Easter – Kimberley, BC

The first half of this lift is very steep. It was the first lift built on the backside of Kimberley in 1975.
Counterweight tensioning.
The entire bottom terminal moves along a carriage, including the lift shack! The prime mover is a diesel engine.
This half tower was probably added more recently.
The chairs are also not original. They are from fellow RCR resort Nakiska and replaced centre pole versions.
Tower 12 just before the summit.
Fixed bullwheel up top.
View down the mellow upper section of the line.
View up at Tower 9.
Looking down towards the base.
Towers 1, 2, 2A and 3.
View up from the bottom.
Lower terminal with two portal towers.
Maze area and drive/tension terminal overview.
Loading area.
Unload zone.

11 thoughts on “Easter – Kimberley, BC

  1. snowbasinlocal12894 January 4, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    How is a center pole possible on a triple chair? Or did the old chairs used to be a double. The person in the middle would be hitting their head on the pole.


  2. Max January 5, 2019 / 9:59 am

    Dopp’s centre pole chairs had the “pole” mounted underneath the seat and backrest on the same angle the seat was at, making it so there would be no pole in the way when loading. Similar to what Skytrac uses now. https://youtu.be/AkZb0gTeCwc


    • snowbasinlocal12894 January 5, 2019 / 6:46 pm

      Doppelmayr built center pole chairs are very rare and The only ones I found is the doubles at snowbird. Never knew they made center pole triples. Skytrac have dual poles in the back of their chairs not just one. Center pole chairs are hard to bump too.


  3. skier72 September 2, 2019 / 10:33 am

    Fortress mountain AB has a Doppy CP triple and double, (Canadian and Farside) but they are both getting scrapped soon :(

    Marmot Basin AB also has an abandoned CP double, called “Caribou”.

    In addition to Doppy CP doubles, a place in Manitoba called “Minnedosa Ski Valley” has an old CP double. (There are a few images on Google Maps of this lift).


    • skier72 September 2, 2019 / 3:54 pm

      Huh, just found another photo of the Blackstap lift with chairs on it. It appears that some chairs were bail style, and some were CP. This is the only photo I have found of this lift operating, but these chairs look more like Triple versions to me.


      • L April 13, 2020 / 11:49 pm

        I used to ski there when I was very young, and it was definitely a triple chair, and so cold at the top when it was windy. I remember it being a Borvig lift, however my lift knowledge then was a lot less than it is now.


        • skier72 April 14, 2020 / 10:01 pm

          No Borvig lifts in Saskatchewan. I don’t believe Alberta or Manitoba have any Borvigs either. BC has Shames Mountain, which has a Borvig drive on a Mueller lift. Ontario has lots of Borvigs.

          Duck Mountain: 2 Hall T-Bars
          Mission Ridge: 1 Mueller Triple
          Last Oak (defunct): 1 BM Lifts Quad, 2 Doppelmayr T-Bars
          Blackstrap (defunct): 1 Doppelmayr Triple, 1 Mueller T-Bar
          PWT Snow Park (defunct): 1 Hall T-Bar
          Table Mountain: 1 Poma Quad, 1 LP Quad
          Timber Ridge: 1 Doppelmayr T-Bar
          Wapiti: 1 Riblet Quad
          White Tracks (defunct): 1 Hall T-Bar


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