studio. The lift components will provide a much more comfortable guest experience on windy and cold days. The chair, bubble, and lift profile have been specifically designed for the mountain’s location and features, which will make it less susceptible to wind holds.
"This project will expand our position in the U.S. market by building our first detachable ropeway transportation system in the United States,” said Xavier Gallot-Lavallée, Chairman and CEO of MND. “North American resorts are demonstrating their willingness to renew their offerings by investing in safety, comfort and customer experience. Waterville Valley is a perfect example of this approach, and our teams are mobilized to support these developments with our technology and service offerings."