twbvailliftBy David Schissler

(September 2013) If you’ve ever been to Mid-Vail you’re probably familiar with the Mountaintop Express quad, also called Chair 4. You remember, it’s the lift that takes you over the iconic ledges to the Patrol HQ at the summit. From there you can access the Back Bowls, Blue Sky Basin, the Northwoods, and Sourdough areas.

The 2013-2014 season will see a new high-speed, six-passenger Doppelmayr chairlift where the venerable quad used to be. The new lift features loading gates with a right angle load and loading conveyor system to reduce the number of lift stops and slows, thereby increasing the efficiency of the lift. The result is a 33 percent increase in capacity, or 3,600 people per hour, the same as Vail’s new Gondola One. For more pictures and information go to : .

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