If you live in the Killington area and have seen some whirly-bird activity in the last few days its because they have begun replacing the Snowdon chairlift with a 6-Person Bubble chair. If you have the time might be a good reason to grab a growler and binoculars and go on a hike to observe. Here’s the official statement for Killington’s Website:
NEW! SNOWDON 6-PERSON BUBBLE:
What are the benefits of installing a 6-person Bubble Chair?
The bubble shield will protect skiers and riders from wind and weather as they ascend 1,100 vertical feet to the Snowdon Mountain peak. The new 6-person high-speed, bubble chairlift will have a VTFH (vertical transport feet per hour) of 1,231,263 and will have an hourly uphill capacity of 3,000.
Will the new high-speed six pack lift have the same load and unload points as the Snowdon Quad?
We expect the unload to be in the same exact location, however the load may be moved slightly. Exact details on the alignment of the lift will be released at a later time.
The Snowdon Quad has been one of the most reliable lifts during ice related weather events, what’s the plan for bad weather days in the future?
We will be building an enclosed storage barn for the chairs which will keep them out of the elements overnight which should allow us to de-ice this lift quicker than some of our other detachable lifts. The Snowdon Triple will also provide reliable lift service during icy weather.