New chairlifts are all the rage this winter.
Among the installations, Attitash Mountain Resort has replaced the East and West Double-Double chairlifts with a fixed-grip, four person chair. Sunday River will introduce the Jordan 8, billed as “one of the most-advanced chairlifts in the world, and the fastest eight-person chairlift in North America.” Waterville Valley has installed a six-person, high-speed, bubble chairlift that will travel at approximately 20 feet per second, moving 3,200 passengers per hour.
Then there’s Black Mountain in Jackson, N.H., where the only new lift in rotation this season will be one that is nearly 100 years old.
The oldest operating overhead cable lift in North America is making a comeback this winter as Black Mountain is in the midst of restoring its historic J-bar lift, hoping to utilize it more in the learning section of the ski area.