American Eagle – Copper Mountain, CO

Leitner-Poma won the bidding to replace both lifts out of Copper’s Center Village in 2018.
American Eagle is a combination six place chairlift and eight place gondola.
Long LPA terminal with three masts.
Lift overview.
Operator house at the return.
Gondola loading zone.
View back down the lift line.
Arriving at the drive terminal.
There is a small cabin/chair maintenance building.
Gondolas unload on the downhill side of the top terminal.
This was the very first in North America with a direct drive. Three others opened within a few weeks.
Side view of the top terminal.
Upper terminal seen from below.
Towers 19 and 20 with Storm King visible in the background.
View up the lift line.
Lower part of the lift.
Another view up the long lift line.
The bottom terminal in the village.
Gondola maze area.
Towers 1 and 2.
A Sigma Diamond cabin.
A cabin nears the lower station.
Riding up the line.
Upper station overview.
Huge generator for backup electricity.
Wooden under skin.
Tower 19 and both carrier styles.
View down the line.
Middle section of the lift.
Lower lift line view.
Looking uphill at tower 10.
There are special rollers on the inside of the cabins to keep them level in the chair load/unload zones.
Combo assemblies on tower 8.
Another view up the lift.
Tower 6.
There are four chairs for every one cabin.
Lower terminal seen from above.
Because the gondola section runs slower than the rest of the terminal, chairs appear to stack up.
Ski racks on a cabin.
View from the drive terminal.
The upper station seen from above.
Another view of the drive station.
Tower 12.
Side view of the return with its sister lift in the background.
The lift line seen from I-70.

30 thoughts on “American Eagle – Copper Mountain, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif February 24, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    So are there 120 chairs and cabins overall on the lift. How many of those are cabins?

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    • GreatEight February 24, 2019 / 1:38 pm

      24… one cabin for every 4 chairs

      Liked by 1 person

    • Trail Master August 21, 2021 / 9:58 am

      Do the math 120 chairs, 1 cabin per 4 chairs.


  2. BarkeeStone December 19, 2019 / 10:35 am

    There was one thing I noticed when I rode American eagle is the line sag between tower 7 & 8. Is the sag suppose to be normal or not?


    • Donald Reif December 19, 2019 / 12:30 pm

      There are four fewer towers on the chondola than there were on the high speed quad, 20 towers instead of 24. And yeah, that line sag is pretty large since tower 8 on the quad was about halfway between the current chondola’s towers 7 and 8:

      You also see this with the final climb, as the span between towers 14 and 15 covers what was originally handled by two combi towers, towers 17 and 18:

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    • Max Hart December 19, 2019 / 1:05 pm

      I’ve noticed a ton of sag in every large L-P detachable lift I’ve ridden that was built in the last 8ish years. I’ve never seen a Doppelmayr detachable (ever) with that much sag. I’ve seen long spans on Doppelmayrs, but never that much sag. All of L-P’s bubble chairs in the east have the same sag as AMEagle, and I don’t think it’s just stretch in the haul rope because all 3 of them have been like that since they opened.

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      • GreatEight December 19, 2019 / 3:15 pm

        Ramcharger 8 has a decent amount of sag


        • Max Hart December 19, 2019 / 3:38 pm

          it doesn’t have anywhere near as much as Sunburst, Bluebird, Snowdon, Eagle, and Flyer. Every comparable lift build by Doppelmayr has considerably less sag.

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      • Donald Reif December 19, 2019 / 3:50 pm

        American Flyer had a rather large amount of sag in some parts of the lift line for the first year due to the weight of the bubble chairs. Two points were so problematic that they added infill towers this year between towers 16 and 17, and between towers 22 and 23.


  3. pbropetech December 19, 2019 / 1:23 pm

    The Eagle’s profile is such that it doesn’t really need the extra towers. 8 on the old lift in particular was fairly neutral.

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  4. Kaden K December 30, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    Both times I’ve been to copper with this lift built, it went down for mechanical issues. The problem is is backs up the flyer real badly. It was pretty bad last time because it was a super busy ikon base pass blackout date(copper is one of the few places in Colorado that doesn’t have blackout dates). The bright side of that is I got the Excellerator lift to myself!


    • Kaden K December 30, 2019 / 12:42 pm

      And not to mention even with inline loading, the flyer still stops a lot.


    • Donald Reif December 30, 2019 / 11:10 pm

      Copper’s Master Plan from 2011 called for an infill lift that would allow someone to get from American Flyer and points west to Solitude Station without using American Eagle, bypassing the Center Village.


  5. BarkeeStone December 30, 2019 / 2:44 pm

    One thing I forgot to mention is that American Eagle has some issues on the 6 chairside. The lift operators make people load 3 chairs instead of 4 because there is a problem with the sensor.

    Btw the Inline loading for Flyer kind of helped, but it still stops a lot though. They left the bubbles outside on the line and they had frost all over them.


    • Kaden K January 9, 2020 / 9:19 pm

      I saw some bad stuff happen at the base of the flyer. A kid getting launched off the thing right when he got on somehow. A ski patrol getting hit by a chair trying to get across to the other side and getting pinned to the ground, and just beginners not knowing how to ski and falling.

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      • Donald Reif January 9, 2020 / 9:46 pm

        I assume a lot of those things are things that are more attributable to human error than to the lift itself.


  6. lucas August 26, 2020 / 5:45 pm

    does anyone know if they will complete the new solitude station building for the next ski season, or has that been delayed for covid related reasons


    • pbropetech August 27, 2020 / 11:23 am

      Solitude construction was suspended this summer, part of the fallout from losing five weeks of the season. It will resume next summer, with a new goal date of 2022. While it is being finished the Eagle will not open during the summer.


  7. lucas G August 26, 2020 / 5:48 pm

    I think they are still building it as they only operated woodward express this summer, and I believe they plan to operate american eagle in the summer in the future


  8. Phoenix November 20, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    Fun, errr, not-so-fun-fact about this lift: a cabin fell off the line during testing. A worker was sloppy and left a piece of metal from the construction process where it fell and got stuck in the grip, preventing it from attaching properly.


    • Name here January 27, 2021 / 11:31 pm

      Yeah it really wasn’t a big deal.


      • Phoenix January 28, 2021 / 1:23 am

        Considering it ruined a cabin which costs 10s of thousands of dollars, it was for someone. I’m guessing LPA picked up the tab on it but it definitely was a pricey mistake.


  9. Donald Reif December 24, 2020 / 7:19 am

    The hangar arms on the chairs are much longer than on other LPA lifts, and I’m pretty sure this has to do with the fact that the chair load and unload areas have to be designed such that gondola cabins aren’t making contact with the ramps. It’s noticeable when doing a direct side-by-side between the American Eagle’s chairs and the chairs on any of the other LPA six packs on the I-70 corridors, even the chairs on the American Flyer….


    • Phoenix January 28, 2021 / 11:59 am

      They’ve actually installed little metal steps on the hanger arms to help patrollers climb down the longer arms in a rescue.


  10. Donald Reif May 10, 2021 / 4:09 pm

    Video includes full rides on both the American Eagle and American Flyer, with the Eagle first and Flyer second.

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  11. Henry T May 3, 2022 / 9:18 pm

    Was the top terminal moved downhill a bit when it was replaced?


    • Donald Reif May 3, 2022 / 11:05 pm

      Where the chair offload ramp is presently is about where tower 24 was on the old lift.


    • pbropetech May 4, 2022 / 9:01 am

      Yes. The mound you see unloading from the present lift is the old terminal footer/grip building foundation. Slopes broke up and hauled off the original P-1 footer, but the P-2/P-3 shared footer is pretty big and is still there- just buried. We might get rid of it at some point in the future but it’s not really in the way.


  12. Tucker Stanton February 16, 2023 / 6:55 am

    The information board outside the loading area says that the capacity for each cabin is 6 people, but inside a Sigma sticker shows that maximum is 8. Does anyone know why this is?


    • pbropetech February 16, 2023 / 8:38 am

      Yes. We’ve found that it’s not impossible, but very difficult to load eight people in the time/distance we have between door opening and closing. Think of our cabins as roomy six-passengers instead :)

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