Not many lifts have construction delayed due to the annual elk-calving season but that’s what happened in Vail last summer. Vail has replaced the fixed grip triple, known as #17, in Sun Up Bowl with a new high-speed-quad, now #9. It’s Vail’s 16th! Every major lift there is now a HSQ.

The new Sun Up Express provides access to intermediate and advanced terrain in the Back Bowls. It increases rider capacity by 65% and cuts ride time from 8 minutes to four. The result is reduced wait times and improved skier and snowboarder circulation.

“The new Sun Up Express will dramatically improve how our guests are able to move across Vail’s legendary Back Bowls, especially on powder mornings as they head toward the terrain of the China Bowl complex and Blue Sky Basin,” said Chris Jarnot, Vail’s chief operating officer and executive vice president. “The 65% increase in capacity will also take pressure off of the High Noon Express (#5) with more guests using the new lift rather than cycling back to the bottom of the bowls.”

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