Agassiz – Arizona Snowbowl, AZ

Midstation with many towers.
View up at the top station.
Looking down the line from the summit.
Fixed top station.
Breakover side view.
Mid-station breakover.
Half tower just above the mid-station.
CTEC Enterprise drive terminal.
Lift line view.
Depression tower 1 at the base.

13 thoughts on “Agassiz – Arizona Snowbowl, AZ

  1. Ryan Gardner February 8, 2020 / 12:53 am

    I think part of the problem with why this lift has had so many issues is because it needs a larger drive for something of this length.


    • Donald Reif February 8, 2020 / 6:44 am

      And this definitely looks like the sort of lift line a detachable would be more suited for.


    • Michael February 8, 2020 / 7:52 am

      What size is the drive for this lift? It looks like they are removing the bullwheel, which would indicate to me they have a gearbox problem.


  2. Kirk February 8, 2020 / 8:41 am

    Do not need to remove the Bullwheel to service the gearbox on this type of lift. Most likely Bullwheel bearings in the CAT Planetary?


  3. Somebody February 9, 2020 / 12:01 am

    I don’t understand why they are replacing this with a chondola when it’s mostly an expert lift. Unless they plan on launching an expansion from near the top, it just doesn’t make much sense to me that they’d sink so much money into a chondola rather than a HSQ.


    • Nick June 25, 2020 / 7:38 pm

      For scenic rides in the summer. They sell around 40000 single ride tickets in the summer around at 20 bucks so 800000 in extra revenue say the kid lasts 30 years thats 24 million over the life span in just summer months.


      • Ray June 28, 2020 / 2:01 pm

        As long as we are talking numbers, what is the return on investment on a lift such as the new Agassiz?


  4. Ray February 17, 2020 / 5:33 pm

    Obviously, the problem with Agassiz Lift is in the planetary gear set in the drive bull wheel. I do not remember who supplied the planetary set, I do not remember it being a Caterpillar unit. That could be part of the hold up in getting it replaced in a timely manner. Planetary gear sets are very demanding on the gear oil. Run it too low or too high on lubricant level or go too long between oil changes and the bearings and gears will fail. The ski area got over 30 years of service from this lift, winter and summer, thankful for that! I think its time for an updated drive terminal, especially considering the critical importance of Agassiz Lift, both winter and summer.


    • vons3 February 17, 2020 / 5:41 pm

      The lift uses a Kissling planetary, I’m guessing that the resort had an idea that it was on the way out as they ordered a new unit almost a year ago. The lead time for this type of kissling gear unit is something like 11 months as it has been out of production for almost 20 years.

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  5. jeff May 4, 2020 / 9:54 am

    Is this lift being parted, scrapped, or reused

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      • Nick July 19, 2020 / 11:18 pm

        Heavily rumored to be placed about a half mile south of the bottom of sunset lift and end near the top and would expand the ski patrol boundary but not the lease agreement with the Forrest service


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