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The Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah will introduce a heated ski lift this season, Ski Magazine reports. Heat will be emitted from the seats, and the temperature inside the capsule should reach above 50 degrees.
Outside of the obvious benefit of comfort, the new chair design will also allow lifts to move at higher speeds, transporting resort patrons over 3,100 vertical feet in nine minutes. Resort officials anticipate that the increased speed will allow their lifts to operate at nearly 50 percent higher volume over the course of a day.
The chair will be almost entirely encapsulated by orange Plexiglas, andthe heating mechanism will be charged with each seven-second turnaround the base terminal.
"It will feel like you're in a pair of sunglasses," says Hannah Bowling, communications coordinator for The Canyons.
For more on ski resort innovation, take a gander at our recent coverage of EpicMix at Vail.