Burns Express – Deer Valley, UT

This shortest detachable in America services a beginner slope called Gnat’s Eye and provides out of base access to the Mountaineer Express.
Side view of the UNI-G top return terminal.
Bottom terminal next to the Snowflake chair.
Portal sheave assemblies.
This lift was one of the first in the United States with auto lowering and locking lap bars. They stay up on the downhill trip.
Salt Lake-manufactured tower head.
Loading area.
View up the short lift line.
Unloading area.
Tower 3.
Upper part of the lift line.
Loading area.
Tower 1.
View riding up the line, which has no ski under.
Arriving at the top station.
Unloading area with automatic bar raising.
Upper terminal near the St. Regis hotel.
Lift overview.
Upper lift line seen from Silver Lake Express.
The entire lift seen from above.

14 thoughts on “Burns Express – Deer Valley, UT

  1. ShangRei Garrett February 10, 2023 / 8:25 pm

    From what I can discern from the photos, it would appear that the lift serves lower Gnat’s Eye, not Little Stick. It doesn’t look to me like you can access Little Stick at all from the top of Burns.


  2. Butterside February 10, 2023 / 8:55 pm

    They didn’t paint the towers green :(


  3. julestheshiba February 11, 2023 / 12:05 pm

    I rode this lift recently, I cant wait for more lifts to get these chairs they are so much better than everything else we get in the American market


  4. Collin Parsons February 11, 2023 / 3:48 pm

    First time I’ve seen a UNI-G with an integrated hold down.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Somebody February 11, 2023 / 5:54 pm

      Chair 5 at Mammoth has it for height adjustability. A lot of UNI-GS have it as well.

      No idea why Deer Valley went with it.


  5. Ethan Williams February 18, 2023 / 7:10 am

    The green UNI-G looks awesome


  6. julestheshiba March 15, 2023 / 5:32 pm

    I am really not sure exactly if this lift is supposed to serve a run or as an access lift. Lower Gnats eye is not really a great beginner run its more of a catwalk to get down to snow park


    • skitheeast March 20, 2023 / 10:42 am

      This is what I was thinking when I went to Deer Valley this year. Lower Gnat’s Eye is not a good beginner run, as it is too narrow and serves more as an access run for people heading from Little Baldy Peak to Snow Park. In all honesty, Upper Gnat’s Eye is better! Wild West does have its issues being at the crowded base, but it is much better than this.

      Deer Valley does have the problem that any land flat and large enough to house a new beginner center probably has houses and other real estate on it already, so they are really boxed in.


  7. bluebottlenose March 20, 2023 / 7:27 am

    This lift is really stupid in my opinion. It does not work as a beginner lift, because it only serves a single road, and if it was meant to be a connection lift it really did not need to be a detach. This would be like if they replaced judge or viking with a detach. And now, the beginner area has half the capacity it used too. In my opinion they should have replaced red cloud or mayflower with a detach. None of these lifts really need to be a detach, but this lift definitely did not need to be a detach.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bluebottlenose March 20, 2023 / 7:29 am

      Or they could have replaced both the original burns and snowflake with a single high speed quad.


      • Carson March 20, 2023 / 3:49 pm

        It was a waste of money regardless of the way I feel that they should have replaced Snowflake with a new triple or quad then relocate the current double to this location. It was a waste of money. Just like the snow park village concept.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Bluebirdbluesky April 1, 2023 / 6:35 pm

    Not the first here to say this, but I don’t get this lift at all.


  9. D Scott April 11, 2023 / 8:34 pm

    I believe the purpose was to give beginner skiers access to Deer Hollow which was previously only accessible by intermediate runs (or the St. Regis funicular).


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