Ahhh, summer. Usually the time for us to take those long awaited summer vacations and camping trips. While we bust out mountain bikes, golf clubs, and hiking boots, ski resorts are still working hard to make some updates. Come next season, you just might notice some of these updates listed below.
Eagle Express Lift at Solitude Mountain Resort
Eagle Express lift took its final run on May 7th. The Eagle Express was the first high-speed detachable chairlift in all of Utah at its time of installation in 1989. Many fun, cherished memories surround this one chairlift, especially for those that have worked on it over the years, like Solitude’s Director of Lift Operations, Casey Hall and VP of Operations Nate Lee.
So, why replace a beloved chairlift? Well, keeping Eagle Express running could present many future challenges since many aspects of this old lift are now obsolete. That means limited part availability if something were to break.
Eagle Express will be replaced by a modern six-pack this summer, expecting to open next season.
Learn more about Solitude’s Eagle Express Retirement and celebration here:
Amber’s Updates: Eagle Express Retirement
Crest Express Lift at Brighton Resort
If you love Brighton like me, you’re probably more than a little familiar with the Crest Express lift. This summer, old Crest will be upgraded to Crest 6 – Utah’s first 6 person D-line chairlift!
With construction beginning this month, the new Crest 6 will feature some notable changes including a terminal monitor for Brighton Resort updates and a 90-degree loading system with a conveyor. That’s not all – come next summer, the new Crest 6 will serve mountain bikers with three bike clips per chair.
To pair with the Crest 6 lift, Brighton also announced construction of a new mid-mountain restaurant. Sweet!
Follow Brighton Ski Resort socials for further updates throughout the summer:
Red Pine Gondola Cabins at Park City Ski Resort
Expect to see a major upgrade to Park City Ski Resort this summer – all new cabins for the Red Pine Gondola. Currently, this eight passenger lift features 58 cabins with two spares dating back to 1997. All 60 of these cabins will be swapped out with 55 Sigma Diamond cabins from France.
To go along with the new cabins, there will be some re-engineering of towers and terminal rails to provide support for the cabin upgrades. This is definitely going to be an exciting update for those that are fans of the out-of-bounds side of Canyons Village!
Follow Park City for more updates:
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