Excelerator Express – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

Whistler Trip 047
Breakover towers 19-21.
Whistler Trip 120
Top station from above.
Side view of the bottom terminal.
Loading area.
View back to the bottom station.
Riding up the line.
View back down the line.
Top terminal with custom skin and extra room on the outside for maintenance access.
Lower station near sister lift Excalibur.
Lift overview.
Top terminal undercover.
View down the line.
Lower lift line.
View up the line.
The first few towers.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

15 thoughts on “Excelerator Express – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

  1. Andrew December 13, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    This lift’s station looks like a combination of the UNI stations and the UNI-M stations. Do you know what specific station model this is?


    • Max Hart December 13, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      I would just classify it as one of the many variations of the Uni that Doppelmayr made from 1989 to 1994. I have never seen one exactly like this, but if I were to guess I would say that the larger terminal enclosure is for ease of maintenance.


  2. alex August 4, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    I believe this lift was originally designed with bubbles but they were never installed.


    • Cameron Halmrast August 20, 2018 / 1:25 pm

      You are correct. This lift was designed to have bubbles. It will be interesting to see if Vail decides to relocate the ones from Wizard to this lift. However, seeing that Vail has removed bubbles from all of its other resorts, my guess the bubbles are gone for good unless only brought back for summer use off of Fitz.


      • Maxwell Uguccioni March 30, 2019 / 9:48 pm

        The wizard bubble chairs are at Sun peaks on the sunburst express.


      • D March 31, 2019 / 12:36 am

        Those little plastic things in the armrests on the side are always a key to tell if a Doppelmayr lift used to have bubbles. I’ve seen them on the defunct Vista Bahn Express, and the still active Storm Peak Express and Sundown Express lifts.


        • Collin Parsons March 31, 2019 / 3:57 am

          Some lifts have those, but actually never had bubbles, like Duncan at Tremblant.


  3. AvocadoAndy March 12, 2019 / 11:31 am

    Quite a few of the lifts on Blackcomb got new numbered stickers on the chairs, this one being one of them. They all got little logos on them representing that specific lift too, it’s kinda cool.


    • Donald M. Reif March 12, 2019 / 6:48 pm

      That’s a Vail Resorts thing. The Doppelmayrs at Keystone have this too.


  4. Donald M. Reif March 27, 2019 / 11:55 am

    I’d describe these terminals as early versions of the Spacejet, but with UNI turnarounds.


    • julestheshiba March 22, 2023 / 7:42 pm

      I wonder why nobody else did this design. It seems like the reason it looks like a UNI-M is because it has outer walkways on the accelerator and decelerator rails. It probably makes working on an older UNI significantly easier since the standard ones are apparently super cramped inside


  5. Donald Reif January 2, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    Part of me has always wondered why this lift wasn’t named the Stoker Express (not that Excelerator Express is a bad name), since when it and Excalibur were built to replace the chain of triple chairlifts that linked Whistler Village with Blackcomb’s terrain, Stoker was the lift that this directly replaced, on a much longer alignment.


  6. Raj Thorp February 29, 2020 / 9:09 pm

    Was this lift designed for bubbles? I see the little white pads on the sides of most of the chairs


    • atc1701 December 23, 2021 / 10:14 am

      Yes, it was. Never received them, for whatever reason.


  7. Will Partridge March 23, 2022 / 4:54 am

    I can see what they were going for with the custom skin to match Excalibur but… really? It’s fugly.


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