Heated Chair Lift to Debut At Utah Ski Resort

Skiers at The Canyons in Park City, Utah will have the luxury of cushy tushies, thanks to what's being billed as the first heated bubble chair lift in North America.

With features that include heated seats, the quad bubble lift encloses pampered skiers in clear orange plastic. Resort officials say it's one of the most technologically advanced ski lifts in the world, created for comfort and optimum visibility.

But why the orange? "The weather protecting orange bubble will evoke the feeling of being inside a pair of ski goggles," officials say in a press release.

The bubble lift is located just outside the resort's Grand Summit Hotel and will take skiers to the mid-mountain Lookout Peak, then continue uphill to just south of the current Sun Peak lift.

On a practical note, the resort says the lift increases capacity from the base-mountain by 47% and will allow skiers to get to the top of the mountain in 9 minutes.

The state-of-the-art lift debuts this ski season as part of an expansion that also includes the addition of a second new chairlift, a new gondola and 300 acres of expanded terrain at The Canyons, Utah's largest ski resort.

Photo courtesy of The Canyons Resort
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