In a Changing Market, Snow Valley Adds a Six-Pack

Crossarms staged for the new Snow Valley Express lift being built by Leitner-Poma at Snow Valley this fall.

Back in April, Snow Valley made a big bet, investing millions to build Southern California’s first six-pack.  For a resort with a dozen Yan fixed-grips built in the 1970s and ’80s, the new Snow Valley Express is a big deal.  In the months since the announcement, new owners have coincidentally taken over SoCal competitors Bear Mountain, Snow Summit and Mountain High, hinting at further capital improvements in a market which hasn’t seen a new chairlift since 1999.  Just down the road from two new KSL/Aspen resorts, Snow Valley prides itself on family ownership and is committed to improving the ski experience for its 80th season.

The turnkey Leitner-Poma six-pack project replaces Chair 1, a double serving the mountain’s front side.  LPOA is very busy this fall with six new LPA detchables going up across the West and Midwest, the most since the new product debuted in 2010.  Snow Valley’s towers have arrived from Grand Junction and crews were finishing up concrete work at the top terminal today.  The bottom return terminal showed up last week, joining the seven strand Redaelli haul rope from Italy.  The drive terminal, line equipment and chairs will follow soon.

The six-pack will not only vastly improve Snow Valley skiing, but also open possibilities for summer business in the backyard of 25 million people.  In addition to new fan guns and snowmaking on the Slide Peak side of the mountain, Snow Valley is also eyeing reopening mothballed lifts 4, 5 and 10.  In the short term, 14 six-pack towers will fly soon and the Snow Valley Express is scheduled to open in early December.


6 thoughts on “In a Changing Market, Snow Valley Adds a Six-Pack

  1. Rob Von Roll October 10, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Ive noticed that Leitner -Poma uses Redaelli for all there installations and Doppelmayr uses Fatzer


    • Peter Landsman October 10, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      The only Fatzer I’ve seen so far this summer was for the Skytrac at Bridger Bowl. Lots of ArcelorMittal French rope these days.


    • Cooper October 10, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Snowbasin’s new six pack “Wildcat express” has a Redaelli haul rope and is built by Doppelmayr. Not all Doppelmayr lift cables are from Fatzer.


  2. tjskiloaf17 October 10, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    hopefully that triple has a relocation!


    • Wayne October 11, 2017 / 8:04 am

      It is actually a double. Not a triple.


  3. jaytrem October 11, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    If you visit Waterman while you’re down there, don’t forget Buckhorn Ski Club is right down the street.


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