It has been exciting to launch our 60th anniversary “Elevate Mt. Ashland” vision, and with it the first new chairlift in over 30 years. The Lithia Chairlift is more than just a new chair, it is the revival of our upper beginner terrain that we enjoyed for the first few decades of our history. With the fanfare of our announcement calming, here are some more details about the Lithia Chairlift:
- Replaces the former Poma lift- following nearly the same alignment.
- Fixed grip, triple-seat chairs.
- Five tower chairlift to be manufactured by SkyTrac.
The Lithia Chair will serve Beginner and Intermediate terrain. From the lodge, skiers will access the lift by skiing down Aisle 1 to the loading area- near where the beacon park is now. The short ride will end at the very top of the Sonnet slope, providing access to all trails that come off that hill in every direction. The trails currently known as Lodge Poma (beginner) and Poma (intermediate) will now be able to be skied without having to go all the way to the Comer chair and without any hiking. Additional beginner terrain that is already approved in the current master plan is also possible from the top of the Sonnet hill. This project is a priority due to the need for a more well-rounded beginner program and learning progression for novice skiers and snowboarders.
This 1979 Mt. Ashland trail map shows the location of the former Poma lift, at the lower left corner with very similar alignment and locations of the new Lithia Chair: