Eagle Express – Solitude, UT

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Bottom terminal and portal towers.
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View up from the base.
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Another view of the bottom station.
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CTEC chairs with VonRoll detachable equipment.
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Lots of moving parts.
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Chain-driven turnaround.
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Back view of the bottom.
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There is a huge vault underneath the bottom terminal which houses the drive and storage.
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View down the line in the summer.
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Top towers and terminal.
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Tall towers.
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View down line.
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Top terminal.
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Return bullwheel.

17 thoughts on “Eagle Express – Solitude, UT

  1. Ryan July 2, 2017 / 12:34 am

    This lift is a beauty. She’ll be 30 years old in 2019. I wonder what they will do… likely replace her? What a shame if they do.

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  2. Cameron Halmrast July 2, 2017 / 10:23 am

    It should be noted that this lift was actually a join venture between VonRoll and CTEC when they were in talks of merging when it was built. However, the merger never happened. It wasn’t like VonRoll sourcing carriers because CTEC was based in Salt Lake City for cost savings. However, I’m kind of surprised this lift never received new carriers due to it not having a taco between the hanger arm and bail which equates to a bumpy ride at times.

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  3. Carson July 5, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I doubt that the lift will stay up much longer :( If you guys have not herd there have been many problems. First high speed in Utah!

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    • Carson November 27, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      The lift chairs are very smooth on the ride really nice

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    • Ted March 8, 2019 / 7:27 am

      Same year as prospector detachable at Park City.

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      • themav April 4, 2019 / 11:13 pm

        Same year, different manufacturer, totally different outcome. I wonder what Solitude’s management thought when the Yan detach lifts all needed to be replaced, and their weird CTEC lift was totally fine. Also, was this the only CTEC lift to use VonRoll grips? I know CTEC switched to Garaventa basically right after this lift was built.

        I wonder how long it will be until Alterra replaces this lift. 1989 is pretty old by detachable lift standards, depending on the quality of construction, they may be able to get another 3-5 years out of it. In 2024 (hypothetically) this machine will be 35 years old. We all know what has been happening to 35 year old 80s chain-driven lifts that were installed in other areas. I have to imagine replacement parts are almost non existent for this lift. While Doppelmayr controls VonRoll and CTEC replacement parts, I’m sure there’s lots of unique parts in this lift.

        I need to go ride this lift before it’s gone, I’ll be honest I’ve never skied at Solitude despite living in Utah.

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        • Somebody April 5, 2019 / 5:58 am

          As far as I know, this was just a one time partnership with vonroll when they were considering merging with CTEC, but the deal fell through. I think the next detachable CTEC built were in 1992 actually (as far as I can tell), so there was a gap where they couldn’t build detachables.

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        • Collin Parsons April 5, 2019 / 6:46 am

          CTEC did build a high speed quad in 1991. It’s the one at Whitetail, PA. This was their first where they used Garaventa technology, but I’m not sure if it was after the merger or just a partnership like this lift.

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        • Max Hart April 5, 2019 / 8:54 am

          The Garaventa CTEC merger didn’t really happen until 1994. From 1991 to 1993 (including Stealth I detachables) CTEC was technically building its own detachables with Garaventa detachable equipment. In 1994 (same year as the Stealth II was introduced), the merger happened but other than that very little changed in North America. Everyone seems to call Garaventa CTEC detachables “Garaventa lifts” when in reality most (all but the grips) of the technology was engineered by CTEC in Salt Lake City.

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        • Donald M. Reif April 5, 2019 / 10:05 am

          The Great Western Express and Grouse Mountain Express were also 1990/1991 installations.

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        • themav April 5, 2019 / 10:10 am

          It looks like in 1990, CTEC had another detach installation, this time in California. https://liftblog.com/bear-mountain-express-9-bear-mountain-ca/
          Based on the pictures provided it appears to have Garaventa grips.

          Does anyone know why CTEC partnered with other companies for their grips, rather than design their own grip in-house?

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        • vons3 March 19, 2020 / 3:25 pm

          Doubt this lift is going away for awhile It was heavily rebuilt and should be good for another 5-10 years.

          Jan Leonard head of CTEC was an old Hall lift guy so that is were the initial idea for the von roll partnership came from unfortunately for Von Roll during the project the CTEC relationship had soured and they would never gain much market share in the US.

          Garaventa had left the US market after getting sued over the Squaw tram accident, Jan had met them at one of the triad fairs in Europe and convinced them to licence their grip and conveyor element designs so CTEC could provide detachables without having to develop the expensive technology. It was a good deal for both, Garaventa would get access to the US market without direct legal exposure and CTEC would get to sell a very economical Detachable due to being able to manufacture it entirely outside of Europe. Around 94 Garaventa realized that CTEC had developed quite a market for their product and when the opportunity arose due to a slow year (ie. CTEC was hurting financially)Garaventa bought CTEC. Like Max has said the Garaventa CTEC detachables are a Salt lake office design with elements from Garaventa’s design book.

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  4. Raj Thorp February 21, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    Are there any other VonRoll/CTEC lifts in North America? Never heard of one before

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    • skier72 March 19, 2020 / 10:38 am

      Nope, this was a one-off project when CTEC was going to merge with VonRoll. The merge didn’t happen, and all we have is this lift. One curious thing, the lift used to have both the CTEC and VonRoll logos on it, but these have apparently been removed.

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  5. Tyler March 19, 2020 / 9:27 am

    It looks like the Doppelmayr European towerheads share some VonRoll DNA. The lifting frames here are from CTEC but the crossarms look a lot like the ones currently used in Europe.

    Is this the only CTEC HSQ with the “fixed grip” version of the CTEC chairs instead of the detachable ones? Later CTEC detachable quad chairs have a beefier top of the bail. Compare these to the Bear Mountain chairs.

    Curious how this is holding up compared to the CLD-260s from the same era at Vail. Those have widely used DS grips and EJ chairs and Vail has removed 5 of them so far so they must have a big parts bin to keep the remaining 3 alive.

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