Double Diamond/Southern Cross – Stevens Pass, WA

Drive terminal on the Double Diamond side.
Looking back at the drive terminal.
Double Diamond’s very steep lift line.
Breakover towers on Double Diamond.
Southern Cross unload ramp.
Lift line on the Southern Cross side.
Southern Cross side tension terminal.
Looking up Southern Cross in Mill Valley.
Southern Cross side.
Double Diamond unload ramp.
Return terminal in the summer.

17 thoughts on “Double Diamond/Southern Cross – Stevens Pass, WA

  1. Ryan August 27, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    what is on the plaque on the return terminal? (last photo)


    • John October 25, 2018 / 2:17 pm

      A memorial to Jim Sullivan, who built many Riblets in the PNW. My dad worked for him on at least three (at Alpental). Apparently when he was building lifts at Stevens he saw the potential of Mill Valley.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Brian Stringer February 22, 2019 / 6:39 pm

        When did this lift go into service?


        • Raj Thoro January 26, 2020 / 10:25 pm


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  2. Duncan September 11, 2018 / 11:54 am

    How common are fixed grip lifts like these?


  3. New England Chairlifts & Skiing August 15, 2019 / 2:36 pm

    Why are there expert only signs at Double Diamond when it goes to the same place as Southern Cross which Dosent have Expert signs?


    • Che Guevara August 15, 2019 / 5:18 pm

      Double diamond is a black diamond run on the northwest side of the up and over lift. The southeast side is served by a blue run


  4. Donald Reif December 27, 2019 / 11:59 am

    I’m assuming that 2,466 foot vertical rise this lift is listed as having on the spreadsheet is the vertical rises of the Southern Cross and Double DIamond sides combined.


  5. Benjamin Edwards February 5, 2020 / 7:52 pm

    Can you ride this up and over and get off at the other side?


  6. Donald Reif January 26, 2021 / 8:37 am

    Southern Cross side:

    Double Diamond side:


  7. Myles Svec March 4, 2021 / 9:01 pm

    Would it be possible to eventually replace this lift with a HSQ but with the shared unload terminal? It would be very expensive and I’m not sure about skier volume here to make it worthwhile but would it be possible?


    • skitheeast April 4, 2021 / 8:16 pm

      Skier volume would certainly not be the problem here. It would probably be better for any replacement to be two separate lifts, as you mentioned how the cost would be an issue. Plus, there is really no benefit to having a two-stage lift these days where riders are forced to get off halfway.

      If I were to replace this lift, I would install two detachable quads: one in the existing Southern Cross location and one from the main base to the top of Big Chief Mountain. The reason for the realigned Double Diamond is to provide easier access to Mill Valley, as that is its main purpose anyway, so going down to the base will better help do that and also relieve Kehr. Additionally, it will be even more fun to lap with longer runs for advanced skiers.

      With this lift currently experiencing maintenance issues, and Vail growing the number of Epic passes in the Seattle market, maybe an upgrade is in order sooner rather than later.


  8. Evilcamels March 23, 2022 / 11:07 am

    Question I have always had on this vintage of CTEC lifts, why do so many have a tall pillar in the rear of a the tension terminal? Is it a carryover from height-adjustable terminals? Always seemed like excess steel with no purpose.


    • Evilcamels March 23, 2022 / 11:08 am

      Of course, I had the immediate realization after posting that it probably contains the counterweight…

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Will February 10, 2023 / 8:58 pm

    I love this lift, but I hope it gets replaced soon; reason being: it would fit perfectly at a new ski hill I’ve envisioned in NE WA.

    The idea would be to buy Double Diamond from Stevens Pass and put it across the NW most ridge of Molybdenite Mountain. It would be aligned NE to SW, with a midstation at around 6200ft.

    It’s private land, a square-shaped 639.76 acre parcel owned by the Stimson Lumber Co, so someone with enough cash could theoretically do this. Search for parcel number 443707000000 on the Pend Oreille County parcel map.

    With the relatively high elevation, substantial snowfall (being far enough NE in WA), steep rocky terrain, and logging roads already in place to aid lift construction, I think this parcel might be the most feasible place to put a new ski hill in the entire state of Washington. Could help in revitalizing the local economy in Ione and Metaline Falls.


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