Chile Express – Angel Fire, NM

This lift missed becoming the longest high speed quad by 20 feet and one year.  It is 20 feet shorter and one year newer than the Slide Brook Express in Vermont.
The lift line.
The quad replaced two consecutive 5,000 foot Riblet triples, which themselves replaced a PHB gondola.
The bottom terminal and operator house.
Another view of the bottom terminal.
Looking up from the base area.
Tower 1.
Riding up the line.
View back down the line.
Last section of the line.
Depression tower 26.
Looking back down the line.
Breakover towers.
Arriving at the drive.
Unloading area and operator house.
View up at tower 23.
Much of the lift line is quite flat.
Tower 20.
Riding up at tower 11.
View down from the summit.
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11 thoughts on “Chile Express – Angel Fire, NM

  1. Carson February 1, 2019 / 7:35 pm

    Why was the gondola replaced?

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  2. Robin May March 1, 2019 / 9:17 am

    It never made off the dock. It was purchased and the the original ownership filed bankruptcy. The first lifts connecting front and back basins were the end to end ’79 Riblet Triples. They were replaced by this lift in 96

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  3. Maxwell May 19, 2019 / 10:53 pm

    Is this the only Poma high-speed quad that runs at 1200 fpm?

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    • Donald Reif May 19, 2019 / 11:37 pm

      Snowmass’s run at 1,100 fpm.

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      • Robin May 20, 2019 / 5:47 am

        I don’t know. That is what it was spec’d at. Like all of them we don’t spin at full gas much.

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        • Teddy's Lift World May 20, 2019 / 9:39 am

          If I owned Angel Fire I would run this 1000 FPM midweek and 1200 only when crowds pick up.

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      • Collin Parsons May 20, 2019 / 9:43 am

        Sheer Bliss at Snowmass and Shooting Star and Vista at Mount Hood Meadows are also 1200.

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        • Donald Reif May 20, 2019 / 1:43 pm

          South Face at Killington has run at 1,200 (it’s just a year or so newer than Chile Express).

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        • Collin Parsons May 20, 2019 / 5:33 pm

          Killington does not have a lift called South Face. Their Skyeship Gondola is rated for and sometimes runs 1200. Okemo’s South Face Express can operate at a top speed of 1100 feet per minute.

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  4. Donald Reif May 20, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    *I meant South Face, not South Ridge. The names can blur so easily.

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  5. Donald Reif May 20, 2019 / 6:30 pm

    I’m very intrigued by how they put the tower number plates on the catwalks on the uphill side rather than on the lifting frames here for most of the towers. Interesting choice.

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