Elkhead Express Construction Update from Steamboat

This week’s construction update comes from northern Colorado where Steamboat Resort is in the midst of replacing a fixed-grip quad with a UNI-G detachable.  The Elkhead Express will be Steamboat’s first Doppelmayr lift built since 1997 after three new Leitner-Pomas in a row. Nearby Vail went the other way this year, switching from Doppelmayr back to L-P.  Elkhead Express is the third lift in its location following a 1972 Heron-Poma double and later a Lift Engineering quad.  The not-that-old Yan has been carefully disassembled and will undoubtedly find a new home somewhere down the road.

The new Elkhead will only have around ten towers; the old lift had 13.  The Doppelmayr crew has finished concrete and set the big steel with a crane at both terminals.  Tower footings are ready to go but I couldn’t find any of the towers laying around yet.  The stations will be blue and white with red stripes and are sure to look sharp.  Compared with the UNI-G terminals going up in Jackson and Big Sky, Elkhead’s stations are noticeably smaller.  Like all of Steamboat’s detachables, Elkhead Express will have a deluxe indoor maintenance bay attached to the bottom terminal.  Steamboat’s eighth detachable lift will be ready to go by Thanksgiving.

6 thoughts on “Elkhead Express Construction Update from Steamboat

  1. Mike Turley August 30, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Building luxury maintenance facilities at the bottom of every detach is super smart. Too bad more resorts don’t follow Steamboats lead and make maintenance a real priority.


    • Peter Landsman August 31, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Agreed, maintenance bays shouldn’t be considered a luxury!


  2. Andy September 28, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Spotted this not-that-old Yan at Burch’s yard this week, it may be on its way to China Peak.


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