Cinch Express – Beaver Creek, CO

Upper lift line view.
Middle part of the line.
Lower lift line.
Garaventa CTEC re-used Doppelmayr tower tubes from the previous Doppelmayr triple chair called Stump Park.
Stealth return station.
Bottom terminal and lift line.
The tower tubes were reused from a previous Doppelmayr fixed-grip.
Arriving at the drive.
Unloading ramp.
View down the upper part of the line.
Middle section.
Top terminal with maintenance rail.

19 thoughts on “Cinch Express – Beaver Creek, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif February 28, 2019 / 9:40 pm

    This was the first Birds of Prey Express lift, using the name from 1996 to 2003 before the Doppelmayr high speed quad that replaced Westfall took up the name.


    • Skiliftguy June 24, 2019 / 1:16 pm

      Do you know why Vail and Beaver Creek went for the Garaventa carriers for their Garaventa CTEC High-speed chairs instead of CTEC carriers? CTEC carriers are in most of the Garaventa CTEC High-speed quads. Cinch Express, Mardi Gras Express in Holiday Valley NY, National Express at Craigleith Ski club ON, Sunnyside at Alta and most of the Garaventa CTEC Stealth III terminals are the only chairs in that manufactuer that went for the Garaventa carriers.


      • Donald Reif June 24, 2019 / 2:59 pm

        It’s interesting you mention that since the CTEC chair design is used on Cascade Village at Vail.


        • themav June 24, 2019 / 5:45 pm

          Cascade Village was built before the ‘Garaventa’ chairs were avaliable.


  2. tjskiloaf17 May 4, 2019 / 4:48 pm

    These aren’t ej chairs right? So what is the model name?


    • themav May 4, 2019 / 5:46 pm

      These are called Garaventa carriers. They were co-developed with CTEC, and are supposed to be the next generation after CTEC’s mid 80s carrier design. When Doppelmayr USA and Garaventa CTEC merged into Doppelmayr CTEC, these became the standard model. They have since been discontinued in favor of the EJ, which is too bad as I think these are more comfortable.


      • pbropetech December 23, 2020 / 12:44 pm

        Pretty sure this model was Garaventa’s proprietary model before it was used on GaraventaCTEC lifts here in the states, but I could be wrong.


      • wolf March 16, 2021 / 6:51 pm

        D-CTEC actually mostly used the CTEC carriers. You are right about it being too bad though, that they discontinued those.


  3. William January 9, 2021 / 6:23 am

    They should make this a 6pack and re locate it to crested butte to be used for gold link or painter boy


    • Donald Reif January 9, 2021 / 11:05 am

      That isn’t going to happen anytime soon, especially with Red Buffalo’s installation siphoning a substantial portion of Cinch’s traffic.


  4. Bob September 22, 2022 / 2:02 pm

    Why didn’t this lift use the terminals specific to Vail and Beaver Creek (the ones on Strawberry Park, among others)? I always thought these terminals were strange, sticking out like a sore thumb at this resort, being the only lift with this terminal style. This seems especially strange, as this lift was built in the middle of installation of lifts with the other, BC/Vail specific terminal style.


    • Ryan September 23, 2022 / 2:14 pm

      Only a ski lift nerd would even notice the difference in terminals. So it really isn’t a big deal to the resort. Consistency doesn’t seem to be important to many in this day and age.


    • Ty November 27, 2022 / 8:02 pm

      This comment is pretty hilarious, when you consider resorts like Breckenridge, Aspen, Winter Park, and Vail, who somehow went with Poma and LPA lifts despite being premium resorts , have nearly a dozen different terminal variants due to Poma and LPA making constant unnecessary changes to their detachable lift terminals between 1984-2015. Feel bad for the lift maintenance crews of those resorts, compared to Beaver Creek, that has a large majority of their detachable lifts sharing the same Uni-G terminal


      • James W November 28, 2022 / 2:48 pm

        So, doppelmayr (with or without CTEC) from 1984-2015 then:

        “CLD-260” and the huge quebec style ones
        UNI (original)
        UNI-M (spacejet)
        UNI-G (vision)
        A few more Stealths post merger
        D-Line, soon after + some custom designs along the way

        I mean… id say that’s comparable to Poma/Leitner-Poma. I don’t know what’s not premium about Poma either. Resorts of all shapes and sizes bought and are buying from both. My understanding is you could get as many extra bells and whistles as you paid for with either firm.

        Whistler Blackcomb alone operates… 7 different kinds of doppelmayr detachable chair terminal model. Im sure the mechanics are more concerned with what type of grip or “the innards” anyway which didn’t change as fast at either company.

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        • pbropetech November 28, 2022 / 4:43 pm

          James, thanks for the support. We are indeed not really concerned with what it looks like on the outside but how it operates on the inside. I’ll replace windows on whatever terminal I’m assigned to but I’m definitely more focused on keeping the lift running for the public. I’m not too fussed about whether it’s a Poma TB-41, a Doppelmayr DS-104, or whatever.


        • Bob November 28, 2022 / 6:44 pm

          @pbropetech, out of curiosity, are there any brands or models of lift that need more often or more costly naintenance than usual? Basically, what lifts are maintenance hogs?


        • pbropetech February 14, 2023 / 3:14 pm

          Sorry for the late reply, Bob. I don’t think there’s any particular brand or model that sticks out as a ‘don’t buy this, it’s a maintenance hog’. Older, higher-hour lifts of any sort are going to take more time and money, but that’s the only commonality.

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      • pbropetech February 14, 2023 / 3:20 pm

        Ty, the guts of many of the lifts you’re referring to are the same. It’s just the enclosures that differed. Our Eagle and Flyer shared the bulk of their parts despite looking vastly different on the outside. Same with Breck’s original Colorado and Beaver Run. I’m not as familiar with the Challenger/Competitions but they seem to have many commonalities with both the Performant before and the Omega after. The Performant, challenger, and Competition all used the TB grips so in many cases the insides are nearly identical. I know the brakes are, even up through the Omegas.


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