American Flyer chairlift
The American Flyer may be the world’s longest bubble chairlift; in any case, it is the longest one manufactured by the POMA Group on American soil.
The American Flyer, located on Copper Mountain, Colorado, is impressive for its 3,009-metre slope, and its 182 six-seater blue hood chairs make it one of the largest of all time. It replaces an ageing 1986 4-seater POMA detachable chairlift and is equipped with one of the first direct drive models in the United States.
At a very high maximum altitude of 3,541 metres, passengers are confronted with very cold and windy weather conditions, so the hood chairs quickly became popular with visitors to the resort.
difference in elevation
2400 passengers/ hour
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Number of passengers per seat
for the project
With its 3,009m, the American Flyer is the longest bubble chairlift made by POMA.
a signature feature
The long line of 182 blue hood chairs has become a very visible signature feature of the slopes of Copper Mountain.
The American Flyer in pictures
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