Christie III – Steamboat, CO

View up the lower line.
Yan towers with Doppelmayr chairs.
Lift line passing the Christie Peak Express angle station.
View up the line.
Upper lift line seen from Christie Peak Express.
Lift Engineering top station with drive.
Tension station down below.
Lift overview.
The breakover.

11 thoughts on “Christie III – Steamboat, CO

  1. Carson July 2, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    How come there is Doppelmayr chairs instead of yan chairs?


    • Ryan July 2, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Steamboat upgraded some of the Yan lifts with Doppie chairs & clips over the years as the time came for the clips to be replaced it was going to be easier and more cost effective for the Yannie lifts they planned to hold onto to upgrade with Doppie stuff. Four Points also received Doppie chairs when it was modified and shortened a bit back in 2012. South Peak also was modified with Doppie chairs and sheaves. Steamboat also threw on Doppie chairs on 2 lifts that have since been removed- a Miner Denver, & a Heron Poma, the old Christie II. Not uncommon for resorts to upgrade their aging YANs with Doppie and Poma gear.


      • Donald M. Reif February 28, 2019 / 8:42 pm

        I don’t think Four Points was shortened 2012, but then again, I might be wrong.


        • Larry Schroeder February 10, 2020 / 2:33 pm

          The current Four Points used to be Storm Peak and went to the top. It was then shortened when Storm Peak Express was installed and the original Four Points lift was removed in 92. The two lifts actually shared a tower where where the Yan lift crossed over.


    • Collin September 5, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      The Doppelmayr chairs on this lift and South Peak came off the old Sunshine lift when it went detachable in 2006. This lift rarely runs and I expect Steamboat to remove it once the Bashor Bowl Gondola and Thunderhead upgrade are complete.


  2. connor January 28, 2019 / 9:31 am

    those depresion sheave trains look sooo dumb and strange with the tire.


    • Joe Blake November 4, 2019 / 10:15 pm

      On the contrary, I’d venture they look like gettin sicker off some chalky cornice in a sweater, CB pants, and parking-lot-find Reusch gate-banger gloves on some K2 Extremes with Geze bindings and Tecnica TNTs. Some green and orange Scott Racer poles if it was a good summer for nickle-nosing. Maybe some Zinka and lost-and-mine Vaurnets and a tripeak beanie. There’s a definite æsthetic, that’s fer sure. Maybe not of a specific moment, but an era; the kind us crotchety geezers get all misty-eyed about.


  3. Donald Reif November 12, 2019 / 7:36 pm

    Back in the days before the Christie Peak Express was built, Christie II and Christie III were essentially like a double-triple or whatever the word is, as their bottom terminals were combined.

    Christie II was like Priest Creek, a lift that had Yan towers, a Yan loading area, and Heron Poma chairs. I think it had a Heron-Poma vault drive too…


    • Donald Reif January 10, 2020 / 3:43 pm

      EDIT: I’ve actually been told those are Heron-Poma towers on Priest Creek and the defunct Christie II, and it’s more likely that Christie II had its loading station replaced when Christie III was added.


  4. Ryan Gardner January 10, 2020 / 3:06 pm

    Been watching the cams at Steamboat and they have been running Christie III a lot this season vs seasons in the past, even with little to no line at CPE.

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    • Donald Reif January 10, 2020 / 3:45 pm

      I’m guessing that means it’s running almost on a daily schedule. To be honest I would argue that’s maybe a good thing since the Christie Peak Express can’t handle all of the traffic that doesn’t want to use the Gondola.


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