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Investments at Sommet Saint-Sauveur - New six-pack heated detachable chairlift coming 2019-2020

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Just announced on the Sommet Saint-Sauveur Facebook page, is an investment by the Quebec government of $3 million. This investment will support several projects, one of which is the arrival in 2019-2020 of a new six-pack (6 passenger) heated detachable chairlift. It will be built by Doppelmayr of St-Jerome.

This new lift will replace the Atomic Express, the busiest and most popular lift at the mountain, which was built in 1985.

This is great news, and something that really excites. The lift will have heated seats, allowing a warmer ride back up the mountain. It tentatively could be the first heated chairlift in Quebec if no others are installed before this one, so another first at Saint-Sauveur.

I have been wondering when the Atomic would be replaced, and now we have our answer.

What do you think?

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Great news for St-Sauveur! There is a new 6 seater that was installed at le Relais last year. Now if only Bromont can get some $$ to invest as well and replace Chair 4 with a Hybride like what Orford and Sunday River have.

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3 hours ago, Gordo said:

Lots of "Six Pack" lifts out west but I have never heard of heated seats before.  I have seen plastic bubble covers that you can lower to keep you out of the wind.  Park City has one in Utah.

Hey Gordo, there is actually one at Okemo that is a six pack heated bubble lift. And I believe the Tee-Pee town lift at Sunshine Village in Banff is also the same.

The one at Saint-Sauveur will be slightly different as it won't have bubble covers but the ride is short enough and fairly shielded from the heavy winds.

The investments will also help improve the snowmaking system, and permit an expansion and reno of the chalet. Also mentioned is more winter activities, that would seem to focus around the Versant Avila area, namely snowshoeing, aerial treetop adventures and more.

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Having a heated seat for such a short mountain is ridiculous. I honestly don't even think they *need* a six pack (but I'm not a day skiier so weekends could be busier than I recall - you definitely don't need a six pack at night skiing). There are ample other ways I can think of that this money could be spent, but anyways, I guess this is the path they are taking. I would also love to see improvements at Bromont! Definitely increased lift capacity and speed on the main side of the mountain, and more detachables on the other versants. By the way for you Ottawa people - Bromont offers a Sweetpass for about $225. You can ski anytime, also use the water park in the summer, and you get a free night in a hotel (when you book two nights get third free) at one additional hour's drive compared to Tremblant, it's well worth the investment. Also the town has so many delightful and affordable bistros compared to other resort towns. 

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That is a pretty good deal.  3 hours is kinda pushing it for a day trip but for a long weekend ski it makes sense.  For Ottawa Tremblant is a pretty quick trip as the roads are rarely busy.  Some people also go to Titus Mountain in New York state as it’s also about 2 hours. 

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I think the lift replacement is a good idea. The Atomic is nearing the end of it's expected life, having been installed in 1985 and plenty of other mountains have replaced detachable quads that are not even that old with something newer to maintain reliability.

A six-pack will provide better flow on the busy weekends as this lift is the busiest on the mountain. The heated seats aren't necessary but I'm not gonna complain on those super cold days.

I didn't know Titus was only 2 hours from Ottawa. Is it worth checking out? It looks comparable in mountain layout and trails to Camp Fortune, but with more double chairs.

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On a side note Ocean, Bromont has announced a new six-pack detachable chairlift, which will no doubt replace the Versant du Village #4 lift. It should be installed this summer, if all goes well. No official word confirming which lift will be replaced or the timeline for completion yet.

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Sommet Saint-Sauveur has shared some more details on the new lift and the replacement process of the legendary Atomic Express. The decommissioning and dismantling of the Atomic Express will start near end of April.




Details of upcoming work

As announced in spring 2018, the group Sommets has planned major investments for the coming years. For Sommet Saint-Sauveur, this means, among other things, the replacement of the Atomic lift, the installation of a new snow line and the addition of 48 new high-performance and automated guns, the purchase of a new generation snow groomer and a maintenance robot for skis and boards, the construction of a new garage for the lifts, the complete renovation of the sanitary areas of the main lodge as well as those on the Avila side. Most of these improvements have already been completed and others are still to be expected.

Moreover, the work of the lift Atomic will begin this spring and we wanted to inform you of the progress of these.

What is the work

The Atomic lift will be completely replaced by a new six-passenger detachable and heated model from the Doppelmayr manufacturer. The latter will increase the hourly capacity of 600 skiers for a total of 3000 per hour. Travel time will also be reduced by one minute.

The start of the dismantling of the Atomic lift will begin this spring of 2019, towards the end of April.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the specifications of this new lift?

This new lift, from manufacturer Doppelmayr, will be a 6-passenger model. The benches of the chairs will also be heated, to offer the greatest possible comfort to our customers. The hourly capacity of this new chair will be 3000 skiers per hour, an increase of 600 skiers compared to the Atomic chair. The ascent time will also decrease from 4 minutes 10 seconds to 3 minutes 30 seconds. The chairs will also be equipped with ski-rests. The seat and the backrest will be heated.

 Q. Why replace the Atomic chair?

This change is part of Sommet Saint-Sauveur's plan for long-term improvements and investments. The Atomic chair was inaugurated in 1985, accumulating nearly 35 service seasons. The purchase of this new lift was planned for some years now.

Q. Will the Atomic chair not be moved elsewhere?

No. After 35 years of service, the Atomic chair has reached its maximum capacity. However, several components of the latter are recent or in excellent conditions. All reusable parts will be recovered and used for subsequent repairs on other similar model lifts belonging to our Summits.

Q. How does the heated trolley system work?

The heating element is integrated on the horizontal part of the seat and functions as a heated car seat. When the chair arrives at the lower station, the heating phase is activated and lasts about 16 seconds. The heating phase ends when the chair leaves the station. It is heated enough to stay comfortable for the duration of the ascent.

Q. Can the seat get too hot?

No. The temperature of the seats is adjustable and fully controlled by our experts in ski lifts. Thus, we can adjust the temperature settings according to the weather conditions of the moment. Remember that Sommet Saint-Sauveur is known for our exceptional evening skiing. However, these heated seats will counteract the feelings of cold during cold winter evenings.

Q. Will it consume more energy?

No. The electrical inputs presently in place for the Atomic lift will be the same for the new chair. No need to supplement the existing electrical supply.

Q. Why choose a chair with " heating " option ?

This technology, which has been common in Europe for more than five years now, has recently appeared in ski resorts in North America. As of today, Banf Sunshine Ski Resort has had a 4-passenger heated chair since 2014. Our new 6-seat heated chair will be the first of its kind in Canada. It should be remembered that around the 1990s, manufacturers introduced upholstered chairlifts to the ski markets. Trolleys equipped with wooden and plastic slats have been replaced by this new "comfort" option. Almost 20 years later, heated seats are emerging. And certainly, Sommet Saint-Sauveur had to offer the best equipment available to its customers.

 Q. What other benefits does this chair model offer?

The climatic conditions in Quebec include their lots of variations: cold, snow, freezing rain, wind, etc. It was important for us to choose a model adapted to this North American reality. However, this new model chair will store in the station trolleys when they will not be used (eg during the night). This will allow more efficient, safe operations and above all to offer our customers carts cleared and deglazed at the opening.

In addition, this model will offer a download capacity of 50%. What we commonly call "download" in internal jargon is explained by the action of being able to transport passengers in a chair, from the top, towards the base of the mountain. Capacity to which the Atomic chair was not able to offer. Thus, pedestrian customers will be able to access the top of the mountain and come back down easily, offering an additional activity to the range of current offers.

Q. Will old chairs be for sale?

Yes. 15 chairs will go on sale this spring for $ 500 + taxes each. Buyers will have to show up in person at the customer experience counter. It is possible to purchase it now. Take note that it will be the responsibility of buyers to pick up their chair and to ensure the logistics and transportation costs inherent in this transaction.

The unsold chairs will be kept here internally for future use as a decorative element (benches).

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  • 4 weeks later...

Published today and translated to English:



The Easter weekend will be marked this year by the end of service of the Atomic Express. After 35 years of loyal service, it will give way to a new lift 6-pack heated chairlift. Decommissioning work will begin on Tuesday, April 23. Customers are invited to come for a "last chair ride" in this legendary lift which, remember, was one of the first detachables in Quebec. For the nostalgic, it will be possible to purchase an old Atomic (chair) for $ 500.

Last ATOMIC chair ride: 35 years later
Monday, April 22, 5 pm

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New picture from a few days ago:


On their facebook they replied to a comment and mention that there will be a new page on their site www.sommets.com in the near future to show the progress and advancements of the work.

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