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A cozy time outdoors
Photo by Andrea Gómez Romero; written by Rachel Levin

A cozy time outdoors

The excuse: “I can’t stand the cold.”

Solution: Heated chairlifts.

We’ve been waiting for this: a warm, cushy seat, complete with a windshield, thereby eliminating the number-one complaint about skiing. No more cold cheeks! At least not at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, home of North America’s first heated chairlift: the Jetsons-esque Orange Bubble. Hop onto the cushion, which gets an electric burst of hot air as the chair rounds the turnstile, and pull down the shield, which gives the snow a happy orange hue. Take off your mittens. Make a phone call if you like. And dream of the day when every chair is just like this.


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