Okemo Mountain Resort is investing $6.9 million into a new, high-speed, six-pack bubble chairlift with heated seats – the first of its kind in North America.
The new lift, built by Leitner-Poma, will carry 113 chairs at a speed of 1,000 feet per minute delivering skiers and riders to the summit of Okemo Mountain in just 6.4 minutes.
The new six seater will be outfitted with heated seating pads and retractable acrylic domes to protect passengers from the harsh Vermont wind and weather. The plans for the new lift also include the construction of a heated barn at the base of the new lift. The barn will store the six-pack chairs overnight allowing for a reduction of lift-opening delays as well as ice and snow free chairs.
The new six-pack bubble chair will replace Okemo’s Northstar Express lift and is scheduled to begin operation this December.