Utah ski area opens heated ‘bubble’ chair lift

In this Dec. 9, 2010 photo provided by The Canyons Resort at Park City, people ride on the Orange Bubble Express chairlift in Park City, Utah.

PARK CITY, Utah — Utah’s largest ski resort compressed tens of millions of dollars of new development into six months and opened today with North America’s first heated chair lift.

The Canyons Resort at Park City began running what it calls the Orange Bubble Express, with seats that can warm up to about 55 degrees.

A bubble shield keeps the wind off skiers zipping three-quarters of the way up the mountain in nine minutes.

Other changes also make the village base more welcoming for skiers, said Mike Goar, managing director at The Canyons.

The resort expanded snowmaking coverage and plans to open an eighth peak, Iron Mountain, for skiing around Christmas.

The Canyons’ main lift, an eight-passenger gondola, was moved closer to an open-air lift with room for eight that picks up skiers from a parking lot.


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