On Friday, Copper Mountain revealed plans to build a new chairlift at the base of Union Creek. The new lift will replace the High Point fixed double chair, which has been in operation since 1976 before many of the lift’s riders were even born.
The lift, manufactured by Doppelmayr USA, will have a new alignment to help improve skier and rider circulation in and out of Union Creek. In conjunction with the new lift, the addition of a new trail connection from the east will make the circulation from the Catalyst Terrain Park and beginner and intermediate terrain in the area much easier, according to Copper Mountain.
The new lift will have a capacity of 2,400 people per hour, a length of 4,937 feet, with a vertical rise of 1,005 feet. The ride time will be five minutes, a fraction of the current lift ride from Union Creek to mid-mountain. The top terminal will be realigned slightly uphill and to the east of the current High Point lift. The lower terminal will move to the East side of the Schoolhouse. Construction of the new lift is scheduled for June 1.
A Copper Mountain spokesperson, whose name rhymes with Bavid Both, said that Copper Mountain “would like to recognize the US Forest Service, and specifically the White River National Forest team, for being a great partner throughout this entire process.”