Copper Mountain Resort announced on its social media channels on Thursday afternoon that its new American Flyer chairlift is now open.
“American Flyer is the longest bubble chair in the world,” Dustin Lyman, the resort’s new president and general manager, said in the announcement video,”covering nearly two miles and taking us to an elevation of 11,600-feet.”
The new Flyer lift, like the old one it replaced, is the best way to access the resort’s west-side terrain from Copper’s Center Village. The new lift will primarily serve the easy and intermediate side of the resort’s naturally-divided terrain and also will provide expedited access to Copper’s advanced-level high-alpine bowls.
The revamped American Flyer lift is a high-speed six-person chair with bubble enclosures that should increase uphill capacity by 33 percent. The new Flyer lift and the resort’s new American Eagle lift — which opened early last month — are the first two lifts in North America to run on direct drives as opposed to a complex gear system.
Read more about the lift’s opening at Summit Daily.