Bluebird Express – Mt. Snow, VT

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Riding up during fall foliage season.
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Leitner-Poma tower head at T8.
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Upper lift line.
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Leitner six-pack bubble chairs near the summit.
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LPA terminal
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Unloading area.
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Chair with open bubble.
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Top drive terminal.
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Another view of the drive station.
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Breakover towers.
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View down the line.
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Bottom terminal and chair storage barn.
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Unloading area at the base.
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Return terminal and operator house.
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View inside the chair barn.
In the winter, both loading and unloading are 90-degrees to the lift line.
Winter unload setup.
View down the line.
Looking up the line.
Lower section of the lift.

16 thoughts on “Bluebird Express – Mt. Snow, VT

  1. Luke H Kirchmayr March 24, 2019 / 9:42 pm

    are those dopplemayr chairs?

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    • Collin Parsons March 24, 2019 / 10:02 pm

      They are Leitner chairs.

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  2. Donald M. Reif March 25, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    This was one of the first Leitner-Pomas with the LPA chairs in the US, and one of the last with the lifting frame design Poma had been using since at least 1994 (they switched over to the current lifting frame design which I liken to a modern retro take on their 1980s lifting frame model, in 2012).

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    • Collin Parsons March 25, 2019 / 1:08 pm

      This was THE first Leitner-Poma to feature the LPA chairs which just so happens to be the bubble variety. In 2013 the non-bubble LPA chairs made their debut at Breckenridge and Blue Mountain, Ontario.

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  3. Kaden K May 22, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    I think 90 degrees unloading is a good idea on bubble chairs. This gives time between the bubble opening and the people unloading.

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  4. Kaden K August 12, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    Is this Leitner-Poma’s first bubble chair?

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    • Maxwell November 5, 2019 / 10:46 pm

      Yes

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      • Cameron Halmrast November 5, 2019 / 11:27 pm

        Isn’t Coleman Brook Express at Okemo the first? The bubbles were added about six years ago.

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        • Donald Reif November 6, 2019 / 6:19 am

          Coleman Brook Express has never had them. The Sunburst Six wasn’t until 2014, and the Jackson Gore conversion into a bubble lift wasn’t until 2015.

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  5. Matthew Toy March 13, 2021 / 7:45 pm

    Personally I’m not a huge fan of the newer LPA detachable terminals, they look a bit too wide and mundane in my opinion. Curious to see other peoples opinions on them however.

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    • pbropetech March 23, 2021 / 9:21 am

      I’m a big fan of them. The width is great for maintenance, as there’s just more room to move around/rig parts/inspect things. You don’t have to turn sideways to get around machinery during a daily inspection. I do like Leitner’s terminals for looks, but they’re not available over here.

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    • BB17 March 25, 2021 / 5:41 pm

      I like the LPA terminals and most of Poma/Leitner-Poma’s other designs. I much prefer the flat wooden underskin of the LPA to the boxy metal structure that most Doppelmayr detachable terminals have on their undersides. The LPA terminals also sound really cool in my opinion.

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      • Donald Reif January 6, 2022 / 8:24 pm

        There’s something I love about the whoosh that LPA and TB-41 grips make when entering and leaving terminals and when passing through sheaves.

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      • pbropetech April 1, 2022 / 6:40 pm

        I’m also a fan of the ‘boxy metal structure’ hanging under the Doppelmayr Uni-G terminals. Like the added width of the LPA structures, it’s designed purely to make our maintenance lives easier. It’s actually structural, so that you can stand on it and inspect/lube the bullwheel and work on the brakes. Far better than putting up a ladder or trying to build scaffolding.

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  6. BB17 January 6, 2022 / 8:21 pm

    I was somewhat surprised that Mount Snow only said this lift was “the first 6-Pack Bubble Chair on the East Coast” in its recent tweet when it was in fact the first on the entire continent. There was a good deal of publicity about this lift when it was being installed, though nowhere near as much as there was for Ramcharger 8 seven years afterward. For example, until 2015 Mount Snow’s trail map had a big banner displaying the slogan “Where Every Day Is A Bluebird Day” at the top. I feel like this lift deserves a bit more recognition for being the first bubble six-pack in North America as it really was the Ramcharger of its day.

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  7. adrskier787 April 1, 2022 / 2:36 pm

    only 2400 skiers? that’s not alot, especially with a 6 pack. That’s worse than lots of high speed quads

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