Eskimo Express – Winter Park, CO

Poma Omega return station.
Side view of the return.
View up the lift line.
Uphill arrival side at the bottom.
Another view of the line.
Riding up an empty line.
Lower lift line.
Nearing the summit.
Top drive station.
Top terminal overview.
View down the entire lift line.
This was the site of the Eskimo Lift destruction test on the former Riblet double.
Middle part of the line.
View up.
Lower lift line near Sunspot.

9 thoughts on “Eskimo Express – Winter Park, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif March 24, 2019 / 10:24 am

    This is the third lift to travel up this alignment. The first was the Riblet double chairlift that underwent the destruction testing in 1990. It was replaced with the original Zephyr triple chairlift displaced by the Zephyr Express. That was a Yan triple chairlift (and I think it was modified with Poma Competition chairs around that time). In 1999, the current Eskimo Express came in and the Eskimo triple became the Sweetwater lift at Jackson Hole, where it ran until the Sweetwater Gondola was built in 2016.

    This is one of only two high speed quads at Winter Park that theoretically can run 1,000 fpm (the other being the Pioneer Express, but I don’t think that runs full speed much these days). The other high speed quads have the shortened model of Challenger terminal, which caps their maximum speed at 900 fpm.

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    • Kaden K June 24, 2019 / 4:46 pm

      The Gondola goes really fast, probably 1100, and I think Sunnyside express will go at least 1000


      • Donald Reif June 24, 2019 / 8:55 pm

        The high speed six packs has the benefits of having no beginner terrain that can be lapped from them and also having longer terminals.


        • Collin Parsons October 1, 2019 / 6:48 pm

          This lift has a design speed of 1100 feet per minute, but do they actually run it that fast? The Gondola has the same design speed and is apparently run that speed.


        • Donald Reif October 1, 2019 / 11:51 pm

          In the few YouTube videos I can find, I think this one runs at 1,000 fpm. Though they might run it slower to maintain consistency with the high speed quads around it, which can only run at 900 fpm tops due to having the shorter Challenger terminal design.


  2. Carson March 24, 2019 / 2:52 pm

    The old riblet that was here was more on the run to the right (at the top) the triple came in and started going through the middle of the run(at the top)


  3. Colorado_Local April 15, 2019 / 9:22 am

    When were these pictures taken because I noticed some sort of support going up the line on towers 1 & 2


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