https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzBVKqJ08aE

Well, there it is. This will be the fifth bubble chair installed in the east in only seven years (all in Vermont), more than anywhere else in the western hemisphere.

Any guesses for what mountain will install the sixth bubble chair in the east?

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it won't be Smugglers unless it is a 2 person bubble chair  :-)

Hint, Ask Junior

Double bubble chairs did exist back in the 1960s. Crotched / Onset's was a 1969 Hall Double, similar to all of Smuggs' lifts.

RobSki44 said:

it won't be Smugglers unless it is a 2 person bubble chair  :-)

Wildcat's old 2 person "M&M's" gondola comes to mind looking at that pic :-)

I didn't like the Big Sky bubble chair, never liked the Canyons bubble chair.  I see no need for this type of lift.

Yes, It is march and not fake news. Mike gave a presentation this evening outlining what will be completed this summer.

https://liftblog.com/

Glade Monkey said:

$16 million - it’s March 1st not April right ?
Great to see someone investing

With MB; bubble chair not my favorite.
Bubbles=wind holds and graffiti

So true.

Mcandy said:

Bubbles=wind holds and graffiti

too true

I felt very claustrophobic with the bubble down. I feel like a heated seat = Wet azz? 

"these are great when its cold"

"Buddy, 35 is not cold"

I thought I heard someone say that the bubble chair weight helps off set the surface area wind issue?

Ripsaw said:

Won’t be an issue for anyone skiing at SR and SL. 

They weight does help to prevent / reduce swing, but if it is windy enough for the carrier to swing it will take forever for it to settle. Bubble chairs are also more aerodynamic than a gondola cabin, which helps as well in terms of wind tolerance. The shape of both Doppelmayr and L-P bubbles are designed to be wind tolerant (but it's much more apparent on the L-P bubble chairs). The side exposure of the bubble and chair are much smaller than that of a gondola cabin, which means the chairs swing sideways much less and can be safely operated in higher winds than a gondola and even some chairlifts (depends on the type of carrier). 

Also another problem that I found is that you can't sit on your poles. You can't stick them through the back of the chair, and the bubble extends below the bottom of the seat. Collapsible poles are a solution, but who really wants to collapse your poles every time you get on a lift and extend them again at the top? 

Another major problem is unreliability due to the increased number of moving parts. From seat heating to bubble opening / closing mechanisms and the addition of more parts in the taco (chair bail / hanger connection), which improve comfort by reducing vibration but are also still more moving parts that have to be maintained. I'm sure the Leitner-Poma LPA-6-CC chairs are designed with ease of maintenance in mind (as is everything by Leitner-Poma), but stuff still breaks. 

I had the chance to ride Big Sky's Powder Seeker 6, a Doppelmayr CLD6B with 6E98B blue bubble chairs from Europe. I think the lift was the most comfortable chairlift I have ever ridden, and it makes sense to have it where it is. For most of the days I skied at Big Sky, the temperature either did not reach or got just above 0 degrees during the day, so the bubble was a life saver turning what was a long, windy, and cold ride in a very exposed area with little sunlight into a quick, warm, and comfortable ride. 


Wheelie said:

I thought I heard someone say that the bubble chair weight helps off set the surface area wind issue?

agreed, the walls were closing in on us.  The heated seat made my ass even more wet....way too tight, didn't like it at all.  

Wheelie said:

too true

I felt very claustrophobic with the bubble down. I feel like a heated seat = Wet azz? 

"these are great when its cold"

"Buddy, 35 is not cold"

I thought I heard someone say that the bubble chair weight helps off set the surface area wind issue?

Ripsaw said:

Won’t be an issue for anyone skiing at SR and SL. 

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