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Out with the Old – Purgatory’s Backside is getting a facelift

The original Legends Lift 8 was installed in 1985, back when the price of gas was a buck, “New” Coke debuted (and bombed), and you could see “Back to the Future” on the big screen for less than $3.  Lift 8 was a Poma lift with a carrier capacity of 1,800 per hour providing a 13-minute ride up the mountain.  Back then, this was cutting edge lift technology, and this “new” lift meant that new, steeper terrain would now be accessible to the west of Purgatory’s base.  While she fulfilled her duties of taking skiers up the mountain for 30 years, it’s now time for a change.   Legends Lift 8

A new high-speed detachable quad will follow the same line up the Legends or 8 pod (the area on the backside of the mountain where Lift 8 is).  The new Legends Lift 8 (we’re keeping the namesake intact) is a Leitner-Poma high-speed detachable quad, complete with foot rests and padded seats.  The new lift will offer higher carrier capacity with a ride time of just 5 minutes.  What does this mean to you?  It means you’ll have fewer minutes to take those selfies on Lift 8!  But all kidding aside, it means you’ll get to spend more time on the slopes making turns on some of the best terrain at Purgatory!

We snapped some images of one of the first steps in the process of replacing Lift 8 – taking down all the old chairs.  In case you’re wondering, the old lift (including the chairs) will be dismantled and then upcycled for another spot on the mountain in the future.

Stay tuned for more blog updates.  Until then, see you on the mountain!