For the first time since 2019, a new chairlift is coming soon to Copper Mountain Resort.
Yesterday, Copper announced in a press release that they will be replacing the Timberline Express in the summer of 2024. The high-speed quad chairlift will be replaced by a high-speed six-pack chairlift, which is being supplied by Leitner-Poma. The new chairlift will increase capacity and access to the Western Territory, which features some of Copper’s best-groomed terrain. This six-pack will have a vertical rise of 1,129 feet, a length of 4,825 feet, and an uphill capacity of around 3,000 riders per hour. This new lift is expected to open during the 2024-25 season. A replacement for the Lumberjack chairlift is also planned in the near future, but the timeline has yet to be officially announced.
Dustin Lyman, who is the President & General Manager of Copper, described the importance of this new chairlift:
“The Timberline Express Chairlift services some of the most popular intermediate terrain. With the introduction of a 6-pack high-speed lift, we are boosting uphill capacity significantly, effectively reducing wait times and granting skiers and riders quicker access to one of our most treasured mountain areas. This upgrade will undoubtedly be a game-changer for Copper Mountain.”
In terms of what’s coming for the 2023-24 season, Copper will be spending the most money on improvements in over a decade. These plans include a new mid-mountain lodge, ski trail upgrades, new snowmaking equipment, a new childcare facility for workers and locals, expansion of the Far East parking lot, upgrades to their heated sidewalks setup, more snowcats, and two new busses to Copper’s COBUS lineup. Copper’s opening date, which was also announced yesterday, is set for November 13th.
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