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
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
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.
- Chair 9, Loveland, CO summit elevation: 12,700 feet
- Lenawee and Zuma lifts, Arapahoe Basin, CO – summit elevation: 12,472 feet
- Panoramic Express, Winter Park, CO– summit elevation: 12,060 feet
Source: Claudia Carbone, SkiSnowboard.com
Number of Ski Areas in Each State
New Hampshire 26
New Jersey 2
New Mexico 8
New York 51
North Carolina 6
North Dakota 3
Rhode Island 1
South Dakota 3
West Virginia 5
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
Snowmass Ski Area, Colorado
Blue Mountain, Ontario
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Snowshoe, West Virginia
Steamboat Ski & Resort, Colorado
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
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
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.
Boreal Ski Area, California
Eldora Mountain Resort, Colorado
Lee Canyon, Nevada
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Pico Mountain, Vermont
Soda Springs Ski Area, California
Sinclair Oil Corporation
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
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
Source: The National Ski Areas Association