Face Lift – Whiteface, NY

Face Lift replaced a CTEC triple and is the main lower mountain lift.
Towers 1 and 2.
The drive station seen from Cloudsplitter.
Departure side of the bottom station.
Lower part of the lift line.
A tower set right into a stream. 1,976 might refer to the elevation.
The middle part of the line.
Uni-G upper terminal.
Side view of the return.
Unloading area.
Another look down the line.
The entire lift seen from Whiteface Mountain.
Top station and last tower from Lookout Mountain.
Near the bottom terminal.
View up the line.
Tower 3.
Lift line overview.
Side view of the drive.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.
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4 thoughts on “Face Lift – Whiteface, NY

  1. Muni October 16, 2018 / 2:35 am

    I remember “1976” being cast into the concrete base of the stream in the original tandem lift (which was built in 1976). That said, the stream tower is awfully close to the 2000′ topo line in google maps …

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    • Collin Parsons October 16, 2018 / 5:11 am

      I believe that footing was reused from the original double-double which was installed in 1976.

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      • snowbasinlocal12894 January 3, 2019 / 7:21 pm

        Nice looking lift. But if water gets in that stream tower not good at all. It would be the same thing that happend to the excalibur gondola at whistler blackcomb. Ice jacking.

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  2. Collin Parsons February 24, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    I think this lift has 6-pack line gauge. If you compare to the Andesite lift at The Yellowstone Club it is significantly wider. I think they were trying to get better swing clearance for wind.

    Also it should be noted that this lift actually decreased capacity over the lifts it replaced. The Valley Triple was 1630/hr and the Mid Station Shuttle Double was 1200/hr for a combined capacity of 2830. The Facelift has enough chairs for 2000, but is typically run at about 850 feet per minute so the capacity is closer to 1700.

    The gondola’s throughput is similar to that of the former Mid Station Shuttle Double so really it’s about the same as pre-gondola. Many people said that they shouldn’t have removed Mid Station Shuttle, so they are going to bring it back with the new Bear Quad which will be on an extended alignment and end in the vicinity of the mid mountain lodge.

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