You know how it is to get out of the car or hotel, ride to the mountaintop on a chair, and then start to ski, but the muscles are cold from inactivity? The Canyons have solved that problem. They have installed a heated chairlift.

The new chairlift has seats that will heat to 54 degrees and has a weather protecting orange bubble. It will zip skiers and riders from the main base area to just below the summit of the Sun Peak Express in nine minutes.

The heated high-speed quad chair is part of the newly configured main base area. The resort has moved the bottom of the eight-passenger Flight of the Canyons Gondola closer to the top of the Cabriolet gondola that connects parking lots to the base area.

The Golden Eagle lift has been removed, and the new heated lift starts at the old base of the Flight of the Canyons Gondola. The new lift runs up the mountain to a mid station near the Lookout Cabin and then up the hill to a point just below the summit of the Sun Peak Express lift.

"The resort believes the new configuration will make it more efficient to access the middle of the ski area as it has 47 percent more capacity," spokesperson Hannah Bowling told us. The new lift configuration is expected to translate into less congestion, shorter lift lines, and easier access. The hope is that skiers and boarders will be able to get to the upper mountain easier, and the lift will allow them to ski the area without going all the way down to the base area until the end of the day.

The Canyons season passes are on sale until Oct. 15 in a variety of pass categories. Passes come in Gold and Silver pricing with special benefits for each.

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