Christie Peak Express – Steamboat, CO

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Leitner-Poma Omega detachable terminal at the base.
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Tri-leg return station.
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View up the line on stage I.
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Tower 3.
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Looking up stage II.
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The angle station.
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View towards the summit.
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Side view of the mid-station with turn.
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View down stage I.
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Angle station from below.
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Top station with maintenance bay.
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Triple tower with shared tubes.
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Top station maintenance rail.
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Riding up in winter
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Top station side view.
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Lift line view from the gondola.
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Stage II line.
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Just before the angle station.
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Towers 17-19 share two tubes.
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8 thoughts on “Christie Peak Express – Steamboat, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif February 27, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    The altitude at the top of the Christie Peak Express is lower than the altitude of the loading station on the Storm Peak Express, due to the geography of the terrain.

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  2. Donald M. Reif February 27, 2019 / 8:13 pm

    These photos are from before Steamboat built their alpine coaster around the lift from the bottom up through tower 12.

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  3. Collin Parsons February 27, 2019 / 8:35 pm

    I like how this lift so nicely cleaned up the base area and improved operational efficiency. Before, it was a tangled mess of 5 fixed grip lifts. Three double chairs (Headwall, Preview, and Christie 2) were removed and this lift has higher capacity than all of them combined. The South Face Triple was also realigned to become the new Preview, a dedicated beginner lift. When I was at Steamboat in December 2015, I much preferred riding this lift to the Thunderhead Express over riding the gondola which ran painfully slow, stopped frequently, and had a massive line. However, next year with the second phase of the gondola upgrade, it will no longer be the highest capacity lift out of the base area.

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    • GreatEight February 27, 2019 / 10:43 pm

      Do we know yet if the new gondola will be a completely new system or just further upgrades of the existing one??

      Supposed to be 3600 p/h and a 8 person right?

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      • Collin Parsons February 27, 2019 / 10:57 pm

        It’s replacing basically everything not replaced in 2017. New cabins, towers, motor, and drive bullwheel. Sticking with 8 person cabins but increasing capacity to 3600 by having 12 more and increasing line speed to 1200 feet per minute.

        I don’t think loading will be an issue on the new gondola because there is a ton of space on the platforms due to the terminals being super long and the fact that the new cabins will be level walk in to further speed things up. Interval will be 8 seconds.

        Christie has a capacity of 3200/hr but not all of it can be used for out of base traffic because beginners get off at the mid station. During the morning rush I think they encourage beginners to use the Preview Triple to allow more of this lift’s capacity to bring people out of the base. The Bashor Bowl complex will alleviate this further.

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        • Donald M. Reif February 28, 2019 / 8:29 pm

          Which is especially important whenever the gondola is on wind hold.

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    • Donald Reif May 20, 2019 / 6:36 pm

      My first time to Steamboat was the year that they built Christie Peak Express. And I always started out going this lift to the Thunderhead Express lift, thanks to the little warmup run one gets migrating over.

      Since these photos were taken, the hill has become a bit cluttered with the installation of the alpine coaster, which revolves around the lift line from tower 11 on down. But is still better than the pre-2007 gaggle of chairlifts.

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  4. Donald M. Reif February 28, 2019 / 8:37 pm

    I think this was the first six pack in Colorado to be built without footrests, due to the midway unload station.

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