Cirque – Snowmass, CO

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View from Sheer Bliss.
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Bottom station overview.
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This is a Poma detachable platter lift, invented long ago but rarely found today.
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An automated system launches platters and stops the lift if a rider goes too early.
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View back down to the base.
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Tower 3.
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Another view of a tower.
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Slight turn at tower 10, just before the top.
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Unloading area.
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Last few towers.
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Top bullwheel with tensioning.
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Lift line view.
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The turn.
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Lower lift line.
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Drive station from below.

10 thoughts on “Cirque – Snowmass, CO

  1. Lucas Tokarski January 24, 2018 / 11:28 pm

    what is the benefit of a detachable platter versus a fixed platter?

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    • Michael January 25, 2018 / 8:36 am

      On marginal wind days you don’t have empty platters going up hill, which is normally the windward side.

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  2. Duncan October 28, 2018 / 8:48 am

    I didn’t Poma had continued to manufacture platters into the 90s. Do they still offer it?

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  3. skier72 March 19, 2020 / 7:45 pm

    I believe Smokey Mountain Ski Club in Labrador Canada has a new detachable platter lift. They didn’t opt for the traditional platter, but rather detachable. I can’t think of any other mountains that have new detachable platters.

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    • vons3 January 21, 2021 / 6:26 pm

      Smokie installed two detachable platters that year, not many detachable platters go in anymore as spring box style platter lifts and T-bar lifts are simpler and more cost effective to build.

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  4. Chris March 20, 2020 / 10:35 am

    Detachable Platters are a staple in France, and have also been exported to various other countries. In fact the name “Poma” for a platter comes from the signature Poma detachable platter lift that kick started the company. They are somewhat out of fashion for new build these days, though.

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  5. Mark Ruggiero May 5, 2021 / 10:42 pm

    Sugarbush used to have one. The North Lynx Poma before it became a triple chair.

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  6. Joshua Redman January 8, 2022 / 2:26 pm

    This lift looks very interesting. Certainly with it being a detachable platter.

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  7. pbropetech April 1, 2022 / 11:20 am

    Peter doesn’t have any photos of it, but our original Storm King lift was just like this (minus the turn).

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