Alyeska, AK

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17 thoughts on “Alyeska, AK

  1. kiroro March 13, 2020 / 9:22 am

    any pictures of the old 6 Spirit of Alyeska top terminal

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    • skier72 March 13, 2020 / 11:49 am

      Yes! After searching old youtube videos, I stumbled upon this beauty. Lots of video clips of the old Poma quad, and at 0:48, you get a good view of the top terminal of the Spirit of Alyeska lift.

      Also, here’s a pic of the bottom terminal of this lift.

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      • skier72 March 13, 2020 / 11:56 am

        And, at 0:04 on this video, if you pause it, you can see a full view of the top terminal.

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        • kiroro March 16, 2020 / 10:16 pm

          the front of the top terminal for alyseka

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  2. Kaden K March 14, 2020 / 11:33 am

    Are there any pictures of bubbles on the old Spirit of Alyeska lift? All of the pictures I found are without bubbles.

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    • skier72 May 13, 2020 / 2:00 pm

      Found one!

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      • skier72 May 13, 2020 / 2:04 pm

        Actually, I found a whole bunch of Spirit of Alyeska bubble pictures on Alamy. Here’s a few of them:

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        • Utah Powder Skier March 18, 2021 / 9:14 am

          How did the bubbles get to look so worn? It looks like they were one of the few ski areas in the US to invest in indoor parking. Did they just not use it? The DS series bubbles weren’t well designed, but somehow there are quite a few in Europe that despite being a little worn, look better than the ones in the 3rd pic. Also, why would a lift as new as 1988 have a separate drive terminal not integrated in the CLD-260? Especially when that very next year, Doppelmayr came out with the Uni.

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        • Utah Powder Skier April 17, 2021 / 4:02 pm

          After closer inspection, I don’t think the bubble lift in the 3rd pic is Alyeska. That lift has 90s era bubbles, which are rounder on top than 80s era bubbles. It is also running in a different direction than the other pics that are clearly Alyeska.

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        • Myles Svec April 17, 2021 / 4:24 pm

          I think your right. That 3rd bubble lift looks like it’s somewhere in Europe.

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  3. Tyler March 16, 2020 / 9:16 pm

    Chair 1 was a Poma double from 1960-79. Replaced by a Riblet in 79. They tore it out in 2017. Chair 1 was be best damn lift there was. Night skiing isn’t the same without it. It’s a shame they replaced it night skiing isn’t the greatest now without it. Hopefully they run a chair from midway or gearjammer up to round house. We did thousands of midway laps. And between towers 5-6 the chair was about 80 feet off the ground there were breakover towers 6-7-8 and between that span when the lift stopped you would bounce 30+ feet you’d go higher than the downloading chairs and you would drop and swing. One hell of an adrenaline rush. Chair 2 from what history I got was taken out by an avalanche at the bottom terminal in 73. They rebuilt the bottom but moved it up where teds express ends. You’ll see concrete remains. Chair 2 was replaced by the old chair 6 spirit of Alyeska. Tram and chair 4 quad replaced chair 4 double in 92. Chair 4 riblet was installed in 76. And ran right up along side chair 1. I was never alive to see chair 2 or old chair 4. It’s sad they don’t use Tanaka anymore use to ride up it and hit the alders far side of the mountain. Good powder skiing. Hopefully arctic valley or somebody else buys it. I grew up skiing Alyeska love it to this day still even though chair 1 is long gone the only memories of that chair that remain are the lift line trailwhere it once stood and the towers with lights on them.

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  4. Myles Svec December 27, 2020 / 6:45 pm

    Would building a HSQ in the alignment of the old Chair 1 be a good idea? It would provide direct access to upper tram terminal.

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    • Donald Reif December 27, 2020 / 7:39 pm

      It wouldn’t even be that redundant.

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    • Donald Reif December 27, 2020 / 7:51 pm

      Let’s take a look:

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      • Myles Svec December 27, 2020 / 7:54 pm

        If I were to build it I would get rid of the mid station. There is still blue terrain accessed from the top of chair 1.

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    • julestheshiba March 18, 2021 / 11:44 am

      it also seems like it could make a good gondola. From the looks of it they could develop the base area there and add a gondola on that alignment to supplement their tram.

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      • skitheeast March 18, 2021 / 5:44 pm

        I agree, a gondola would work well. Plus, the top terminal could be integrated with the Upper Tram Terminal building.

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