Albion – Alta, UT

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The bottom terminal with CTEC line gear.
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Bottom station and lift line.
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Tower 12.
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View down the line on a powder day.
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Height-adjustable top bullwheel.
This lift only operates at peak times.
The bottom terminal with drive and tensioning.

21 thoughts on “Albion – Alta, UT

  1. Sninja June 5, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    I’m so happy to come across this site. You have great documentation of the ski lifts!

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  2. ACA Allertor June 5, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Does this Lift only run weekends and holidays with the hst near it?

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    • themav May 26, 2019 / 10:57 pm

      Indeed so. It’s nice that it’s here, as it provides another way for beginners to lap this area. Sunnyside is a bottleneck at Alta, since one high speed triple feeds into two HSQs, along with the beginner terrain pod.

      Alta has FS approval to replace both lifts with a single Chondola lift (https://www.alta.com/the-mountain/future-plans). That being said, it appears based on digging through the FS document, Albion would still be left in place after a Sunnyside upgrade. Alta has announced that they will not be running Sunnyside this summer, so either they’re planning on replacing the lift sooner than expected, or something else is going on with the lift.

      “Plan on hiking the Albion Basin? Please note that due to construction and infrastructure improvement projects the Albion parking lot will be closed this summer as well as Sunnyside lift-served hiking.”
      https://www.alta.com/summer

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      • themav May 30, 2019 / 12:59 pm

        On further thought, this is actually the parking upgrade that they were also given FS approval to complete.

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        • New England Chairlifts & Skiing July 17, 2019 / 12:52 pm

          Seems like Albion would hardly ever run if it was kept.

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        • themav July 18, 2019 / 7:38 pm

          It runs weekends only for the most part even as it is. It’s kind of in an awkward alignment, as it’s a traverse to get over and down to the Supreme and Sugarloaf lifts from the top.

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        • themav January 8, 2020 / 10:01 pm

          I don’t think this lift has ran at all this season so far

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  3. Alex Kennedy February 27, 2021 / 9:01 am

    This lift operated once last season on a Friday when all parking was full and it was extremely overcrowded. I decided to take it. It’s a very nice ride but compared to the HST I would rather take Sunnyside than this lift. Still an awesome lift and probably my favorite at Alta. I don’t think I’ll have a chance to ever take it again, but I’ll always remember my experience riding it.

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    • themav March 4, 2021 / 9:20 am

      They opened it once this season, December 24th. I’m pretty sure they’ve just given up running this lift, even on the busy days. Despite a 20-30 minute queue for Sunnyside, no one was riding Albion even though it was open.

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      • Ken March 12, 2021 / 1:47 pm

        Well, it is the lift you take if you need a vacation from skiing, lol. Great views though.

        It’s an old-school fixed grip lift running at beginner speed so intermediates & experts aren’t very interested. It’s a looooong ride. The seat is bare bones minimal with no safety bar so beginners are afraid of it. Hardly anyone takes this lift. They sometimes run Albion on busy days but the only time there is a lift line is at the start of the day when the line at the Sunnyside lift right next to it is huge and you’ve arrived late. Even then it’s only a short line. Absolutely nobody laps this lift. You take it once (if at all) and go straight to another lift and don’t come back.

        I like that it’s still there and sometimes running for nostalgia, but that’s the only real purpose it serves now.

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  4. Alex Kennedy December 21, 2021 / 8:14 pm

    This lift opened last Sunday because Collins and Sunnyside were both down. Best ride of my life. Pretty long though, about a 16-minute ride. Got a video of the ride too.

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    • Donald Reif December 21, 2021 / 8:24 pm

      Definitely a lucky one.

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    • Utah Lost Ski Area Project April 8, 2022 / 8:19 am

      I would guess that all of Alta’s Yans were converted from non bullwheel loading to height adjustable, the old Collins double had a similar drive terminal when originally installed.

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  5. themav April 8, 2022 / 10:36 am

    If you want to ride this lift one more time, it looks like April 12th is the date to do it! I also heard that it might possibly also be open on Frank (first closing day) which is the 17th.

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  6. Ryan April 8, 2022 / 10:54 pm

    Goodbye Albion, thank you for being there for us. You will be missed and you served us well.

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  7. Boardski April 9, 2022 / 11:44 am

    When I skied Alta for my first time in 1990, both Albion and Collins had raised drives and all lifts were center bar double chairs. Albion operated every day and old Sunnyside was backup (it was the only center bar double that was not Yan)…

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  8. Carson April 26, 2022 / 9:10 pm

    As found a little history over the past few weeks the new drive came in at 1999.
    R.I.P.

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  9. julestheshiba August 11, 2022 / 9:36 am

    I drove by there yesterday and abion seems to remain until the new sunnyside lift is complete

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  10. Carson August 11, 2022 / 9:59 am

    It will be sticking around to 2023. I’m right now filming a time lapse of the replacement of Sunnyside and the removal of Albion. It will be interesting to see what it looks like at the end of next year.

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