The Ten Shortest Detachable Lifts in North America

I”ve written a few times about the longest lifts of different types but what about the shortest? The considerable expense of a detachable lift is usually justified for long profiles where speed makes sense.  The average detachable lift in this part of the world is over 5,200 feet long while the average fixed grip lift is under 2,800 feet.  However, the slow loading speed of a high-speed lift also make sense for beginners and foot passengers regardless of the length of the line.  Hence there are plenty of very short detachable lifts that cost millions and take less than two minutes to ride.  Below are the ten shortest ones in the US and Canada.

Beaver Creek's Buckaroo Gondola is among the shortest detachable lifts but makes for a perfect beginner lift.
Beaver Creek’s Buckaroo Gondola is among the shortest detachable lifts but makes for a perfect beginner lift.
  1. Cabriolet – Mont Tremblant, QC – 1994 Doppelmayr detachable 6-passenger cabriolet

Slope length: 1,100 feet, ride time 1.4 minutes.

  1. Easy Rider Express – Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA – 1996 Doppelmayr detachable quad

Slope length: 1,165 feet, ride time 1.3 minutes

  1. Chair 3 – Horseshoe Resort, ON – 1989 Doppelmayr detachable quad

Slope length: 1,400 feet, ride time 1.6 minutes

  1. Super Glide – Alpine Valley Resort, WI – 2011 Leitner-Poma detachable quad

Slope length: 1,421 feet, ride time 1.4 minutes

  1. Valley Flyer – Alpine Valley Resort, WI – 1999 Poma detachable quad

Slope length: 1,426 feet, ride time 1.6 minutes

  1. Cabriolet – Winter Park Resort, CO – 2008 Leitner-Poma 8-passenger cabriolet

Slope length: 1,436 feet, ride time 2.3 minutes

  1. Mach 1 Express – Mt. Holly, MI – 1997 Poma detachable quad

Slope length 1,465 feet, ride time 1.6 minutes

  1. 8. Over Easy – Stowe Mountain Resort, VT – 2006 Leitner-Poma 8-passenger gondola

Slope length 1,483 feet, ride time 1.9 minutes

Snowbasin's Little Cat Express has only 7 towers.
Snowbasin’s Little Cat Express has only 7 towers.
  1. Little Cat Express – Snowbasin, UT – 2008 Doppelmayr CTEC detachable quad

Slope length: 1,579 feet, ride time 1.6 minutes

  1. Buckaroo Gondola – Beaver Creek Resort, CO – 2007 Doppelmayr CTEC 8-passenger gondola

Slope length: 1,671 feet, ride time 2.8 minutes


17 thoughts on “The Ten Shortest Detachable Lifts in North America

  1. Jon P September 4, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    I’m surprised the EzRider at Alpine Valley WI isn’t included, according to SAM its listed at 2360′, id strongly challenge that.

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  2. Matthew Campbell March 21, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    I am quite surprised that casper & teewinot at jackson hole don’t make the list. But I suppose I hadn’t considered just how useful a detachable beginner lift could be. Much easier for kids to load and instructors can ride with students to ensure they sit on the lift properly and don’t fall off.


    • Donald Reif June 18, 2019 / 10:43 am

      Casper is 3,400 feet long. Teewinot is 2,700 feet long. So both are more than a half mile in length.


  3. Michael November 28, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    $6 Is a transfer lift from a parking area to slope-side. #10 is dedicated to Children’s Ski School- a huge money maker at Beaver Creek!


  4. reaperskier November 28, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    Chair 3 at horseshoe is now a leitner poma high speed six pack.

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  5. powderforever45 October 23, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    What about First Time Express at PC at 1823 ft


  6. skier0224 September 28, 2020 / 6:24 pm

    there’s a few detachable quads in michigan that are pretty short, did you think of those? Boyne Mountain, which only has a 435′ vertical drop (and it’s one of the states largest resorts) has a high speed 6 pack going from the base to the summit. it takes like 2 minutes to get up.


  7. Ethan Ducayet October 8, 2021 / 11:23 am

    What about the upcoming Rip’s Ride SuperChair at Breckenridge at around 1800 feet long. Would that make the list one of the shortest detachable lifts in North America?


  8. Kirk October 8, 2021 / 1:14 pm

    Easy Rider, Sierra @ Tahoe in CA. 1165′ slope and 160′ vertical.
    Runs full all day.


  9. Axewolfe17 March 3, 2022 / 10:11 pm

    Would Gemini express at WP make this list if it was updated?


  10. ryand1407 October 16, 2022 / 12:33 pm

    Wonder how close Discovery/11 at Mammoth is…


  11. Bob November 26, 2022 / 7:55 pm

    So whats the shortest lift overall (not just detachables)?


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