Ever wonder how many lifts there are in the US? How many gondolas? How many trams? Which are the longest? Which are the highest? How many ski areas are there in n the US? How many in each state? Who owns what resorts?

Here are some fun facts about lifts and resorts. These are the most current numbers according to lift aficionado Peter Landsman, publisher of Liftblog.com

Type and Number of Ski Lifts in North America

Gondolas                              112

Funitel                                        1

Aerial tramways                   28

High-speed six                       74

High-speed quads              435

High-speed triples                   2

Fixed-grip six                              1

Fixed-grip quads                  535

Fixed-grip triples                  642

Fixed-grip doubles              827

Fixed-grip singles                     3

T-Bars                                       267

J-Bars                                         21

Platters                                    128 

Number of lifts:                 3,076

  • There are 63 chairlifts in North America that stretch longer than 7,000 feet but only four over 10,000′.
  • Six of the top ten are in the State of Colorado and all but two are detachable quads.
  • Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops, BC claims the title of the longest fixed-grip chairlift in the world and the only non-detachable among North America’s hundred longest lifts.
  • A ride on the Burfield Quad takes a painful 21 minutes to go 9,510 feet (and that’s at full speed.)  Below are the top ten longest chairlifts in the US and Canada.


These are the Ten Longest Chairlifts in North America


Slide Brook Express, Sugarbush, VT – 11,012 feet, 1995 Doppelmayr Detachable Quad







Chile Express, Angel Fire Resort, NM – 10,992 feet, 1996 Poma Detachable Quad








Sunshine Express, Telluride, CO – 10,732 feet, 1986 Doppelmayr Detachable Quad







Village Express, Snowmass, CO – 10,074 feet, 2005 Leitner-Poma Detachable Six







American Flyer, Copper Mountain, CO – 9,907 feet, 1986 Poma Detachable Quad








Lodge, The Yellowstone Club, MT – 9,847 feet, 1998 Doppelmayr Detachable Quad








Two Creeks, Snowmass, CO – 9,835 feet, 1995 Poma Detachable Quad







Summit Express, Buttermilk, CO – 9,581 feet, 1993 Poma Detachable Quad








Burfield Quad, Sun Peaks, BC – 9,510 feet, 1997 Doppelmayr Fixed-grip Quad








Summit Express, Keystone, CO – 9,403 feet, 1997 Doppelmayr Detachable Quad

The longest triple chair is the Cyclone at Sunrise Park Resort, AZ – 7,982 feet

The longest double chair is Primo at Sunlight Mountain Resort, CO – 7,260 feet

Source and photos: The liftblog.com


North America’s Highest Chairlifts

Imperial Express Super Chair, Peak 8 at Breckenridge, CO – summit elevation: 12,840 feet. It’s the highest ski resort high-speed quad chairlift in the world.

  1. Chair 9, Loveland, CO summit elevation: 12,700 feet
  2. Lenawee and Zuma lifts, Arapahoe Basin, CO – summit elevation: 12,472 feet
  3. Panoramic Express, Winter Park, CO– summit elevation: 12,060 feet

Source: Claudia Carbone, SkiSnowboard.com


Number of Ski Areas in Each State

Alabama                                   1                                                                

Alaska                                        9

Arizona                                      4

California                                29

Colorado                                 30

Connecticut                            5

Idaho                                       17                                                                    

Iowa                                           4

Illinois                                       6

Indiana                                      2

Maine                                       18

Maryland                                  1

Massachusetts                      13

Michigan                                  44                                                                 

Minnesota                               18

Missouri                                     2

Montana                                  15

Nevada                                      4

New Hampshire                   26

New Jersey                              2

New Mexico                             8

New York                                 51

North Carolina                        6

North Dakota                           3

Ohio                                             6

Oregon                                      11

Pennsylvania                         27

Rhode Island                           1

South Dakota                          3

Tennessee                                1

Utah                                           14

Vermont                                   24                                                                  

Virginia                                       5

Washington                           14

West Virginia                           5

Wisconsin                               31

Wyoming                                10

Total:                                      470

Source: National Ski Areas Association


Who Owns Which Mountain Resorts? 

KSL Capital Partners

Alpine Meadows, California

Bear Mountain Resort, California

June Mountain, California

Mammoth Mountain, California

Snow Summit, California

Squaw Valley, California

NOTE: KSL also owns a 24% interest in Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia.

Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Highlands, Colorado

Aspen Mountain, Colorado

Buttermilk, Colorado

Snowmass Ski Area, Colorado

Blue Mountain, Ontario

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Snowshoe, West Virginia

Steamboat Ski & Resort, Colorado

Stratton, Vermont

Winter Park Resort, Colorado

NOTE: Intrawest also owns a 15% interest in Mammoth, California.

Booth Creek Ski Holdings Inc.

Sierra-at-Tahoe, California, Resort is operated under long-term agreement by Booth Creek Inc. Resort is owned by CNL Lifestyle Corp.

Vail Resorts, Inc.

Afton Alps, Minnesota

Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado

Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado

Heavenly Mountain Resort, California/Nevada

Keystone Resort, Colorado

Kirkwood Mountain Resort, California

Mount Brighton, Michigan

Northstar California, California (1)

Park City Ski Area, Utah

Vail Mountain, Colorado

Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia

Stowe, Vermont

Wilmot Mountain, Wisconsin

(1) Resort is operated under long-term agreement by

Vail Resorts, Inc.  Resort is owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties.

Alpine Valley Holding Company

Alpine Valley, Michigan

Alpine Valley Resort, Wisconsin

Bittersweet Ski Area, Michigan

Devil’s Head Resort, Wisconsin

Mount Holly Ski Area, Michigan

Pine Knob Ski Area, Michigan

Big Sky Resort, Montana

Brighton Ski Resort, Utah (2)

Boyne Highlands Resort, Michigan

Boyne Mountain Resort, Michigan

Crystal Mountain Resort, Washington

Cypress Mountain, British Columbia (2)

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire (2)

Sugarloaf, Maine (2)

Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington (2)

Sunday River Ski Resort, Maine (2)

(2) Resorts are operated under long-term agreement by Boyne USA.

Resorts are owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties.

Peak Resorts, Inc.

Alpine Valley, Ohio

Attitash, New Hampshire

Big Boulder Ski Area, Pennsylvania

Boston Mills/Brandywine, Ohio

Crotched Mt. Ski Area, New Hampshire

Hidden Valley, Missouri

Hunter Mountain, New York

Jack Frost, Pennsylvania

Mad River Mountain, Ohio (3)

Mount Snow, Vermont

Paoli Peaks, Indiana

Snow Creek Ski Area, Missouri

Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire

(3) Resort is operated under long-term agreement by Peak Resorts, Inc.

Resort is owned by EPR Properties.

State of New York

Belleayre Mountain (Olympic Regional Development Authority)

Gore Mountain (Olympic Regional Development Authority)

Whiteface (Olympic Regional Development Authority)

Snow Time, Inc.

Liberty Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania

Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania

Whitetail, Pennsylvania

Pacific Group Resorts, Inc.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort, British Columbia

Ragged Mountain Resort, New Hampshire (4)

Wintergreen Resort, Virginia (5)

Wisp Resort, Maryland (5)

(4) Resort is operated under long-term agreement by Pacific Group Resorts, Inc. Resort is owned by RMR-Pacific LLC.

(5) Resorts are operated under long-term agreement by Pacific Group Resorts, Inc. Resorts are owned by EPR Properties.

Powdr Corp.

Boreal Ski Area, California

Copper, Colorado

Eldora Mountain Resort, Colorado

Killington, Vermont

Lee Canyon, Nevada

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

Pico Mountain, Vermont

Soda Springs Ski Area, California

Sinclair Oil Corporation

Snowbasin, Utah

Sun Valley, Idaho

Triple Peaks LLC

Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado (6)

Mt. Sunapee, New Hampshire (7)

Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont (6)

(6) Resorts are operated under long-term agreement by Triple Peaks LLC. Resorts are owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties.

(7) Resort is operated under long-term agreement by Triple Peaks LLC. Resort is owned by State of New Hampshire and CNL Lifestyle Properties has lease rights.

Mont Saint-Sauveur International Inc.

Edelweiss Valley, Ottawa

Mont-Avila Ski Area, Quebec

Mont Gabriel, Quebec

Mont Olympia, Quebec

Mont Saint-Sauveur Ski Area, Quebec

Ski Morin Heights, Quebec

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc.

Fernie Alpine Resort, British Columbia

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, British Columbia

Kimberley Alpine Resort, British Columbia

Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec

Nakiska Ski Area, Alberta

Stoneham Mountain Resort, Quebec

NOTE: CNL Lifestyle Corp. also owns Mountain High Resort, CA (operated under long-term agreement by Mountain High Associates), Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA (operated under long-term agreement by Booth Creek Ski Holdings Inc.), Stevens Pass, WA (operated under long-term agreement by Stevens Pass Mountain Resort, LLC), and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, MA and Cranmore Mountain Resort, NH (both operated under long-term agreement by Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, LLC).


Number of Ski Areas Operating in the United States, 1991-2016

2015/16                                  463

2014/15                                  470

2013/14                                  470

2012/13                                  478

2011/10                                  474

2010/11                                  486

2009/10                                  471

2008/09                                  473

2007/08                                  481

2006/07                                  485

2005/06                                  478

2004/05                                  492

2003/04                                  494

2002/03                                  490

2001/02                                  493

2000/01                                  489

1999/00                                  503

1998/99                                  509

1997/98                                  521

1996/97                                  507

1995/96                                  519

1994/95                                  520

1993/94                                  518

1992/93                                 529

1991/92                                 546

Source:  The National Ski Areas Association


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