Cedar Park Express – Schweitzer, ID

The Snow Ghost double was replaced in 2019 with two lifts in new alignment. This is the lower of those two.
The top breakover.
Top return terminal.
You can see the top of the Colburn triple in the background.
View down at tower 14.
This lift is further north than the Snow Ghost was.
Upper part of the lift line.
A four section splice tower.
Tower 11.
Upper part of the lift line with the Idyle Our T-Bar area in the background.
Lower part of the line.
Tower 6.
Loading are maze areas.
LPA drive terminal.
This was the first lift ever built by the Poma group at Schweitzer.
Drive terminal side view.
Leaving the bottom terminal.
Detachable grip.
A chair manufactured by Leitner in Austria.
View back down the line.
Side view of a quad chair.
Nearing the summit.
Tower 12 with combination assemblies.
Breakover towers.
View down near the summit.
Arriving at the return.
Unloading area and Leitner-Poma operator house.
Top terminal underskin.
Upper station overview.
Lower part of the line.
This lift runs in a similar alignment to the original Timber Cruiser double decades before.
Bottom terminal and tower 1.
Side view.
Upper station overview.
The return station seen from the top of Sunnyside.
Terminal with a view.
The top terminal.
Looking up the lift line.

9 thoughts on “Cedar Park Express – Schweitzer, ID

  1. Mike Jodogna February 28, 2020 / 8:16 pm

    Why were these manufactured in austria and not at LPA? Or are the chairs manufactured in Austria and sent here?

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    • pbropetech April 7, 2020 / 9:25 am

      The carriers are built in Europe (at one of several factories) and sent here, as far as I know. Since I didn’t see the bid process when we built ours (a year before this one) I don’t know the exact options you get here in North America, but I think the only ones built in GJ now are the fixed-grip carriers with the Omega/swoop design. Could be wrong on that.

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    • Chris April 7, 2020 / 1:35 pm

      Telfs in Austria (only about an hour away from Leitner headquarters) is their “competence center” for chairlift carriers.

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  2. Alex Kennedy February 15, 2021 / 10:04 pm

    Does Leitner-Poma still make detachable lifts with Omegas?

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  3. theincsupport April 2, 2021 / 3:37 pm

    Does anyone know why they didn’t extend this to the summit? The triple is quite slow and cumbersome.

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    • julestheshiba April 2, 2021 / 4:40 pm

      probably wind, it does not look like there is much tree cover.

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    • skitheeast April 2, 2021 / 4:54 pm

      Two reasons. First, they wanted to separate the intermediate and advanced skiers. The old Snow Ghost had a midstation to access most of the intermediate terrain, as the summit has mostly black trails. By having the lower lift end at the midstation to serve the intermediate terrain and the upper lift serve the advanced/expert terrain from the summit, everyone can lap only the terrain of their choice. Yes, they could have installed a two-stage detachable or a single stage with a midstation, but that would have been expensive and continued to force all advanced/expert skiers to head all the way down Vagabond for laps. The second reason is wind. When it gets too windy at the summit, the lower lift can still operate.

      This is what they did on the other side of the mountain when Lakeview & Basin Express replaced Chair 1. They liked the results there, so they did the same here.

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      • theincsupport April 2, 2021 / 5:02 pm

        Interesting.

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      • Anthony April 2, 2021 / 5:45 pm

        Count me among the people who was really skeptical of this layout at first. But it works really well because it allows you to lap Lakeside Chutes––almost like the Face/A/B on the front side. Would almost be nice to have a companion lift on the other side of Kaniksu.

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