Broadway Express 1 – Mammoth Mountain, CA

This is one of two Lift Engineering detachables retrofitted by Doppelmayr at Mammoth.
Yan Y towers and teardrop chairs.
Yan combo assembly converted to Doppelmayr.
The breakover.
Height-adjustable top drive station.
Unload ramp and operator house.
Doppelmayr lifting frame and combination assemblies.
Return terminal at the Main Lodge.
Lift line view.
Top part of the line seen from Canyon Express, the other Yan detachable.
Lift overview.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

25 thoughts on “Broadway Express 1 – Mammoth Mountain, CA

  1. ALEX June 10, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Per the entry above Broadway is at 2400 PPH not 2800 PPH you have in the Mammoth Mountain lift database


  2. Andrew December 15, 2017 / 11:54 am

    What other lifts do you have pictures of that have the Yan teardrop chairs? I already know about the two at Sun Valley and Canyon Express.

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    • Max Hart December 15, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      The Summit Express (1988 Yan detachable quad) at Pico, VT has Yan Teardrop chairs that were never refurbished the way these chairs were.


      • powderforever21 September 15, 2019 / 9:53 am

        J6 at June has the Metal seatbacks While J7 has these teardrop chairs.


  3. Maxwell Uguccioni March 3, 2019 / 12:25 pm

    When were the metal teardrop chairs replaced with padded teardrop chairs?


    • Cameron Halmrast September 15, 2019 / 4:55 pm

      Shortly after the lift was retrofitted by Doppelmayr and the carrier design is actually Yan’s and not Doppelmayr’s. I’ve always been curious as to why this carrier design only ended up on four lifts.


  4. Chris July 10, 2019 / 9:09 pm

    The lift stopped running during the day last Friday (or maybe Saturday) and didn’t reopen the following days. Apparently had a motor problem.


  5. Collin Parsons July 11, 2019 / 10:18 am

    Would it make sense to replace this lift with a bubble 8 pack to improve out of base capacity? I think they’ve at least thought doing that to replace the other Yan detachable.

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    • Cameron Halmrast September 15, 2019 / 4:59 pm

      Unfortunately not. This lift has a lot of residual ridership with the exception of accessing Chair 23. You are unable to access any other lift access points besides the base lifts.


      • Donald Reif October 16, 2019 / 3:47 pm

        Pretty sure you can access 12 and Face Lift from Broadway.

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        • ski man November 13, 2021 / 6:29 pm

          you can get to facelift from broadway


      • Mike B November 18, 2021 / 11:40 am

        As others have mentioned, the statement above re: accessing other lifts isn’t true. You can get to 23, 3, gondola stage 2, and all lifts from the separate Mill base area (primarily Ch 2 and 10). Ch 1, 16 and 2 would be decent candidates for an 8 pack given their importance of getting people out of their respective base areas. Doubt that comes to pass though given there are no 8 packs at any other Alterra resort.


        • Mammothskier January 10, 2023 / 4:36 am

          You can also easily get to chair 12, and while a technicality, you can also get to chair 5 with a traverse above the snow making pond to Coyote. And even more unreasonable, you can actually traverse high on Coyote and stay high enough across dry creek to get all the way to the top of chair 4. From there you can make it to Canyon/Eagle lodge with ease.


  6. Donald Reif October 16, 2019 / 3:44 pm

    Kinda curious why the Yan conversions never got overhauled with the EJ chairs.


    • pbropetech April 7, 2020 / 9:11 am

      Probably the same reason Mammoth did their own terminal enclosures- cost. While carriers aren’t as expensive as other parts of the retrofit, they still add to the bottom line.


      • ryand1407 December 14, 2022 / 12:17 pm

        There also just isn’t a need. Yan made safe carriers, and by a lot of people’s arguments very comfy ones for their day. They still hold up well.

        Brand new Dopplemyer carriers would be mostly un-noticeable.

        And consider the spine-crusher EJ carriers on 2 & 3.


    • Joe Blake April 7, 2020 / 5:31 pm

      This is entirely subjective, but on several back-to-back (Thanks. I’ll be here all week.) comparisons between the two on Christmas and Lookout at SV, the teardrops are more comfortabler for this Sámi’s back. There are definitely days where I plan my turns around not skiing Chair 6 here at Bogus for similar reasoning. John’s reasoning is more businessy, though. Plus, he actually does lifts whereas I just ski faster.


    • Skier April 7, 2020 / 11:13 pm

      I’m glad they didn’t. The teardrop chairs are way more comfortable than the EJs. The style of chairs on lift 6 at June Mountain on the other hand are not.


  7. Tyler April 6, 2020 / 3:34 pm

    Does this or Canyon have a bottom operator shack? Looks like Face Lift doesn’t either

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  8. Kirk April 6, 2020 / 7:51 pm

    All have standard detachable size lift shacks, face Lift right hand up picture covers lift shack.


  9. skiman November 19, 2021 / 6:17 pm

    here some pictures


  10. ski man November 19, 2021 / 6:18 pm


  11. Logan January 29, 2022 / 2:40 pm

    That view of Mt. Ritter in the background of the tenth photo…absolutely amazing! Mammoth does have some spectacular views of the Ritter Range.


  12. ski man April 17, 2022 / 4:01 pm

    Here is an old picture of this lift in 1965


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