Far East Express – Squaw Valley, CA

Garaventa CTEC Stealth detachable terminal.
Loading area.
Tower 1 at the base.
View up the line.
Side view of the bottom station.
This short lift mainly serves as egress from a massive parking lot.
Early Stealth station up top.
Depression tower 3.
View down after passing over Red Dog.
Arriving up top.
Return terminal unload.
Lift line overview.

9 thoughts on “Far East Express – Squaw Valley, CA

  1. ktenorman February 2, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Are the grips on this lift unique in North America? They aren’t AK-400s.


    • Max Hart February 2, 2018 / 5:05 pm

      These grips appeared on GaraventaCTEC Stealth II detachable six packs. I don’t know what they are called, but I do know that they were replaced with the AK-400s of the Stealth IIIs.


    • Collin February 2, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      The only lift in the east that they appear on is the URSA Express at Stratton. Both Sun Bowl lifts have AK-400’s. All of the Garaventa CTEC 6-place lifts at Park City have them too, and the Eagle Bahn at Vail also has them, but the double gondola version.


    • John August 6, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      These were Garaventa’s next model after the old two-position model. They didn’t supply too many of them and brought out the A-series that Doppelmayr still uses today.


  2. Tyler January 27, 2020 / 8:25 am

    The safety bars without footrests are a different design than the original bars on the PCMR six packs, with handles. The PCMR ones rested on the outer armrests without any grab handles, and were later replaced with footrest bars.


  3. Muni November 27, 2020 / 7:36 am

    There are massive concrete structures beneath this lift, including some terrace-like retaining walls on its steepest portion. I’m not sure if they’re visible mid-season but they were visible as of Thanksgiving 2020. From this map, it looks like they were for some Olympic-caliber ski jumps:


    • Tommy Boy November 27, 2020 / 9:03 am

      You are correct in that they are from the ski jump for the 1960 Winter Olympics. Visible most of the time and even in big snow years the steps are still there even if buried under the snow.


  4. skitheeast December 29, 2020 / 6:10 pm

    Is there a reason they did not build this lift to the summit of Snow King? I know it is mainly used for getting people out of the parking lot and over towards the main part of the mountain, but when there are really high winds, it is one of the few lifts that will operate (along with the other Snow King lifts).


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