American Eagle – Copper Mountain, CO

Bottom terminal at the Village at Copper.
I believe this terminal was called the Poma Competition.
Another view of the bottom terminal.
Lower terminal and lift line.
Tower 6.
Tower 21.
Arriving at the drive station.
Unloading area and maintenance rail.
The top terminal building.
Riding down in the summer.
Tower 5.
Grip maintenance garage at the drive.
Lift line overview.
Tower 15.
T11 looking towards the Center Village.

10 thoughts on “American Eagle – Copper Mountain, CO

  1. Jonatha May 2, 2018 / 9:04 am

    If you go to Copper Mtns, Winter Park’s, Lovelands and Big Sky’s web cams, you can see the construction on the new lifts


  2. Kaden K June 10, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    Did this have chain driven terminals?


    • Donald Reif June 10, 2019 / 3:57 pm

      As evidenced by the YouTube video I posted above, it did. It actually kept them all the way to 2018, much longer than other lifts of similar vintage (the Beaver Run SuperChair, built around the same time as American Eagle, got converted to tire-driven contours in 1999).


      • Kaden K December 23, 2019 / 10:45 am

        Was the old flyer converted? It’s older but had tires.


        • pbropetech April 6, 2020 / 7:21 am

          Yes. We removed the chains in ‘05. Had enough issues with the spacing software that we kept the chains on the Eagle until the end.


  3. Donald Reif December 15, 2019 / 9:40 am

    There seem to have been two variants of the Competition terminal built. Some of them had slanted ends where the chairs entered, like on American Eagle here, and the Squaw One Express, while others like the North Ridge Express and Beaver Run SuperChair have flat ends:

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      • Donald Reif December 15, 2019 / 1:33 pm

        Not that many. The Luis Express, North Ridge Express, Beaver Run SuperChair, American Eagle, and Squaw One Express are the only ones I can think of that were built with these terminals.

        Worth noting is that the prototype Challenger terminals were first introduced in 1990, same year that the Beaver Run SuperChair and North Ridge Express were built; these were on the Zephyr Express (defunct) at Winter Park, and the Mystic Express at Mount Norquay:

        As you can see, they were a bit of a transition from the Competition terminal to the Challenger terminal, as these prototypes are compressed versions of the Competition terminals of the Beaver Run SuperChair and North Ridge Express, with two masts instead of three, and no overhang or provisions for a catwalk where the chairs enter and leave.

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        • xlr8r December 15, 2019 / 5:02 pm

          There are also two Challenger terminal quads at Mont Ste Marie that only have a full height enclosure on half the length of the bottom terminals. They both have Arceaux chairs.


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