Eagle Wind – Winter Park, CO

The breakover.
This lift was relocated from Outrigger.
Middle part of the lift line.
Lower lift line.
Depression tower.
Loading area at the base.
Bottom tension station.
Lift line overview.
Riding up the line.
Looking back down.
Top station motor room.
Unloading ramp and operator house.

17 thoughts on “Eagle Wind – Winter Park, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif March 21, 2019 / 1:43 pm

    The lift started as Outrigger in 1978, running parallel to the Eskimo and Apollo double chairlifts, and replacing a T-Bar. Outrigger didn’t stop at Sunspot, the summit of the Winter Park complex, but rather, continued past Sunspot to a point on March Hare below the top of the Olympia Express lift.

    The lift was reduced to an auxiliary lift in 1999 after the Eskimo Express lift went in, and was abandoned in 2003. The lift sat abandoned for two years, with no chairs on the line. In 2005, the towers below Cranmer Cutoff were removed, as were the haul ropes. And in 2006, everything else was removed and moved to create Eagle Wind.


  2. Donald Reif December 26, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    The lifting frames were added in 2006 with the relocation to Eagle Wind, as the lift didn’t have them when it was Outrigger.


    • Lift Expert November 17, 2020 / 8:06 pm

      When I saw the lift at Skilifts.org I thought the lift was a pulse lift.


    • Henry T December 3, 2020 / 10:56 am

      Where did the lifting frames come from?


      • Donald Reif December 3, 2020 / 10:59 am

        I assume they were aftermarket ones.


    • Donald Reif December 9, 2020 / 1:48 pm

      Here’s the upper part of Outrigger when it had chairs:


  3. Lift Mapper November 30, 2020 / 5:51 pm

    If you could change anything about this lift, what would it be and why?


  4. Donald Reif January 4, 2022 / 9:10 pm

    When this was Outrigger, it had the interesting distinction of how you couldn’t reach the Outrigger trail from the Outrigger chairlift, simply because the lift bypassed Sunspot entirely; you’d have to take Explorer to get to the Outrigger trail. This is apparent when looking at the map from one of its last years in operation, which list the lift as only serving green and blue runs.


    • V12Tommy January 23, 2022 / 7:57 pm

      I think you mean that you’d have to take the Eskimo lift to get to the Outrigger trail. You could also take the rope tow up to Sunspot too.


  5. Joshua Redman January 8, 2022 / 1:04 pm

    Was anything added to Outrigger when it became Eagle Wind?


  6. Joshua Redman January 8, 2022 / 1:05 pm

    Other than the tower heads, and lifting frames.


  7. Aidan Reilly October 31, 2022 / 7:31 pm

    This lift got a “new” return bull wheel. It came from Steamboat, and I would assume it either came from Preview or Christie 3.


  8. Skier October 31, 2022 / 9:15 pm

    That’s a thicc drive station. And it has two different sets of stairs to access it. Odd


    • Aidan Reilly October 31, 2022 / 9:52 pm

      Looking at older pictures it only used to have one staircase, the one in the middle of the line.


    • BB17 October 31, 2022 / 10:20 pm

      It’s definitely a unique design. To me it sort of resembles Doppelmayr fixed drive stations from the 90s.


    • pbropetech November 26, 2022 / 5:10 pm

      It’s a modification of the standard Yan box from that era. I’ve seen others with an addition exactly the size of the drive and control cabinet. Some of the bigger/higher horsepower lifts were a little cramped, and even some of the smaller ones. The easy solution was to add on to the terminal and put the cabinet in there.


  9. Craig November 26, 2022 / 10:09 am

    100% roadless construction, all helicopter and spiders.


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