Angel Express – Sunshine Village, AB

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Bottom drive terminal next to the Sunshine Gondola.
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Top return terminal.
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View of the top with Continental Divide Express above.
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Looking down the line.
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Poma built only three lifts in North America with this terminal model, all in 1988.
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The bottom station from above.
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Lower station and lift line.
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Tower 16.
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Another look up the line.
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Drive terminal.

19 thoughts on “Angel Express – Sunshine Village, AB

  1. Andrew October 19, 2017 / 10:30 am

    What other lifts in North America were built with this terminal? I know Rainier Express at Crystal has this design too.


    • Peter Landsman October 19, 2017 / 10:39 am

      There’s only one more on this side of the Atlantic…White Peaks Express at Waterville Valley, NH.


      • Donald Reif November 21, 2019 / 11:25 am

        White Peaks bears the distinction of being the only one of these three to be a top-drive. Angel Express and Rainier Express are both bottom-drive lifts.


  2. Kaden K November 20, 2019 / 10:44 pm

    It’s surprising that this is the oldest lift at Sunshine! All the tech here is so new.


  3. Doug Brown December 13, 2019 / 12:17 pm

    Angel Express is in great shape. In no way does it feel like an old life


    • magicwizard423 May 1, 2023 / 6:43 am

      This is the Alpha Evolution terminal. It was built during the 80’s. There are a few still operating in notrh america.

      Doppelmayr built terminals like these but with Doppelmayr components only in North America.



  4. skier72 May 3, 2021 / 10:27 am



    • Donald Reif May 3, 2021 / 11:04 pm

      They’ve given this wood underskirt, I see.


  5. Donald Reif May 3, 2021 / 11:04 pm



  6. Chairliift mania June 3, 2022 / 1:26 pm

    now only 2 of these left


  7. Chairlift mania July 21, 2022 / 8:51 am

    White Peaks Express is getting replaced by a 6 pack from MND ropeways.


  8. Quebeclifts November 8, 2022 / 5:32 pm

    You know LPA needs to hire new terminal designers, when a Poma detachable from the mid 80s, looks more modern and well designed, than LPA terminals from 2022, that are just flat out ugly. Leitner and Poma have beautiful terminal designs outside of North America, so im not sure if the Leitner group just looks down on the North American market, and think were all blind, or just incompetent. I would understand if LPA lifts significantly less than Doppelmayr lifts, since comparing the LPA terminal to the D-Line terminals on appearance, is like comparing a Toyota Corolla, to the Cadillac AT5, but from what ive read, both companies charge roughly the same for detachable lifts, so I just dont get it

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    • Donald Reif November 9, 2022 / 6:13 pm

      I think what color is used on the lift terminals also can do a lot. I feel LPA terminals look better with the wood skin (as places like Breck, Copper, and Okemo have gone for), IMO:


    • Aidan Reilly November 9, 2022 / 10:08 pm

      Poma Detachables from the mid 80’s were very open and provided little to no protection from the elements as seen in the Alpha Evolution and Performant. The modern-day LPA terminals are much nicer.


    • pbropetech November 11, 2022 / 11:07 am

      I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that this may be just your opinion. While the ’88 model looked pretty modern, it was a transition and still had the same machinery housed inside. The North American ‘LPA’ terminals are light-years better in terms of machinery access and design. They also do a much better job of protecting the machinery from the elements. As for the European models, Leitner-Poma of America designs their own. Unless things have changed I don’t think you can get a European terminal in North America. It’s not that the Seeber Group ‘thinks we’re all blind’.


  9. Ty November 11, 2022 / 8:45 pm

    I sort of agree with all of the last 4 comments, especially with the Breck wood LPA terminal cladding looking nice, on a meh structure. I agree Dopp terminals look more streamlined and modern, but LPA lifting towers and chairs on most modern lifts look nicer than Dopp’s equivalents in North America.


  10. Lilly April 30, 2023 / 7:27 pm

    I feel like that Wawa should be the one getting replaced, not Angel.


    • Tommy May 23, 2023 / 9:26 am

      Wawa only has access to around 10-15% of the mountain, Angel is one of the main lifts relied on by skiers here. Angel access more terrain and is older and could do with being replaced as it is breaking down more and more every year. I am not saying Wawa couldn’t do with being replaced but Parks Canada won’t allow it as we saw with Tee Pee town LX and they simply don’t want to spend 10million for a lift that doesn’t access any remarkable terrain and this lift is just fine for beginners for the next 10 years atleast


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