East Rim #5 – Whitefish, MT

This lift was moved to the East Rim in 2017 from the area along the upper part of the Big Mountain Express.
The top part of the line is relatively flat.
Upper lift line.
Middle section of the line.
The lift goes over a big cliff.
View down from the cliff.
Highest part of the line.
View down at T4.
Skytrac installed and upgraded the tensioning to a hydraulic system.
View up from the base.
Return bullwheel.
CTEC towers with upgraded Skytrac sheaves and lifting frame.
View back down the line.
Breakover towers.
Upper part of the line.
Arriving at the drive.
Bottom terminal seen from above.
Lift overview.

10 thoughts on “East Rim #5 – Whitefish, MT

  1. Matt Campbell March 16, 2018 / 12:50 am

    Just rode this lift last week. Thanks to the cliff it’s one of the scariest chairs I’ve ever ridden, very similar to Whistler’s peak chair. But great location, it really transforms how you ski this area of the resort.


    • snowbasinlocal12894 November 8, 2018 / 10:33 am

      If you ride middle bowl triple at snowbasin. the lift line gets super high because it crosses a trail that is in a small ravine/canyon. I been on peak express at whistler blackcomb and it did not scare me but was super fun to ride. Middle bowl I hold on extra tight because its the only lift a snowbasin without restraining bars. Its also the oldest at snowbasin since wildcat got replaced.


  2. Jim Anderson February 22, 2020 / 8:16 am

    This chair should be removed once the new high speed quad from base to summit is possibly built. I’ve skied at Whitefish for 13 years now and use to always go into this area before it was installed. Now that the chair is in I haven’t gone in the east rim area for the past 3 years. The lift has completely ruined this area of the mountain and it is now 24/7 a complete minefield of moguls. This lift sucks.


    • Donald Reif February 22, 2020 / 11:22 am

      I think it’s gonna stay for the time being since let’s face it, I think Whitefish needs to do more to eliminate the long run outs on that part of the main face of the mountain.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jim Anderson February 23, 2020 / 8:39 am

        This lift almost cost the mountain back in december 2018. Almost rolled back and probably would have killed people.


        • Ryan June 7, 2020 / 1:00 am

          what do you mean almost rolled back?


  3. Even Black March 29, 2020 / 4:10 pm

    When this lift was the glacier view lift it had no safety bar installed. When it was moved to make the east rim lift they added safety bars. Good thing considering the cliff.


  4. humoresque811 February 10, 2022 / 5:37 pm

    Those photos are just beautiful…


    • Donald Reif February 10, 2022 / 8:00 pm

      This is prime territory to find snow ghosts.


      • humoresque811 March 4, 2022 / 5:16 pm

        Do you know some other equally good images on lift blog? This one just makes me smile


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