Comet Express – Heavenly, CA/NV

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View up the line from near the base terminal.
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Drive station.
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Lift line.
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CLD-260 terminal and EJ chairs.
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Loading area and maintenance rail.
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Yan operator house.
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Drive shaft.
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Another view of the base terminal.
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View of the line.
Riding up the line.
An empty line.
Nearing the summit.
Doppelmayr CLD-260 terminal.
Unloading ramp.
Side view of the top terminal.
Lift line overview.
Lower lift line.
Top station seen from Dipper.

4 thoughts on “Comet Express – Heavenly, CA/NV

  1. RT February 1, 2020 / 5:57 pm

    FYI, The operators shacks were designed and built in house.

    Fun fact : The California – Nevada state line passes right through the unload ramp! (confirmed in the original lift survey papers).

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    • julestheshiba February 12, 2020 / 8:28 pm

      I understand you worked at lift ops for a while, was this lift (being an 80s detach) a pain to fix or always having things break?

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      • RT February 13, 2020 / 8:52 am

        It was the first detach at Heavenly and it’s always had its fair share of problems, I remember in the 90’s the chairs had a center armrest and when the chair was unbalanced it would trigger a fault at the top station on chair entry, we would spend all day screaming “two on the right!” The lift has conveyor chain technology which just made everything more complex. In the last 10 years it’s had major issues (including a gearbox failure) but that’s no surprise with a lift of this age, it’s definitely due for replacement but I don’t think it’s in the plans.

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        • Donald Reif February 13, 2020 / 10:14 am

          Quite a lot of Doppelmayr HSQs of this vintage had a center armrest. All of the CLD-260s at Vail had them until 2006. Mt. Bachelor had them on all of their Doppelmayr HSQs until well into the 2010s.

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