Comstock Express – Northstar, CA

Return terminal next to Arrow Express.
Loading area and turnaround.
Riding up the long lift line.
Upper part of the line.
View down the line.
Breakover towers.
Drive station arrival side.
Unloading ramp.
Lower part of the line.
Side view of the return terminal.
Top station.
Lift line overview.
Lift line upper section.
Lower part of the line.
Departure side at the bottom.
Drive station next to the Backside Express.

7 thoughts on “Comstock Express – Northstar, CA

  1. Donald M. Reif March 24, 2019 / 12:25 pm

    This lift has the earlier generation UNI terminal model, compared to the other three Doppelmayr DS high speed quads at Northstar. This is the one where there is no ‘stack’ on the return station to match the one on the drive terminal. This lift was originally the upper lift in a pair of identical model UNI high speed quads, the lower one being the Aspen Express (which ran from Big Springs up to the bottom of Rendezvous), which ran until 1994 when it was removed and parts recycled for the Vista Express and Arrow Express, with Arrow functioning as a route to go straight to Comstack while Vista serves the Aspen Express’s old pod and then some more, and also can be used to get to Comstack.

    Of these four, Comstack also is unique for having a height adjustable unload station at the top but no height adjustable terminal at the bottom, unlike the other three, which all have height adjustable loading stations. (I think that also explains the set of hold-down sheaves entering or leaving the upper terminal on both Comstack and Vista).


  2. Donald Reif December 11, 2020 / 1:55 pm


  3. Myles Svec September 23, 2021 / 5:36 pm

    Will this get scrapped when it gets replaced by the 6 pack, or relocated?


    • Utah Lost Ski Area Project September 23, 2021 / 5:40 pm

      I would guess that everything but the grips and terminals could be reused for a Red Buffalo like relocation.


      • Donald Reif September 24, 2021 / 2:05 pm

        Rendezvous serves as a reliever lift for Comstock, but I could see them upgrading Rendezvous on a longer alignment extending down to Comstock’s starting point.


      • skitheeast September 24, 2021 / 2:10 pm

        To be quite honest, I could see them using this as an excuse to remove Rendezvous entirely like they did with Argentine at Keystone and Peru’s six-pack upgrade.


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