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Fans of skiing in Idaho are going to love the new chair lifts at the Sun Valley Resort. The lifts will be quicker and offer more options for those looking to get in as many runs as possible during their visit.
Sun Valley Ski Resort Building Most Vertical Lift In North America
The new chair lifts at the Sun Valley Resort will bring access to a section of the park that had been damaged during a fire in 2014 and will streamline the Challenger and Greyhawk terrain access. The streamlined lift will ‘serve more vertical than any other chair in North America’ according to Lift Blog. The Challenger lift will fit 6 people per chair and climb 3,140 vertical feet in just 8 minutes.
The New Flying Squirrel Lift will run parallel to the Challenger Lift and will replace the previous Flying Squirrel Lift which was damaged in the 2014 fire.
Watch this video from the Sun Valley Instagram page to see what happens when construction crews detonate explosives on the mountainside to level it out for the Challenger mid-station terminal.
The second explosion in the video looks like footage from a Michael Bay Transformers movie.
The Sun Valley Warm Springs Expansion Information
The new construction and additions are part of the Sun Valley Warm Springs Expansion. Plans are to have the new lifts completed by December 2023. You can watch a video describing all the exciting plans and changes on the Future Of Sun Valley website or download the video.