Stratton's Snow Bowl Poma Quad lift is heading to Magic!
BIG NEWS: Stratton's Snow Bowl Poma Quad lift is heading to Magic to replace Black Chair!
the press release from this morning below. This a major investment by
SKI MAGIC LLC in our mountain's future and in improving your experience
here as skiers and riders. Lift lines to the absolute minimum, reliable
family-oriented lift service, and keeping our slopes free of heavy
traffic! We plan to have this Quad lift operating for the 2018-19 season
(pending permitting), along with our new base-to-mid mountain Green
Double. Thank you for all your support by making plans to ski and
ride here at Magic!
Stratton’s Snow Bowl Poma Quad Lift Heading Across the Valley to Magic Mountain
--Another Major Upgrade by SKI MAGIC LLC Will Replace Magic’s Current Black Chair Summit Lift--
Londonderry, VT, May 9, 2018 – Magic Mountain is
purchasing and installing Stratton’s current “Snow Bowl” Poma fixed-grip
quad chairlift as a new base-to-summit lift for the 2018/19 season. The
Poma quad lift will replace Magic’s current “Black Chair” which had
been operating as a double passenger capacity lift. The new lift at
Magic will follow a similar lift line up the Black Line trail to the
summit with a slightly higher terminal station in order to access all
trails at Magic.
Magic’s new Poma quad lift, originally built in 1986
and installed at Stratton’s Snow Bowl area, comes with 148 chairs, a
2,000 skier per hour capacity, and has an excellent performance and
maintenance record at Stratton. It will service approximately 1,500
vertical feet with the lift line stretching about 5,000 feet long. The
lift will add significant uphill capacity in combination with Magic’s
current “Red Chair” double summit lift and another new installation to
be completed this off season of a base-to-mid mountain Borvig double
passenger lift (“Green Chair”). The current Black Chair, which the Poma
Quad will replace, only had 113 chairs, was approved as a two-person
carrier, and therefore had a maximum capacity of just 620 riders per
hour. The Poma Quad therefore effectively triples Magic’s uphill
capacity over the current lift.
“When we heard Stratton was replacing their Snow Bowl
lift with a new high-speed detachable, four-passenger lift, our investor
group jumped on the opportunity to try and purchase their Poma
fixed-grip quad”, said Geoff Hatheway, President of SKI MAGIC LLC. “For
our ski community, this lift is a huge upgrade that meets and manages
our current and future growth expectations, better fulfills customer
desires for quality, reliable lift service at Magic, and sustains our
reputation as an area with both minimal lift lines and low on-slope
Stratton is taking down the Snow Bowl lift this month
and then Magic will have the lift transported across the valley (about
15 miles) to its Londonderry location.
“It’s great to see this dependable lift live on in
southern Vermont, and I want to acknowledge Bill Nupp, President and COO
of Stratton, and all our neighbors there for making this purchase
happen”, continued Geoff Hatheway. “We occupy a very different place in
the industry than Stratton, but Bill and his team really wanted to make
this possible for us. It’s a true example of the big guy on the block
helping the little guy out and supporting the diversity of experiences
uniquely available here in southern Vermont—all within just a few miles
of each other.”
Magic plans for its lift contractors to begin work
this summer and fall on the new summit Black Line Poma Quad, after the
installation is complete on the mid-mountain Green Lift. Magic will
operate the new quad as the primary summit lift every weekend and
holiday period, with the famed Red Chair continuing as an additional
lift on busy weekends plus pulling main duty on lighter traffic
In total, this will be a major $1 million capital
investment in the new lift by SKI MAGIC LLC which will help attract more
skiers and riders to the southern Vermont and Windham County region who
are interested in a classic, old-school mountain vibe.
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Where skiing still has its soul.