Coney Glade – Snowmass, CO

Before the Village Express, Fanny Hill and Coney Glade combined to serve Sam’s Knob.
Poma Alpha detachable drive station.
Lift overview.
Loading area and lift line.
Chain-driven turnaround.
The rope deflects a bunch to make it to the Alpha drive behind the Falcon detachable equipment.
Chain motor.
The acceleration and deceleration tires are driven by shafts rather than belts.
Riding up the line.
Upper lift line with tall towers.
Towers 16 and 17.
Unload ramp and operator house.
Return station overview.
Upper lift line.
Middle portion of the line.
Looking up.
Lower lift line.
Side view of the drive setup.

17 thoughts on “Coney Glade – Snowmass, CO

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

    Would you know what the strange slinky/barbwire object is in photo 2 left of the drive?


    • Michael January 25, 2018 / 8:40 am

      “Cable Art”- made from old ski lift haul ropes!


      • oirnoir September 30, 2020 / 10:40 am

        As I hear, It’s made from the old Sheer Bliss lift (Couloir)


  2. Collin January 25, 2018 / 8:48 am

    This lift looks to be in really good shape for its age. There aren’t many Alpha-Falcons still in service.


    • AmericanMO September 8, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      Especially with Copper replacing the Flyer quad this summer


      • pbropetech November 5, 2021 / 9:00 am

        And now parts from the Flyer are on Coney Glade. I set aside a bunch of stuff for my counterparts when we tore it out- chain parts, tire axle housings, conveyor gearboxes, and some grip parts.

        Also, I’ll beat my favourite dead horse here- there were never any such things as Alpha-Falcons. There once was a lift like this *called* the Falcon, but Poma called these terminals Performant (Performance). If it had an Alpha drive it was called the Alpha Evolutif (Evolution)- although the only Alpha fixed quad that evolved into a Performant detach in North America (that I’m aware of) was the aforementioned F-lift. The rest were all built originally as detachables.

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        • pbropetech November 5, 2021 / 9:07 am

          I’ll amend my statement- seems the original chair 3 at Ajax evolved as well.


  3. Donald M. Reif February 17, 2019 / 11:37 pm

    While this looks like a bit of a “lift to nowhere,” I see this as a nice way for someone traveling from the Big Burn, Sheer Bliss, Alpine Springs, High Alpine or Elk Camp pods to get over to Sam’s Knob without going down to the base area.


    • afski722 April 20, 2020 / 1:46 pm

      Prior to the installation of Village Express, the Coney Clade Express was part of the main egress onto the mountain. The Fanny Hill Express would only get you access to Coney Glade Express or the now-removed Burlingame chair. It used to take 3 lifts to get to the top of Sam’s Knob back in the day.

      It does serve the purpose like you said to help move skiers across the mountain between terrain pods, services the terrain park & superpipe areas, and also acts as a decent area to ride on windy or low visibility days in more protected terrain when the upper mountain is more exposed.


    • Fif July 16, 2020 / 4:13 pm

      It’s mainly used for park laps. It goes from bottom of the park to the start.


  4. skitheeast October 26, 2020 / 12:53 pm

    This lift could probably be removed tomorrow with only park skiers being upset, although they could still use Village Express so it would not be the end of the world for them. This lift’s alignment is suited for the old lift system at Snowmass, so it is unnecessary these days, and I would change it completely if it were to be replaced. Perhaps put the top terminal at the intersection of Lunchline and Bonzai and the bottom terminal towards the top of Fanny Hill to allow for the middle section of Village Express (the park and the blue/green trails off Lunchline) to all be lapped without needing to head all the way to the bottom.


    • Donald Reif November 14, 2020 / 12:58 pm

      I don’t see it as completely unnecessary, since I think it serves as a means to bypass the village base area entirely when transiting from the central and eastern parts of the mountain over to Sam’s Knob and Campground. (Although now looking at some maps, I think it might be possible to use Lunchline to get over to the Sam’s Knob lift from Big Burn and Sheer Bliss).


    • Myles Svec March 12, 2021 / 4:46 pm

      Coney Glade would be good to keep because Village Express stops all the time because of beginners loading it and Village express is also very long.


    • oirnoir August 21, 2021 / 3:47 pm

      I’m not a park skier and I would be extremely upset. Though you can get from Big Burn/Sheer Bliss to Sam’s Knob via Lunchline, It remains the best way to get from Alpine Springs/High Alpine to Sam’s Knob/Campground bypassing the busy base area. The alternative is to use the Sheer Bliss lift, which is a long inefficient detour.
      Besides being a great way to get from Alpine Springs to Sam’s Knob, it’s also the only remaining detachable at Snowmass where you can look up and see the inner workings of the lift, something that most skiers might not appreciate but is one of the finer points of skiing at Snowmass for me.

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  5. Joshua Redman January 8, 2022 / 2:29 pm

    When were tire-driven detachables created? This is a chain-driven.


    • AO March 24, 2022 / 10:59 am

      The cadence chain is only through the contour at the drive. Drive arrival and departure, as well as the entire return are tire driven


    • Donald Reif March 24, 2022 / 11:35 am

      Doppelmayr debuted them on the UNI terminals in 1988/1989. Poma debuted them with the Challenger terminal prototypes in 1990/1991 and full-time beginning in 1992.

      Many older chain-driven detachables of Poma vintage underwent conversion to tire contours in the late 1990s / early 2000s. This was the case for Breck’s older superchairs (the original Colorado and Falcon SuperChairs, which have been since replaced with high speed six packs, along with the still-running Beaver Run SuperChair) and Copper’s original American Flyer.


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