Banff, Alberta, Canada – Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort is now home to Canada’s first chairlift with heated seats. The Teepee Town LX lift, located on Lookout Mountain, will be ready in time for the 2015-16 ski season and comes complete with orange bubble covers, footrests and heated seats. It will move as many as 1,200 skiers and riders up the mountain per hour at a speed of 5.08 meters per second.
The resort worked closely with Parks Canada to obtain a building permit issued for construction starting August 2014 after an extensive environmental impact analysis. Mitigation techniques were used throughout construction including the use of helicopters and a walking excavator designed to minimize the impact on vegetation and wildlife in the area.
“Sunshine is committed to delivering exceptional guest experiences and this addition to the resort will clearly demonstrate our focus on providing comfort and value to our guests” said Dave Riley, Chief Operating Officer for Sunshine Village.
The tentative opening date for the 2015-16 ski season at Sunshine Village is November 11, 2015. The world-class resort boasts the longest non-glacial ski season in Canada, open from early November until mid-May each ski season.