Crystal Express – Diamond Peak, NV

The Crystal Express replaced a fixed-grip quad in the same alignment.
Riding up the line.
Arriving at the drive.
Doppelmayr Uni-G terminal.
Towers were re-used from the previous Doppelmayr chairlift.
Another view of the lift line.
Upper part of the line.
Towers 1 and 2.
Return terminal side view.
The rear mast and operator house were also saved from the old lift.
Top station overview.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

8 thoughts on “Crystal Express – Diamond Peak, NV

  1. Jordan Smith October 16, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    I actually wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the North Tahoe Bonanza when I was in elementary school (’01 or ’02 probably) lamenting the 10+ minute ride time of the old fixed grip Crystal and petitioned for a detachable replacement- I’m sure this was already in the works, but I got my wish shortly thereafter! This chair serves some of my all-time favorite terrain anywhere.

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  2. Collin May 27, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    This one of very few detachables in North America that require riding a fixed grip first to get to. Two others are Liberator at Mission Ridge and Homewood Express at Homewood.


    • Max Hart May 27, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      Imperial at Breck and Jordan Bowl at Sunday River are a few more.


    • Collin May 27, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      Jordan you can get to if you are staying in their hotel so that doesn’t count. The first year it was open it did count though.


    • U August 8, 2018 / 10:53 pm

      Both detachable at Red Lodge Mtn, MT as well.


    • Thomas Jett August 9, 2018 / 1:55 am

      Don’t forget June Mountain, which has two Yan detachables accessible only by a Riblet double.


    • Andy August 9, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      here is another example: the Couloir Express quad detachable at White Pass requires riding the Basin Quad, a non detachable.


      • Cameron Halmrast August 9, 2018 / 8:10 pm

        It’s all about residual ridership where detachables are placed. It doesn’t make sense to make a lift a detachable if its only going to be ridden once by you for the majority of the day unless it’s super long and a workhorse.


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