Cloudchaser – Mt. Bachelor, OR

Cloudchaser opened 635 acres of new terrain for the 2016-17 season.
View down from tower 7, with the number marked twice for good measure.
Riding up the line.
View back down towards the Cascade Lakes Highway.
Towers near the top.
Doppelmayr Uni-G-M station.
The top return terminal.
Lift line overview.
Middle section of the lift line.
View up towards the top terminal.
Lower lift line.
Bottom terminal with depression towers 1 and 2.
Loading area and drive station.
Taco, hanger and grip passing through a combo assembly.
Unload ramp up top.
Side view of the return.
Chair parking for above treeline chairs at the bottom terminal.
Loading area with no shortage of signs.
Side view of the drive.
DT-104 grip.

2 thoughts on “Cloudchaser – Mt. Bachelor, OR

  1. Cameron Halmrast January 14, 2022 / 8:38 pm

    Posted by Sam Mortensen on the Mt. Bachelor Conditions group page on Facebook.

    “Cloudchaser was originally commissioned for the Sochi Olympics. It was originally designed for a completely different profile (rise over run, bottom drive vs top drive, etc). The contract between the Olympic committee and Dopplemayr fell through, so Bachelor bought the lift at a highly discounted price (roughly $6.5 million vs. $11 million.)That is why Cloud suffers from so many issues.

    It’s also a nightmare to try and maintain. There’s no porch or catwalk on the terminals, like almost every other lift at Bachelor, for cleaning ice and rime from the grips. The towers don’t have catwalks to help clean sheaves of ice and rime. The drive is at the bottom, unlike almost every lift at Bachelor except summit. That puts the tension system at the top, and with all the ups and downs in that lift profile, the dynamics get all whacked out depending on how it is loaded.
    Those are just a few of its shortcomings where Mt Bachelor specifically is not what it was designed for.”

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    • Peter Landsman January 14, 2022 / 8:49 pm

      Like many things found on Facebook, I’m skeptical that is true. Cloudchaser is clearly a North American lift with towers and lift shacks from Salt Lake. $11 million sounds high for a high speed quad 5 years ago. Nevermind that in the same thread, the same person claims they get “counterweight faults” on a lift with no counterweight.

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