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.

13 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.


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