The Siberia chairlift at Squaw Valley, CA is the oldest detachable quad chairlift in the USA.
Squaw has requested a Conditional Use Permit to replace the Siberia chair in 2015. If this permit is granted, Squaw would rip out the old Siberia chair and replace it with a high speed six-pack chairlift.
This would be the first major lift replacement at Squaw since they put in the Big Blue chair in 2012.
The advantages of the new chair:
– It’ll likely get more skiers uphill per hour (2,400 skiers per hour)
– Chairs will be heavier and more likely to run in higher winds
Squaw was granted a conditional use permit by Placer County to replace the Red Dog chair with a high speed six-pack chair back in April 2013. This permit was goo for two years and will expire this April.
Squaw was also granted a conditional use permit by Placer County to replace the the Granite Chief chairlift with a high speed quad. This permit was granted in February 2012 and will expire this February 2015.
It’ll be very interesting to see which chairs Squaw ends up replacing first.
Which chair would you like to see replaced first? Red Dog, Siberia, or Granite Chief?
(we vote for Red Dog)