Flat Top Flyer – Powderhorn, CO

The terminal for this lift came from Marble Mountain in Eastern Canada. They were heavily refurbished by Leitner-Poma in nearby Grand Junction.
The chairs are new.
Return station.
Towers were re-used from the former Take Four fixed-grip quad.
Another view of the lift line.
Looking back down the line.
Top two towers.
Top drive station.
Lift line view.
Location of the former mid-station when these towers supported a fixed-grip lift.
Top unload ramp.

13 thoughts on “Flat Top Flyer – Powderhorn, CO

  1. Collin Parsons November 5, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    The LPA-4-OC chairs combined with TB-41 grips look so much like the Competition chairs used in the early 90’s. What’s old is new again.


    • Donald Reif December 22, 2019 / 10:21 am

      You can definitely see how retro the look is when you put them side by side:


    • Phoenix January 7, 2021 / 10:52 pm

      According to my relative who skis Powderhorn a lot, LPA had a lot of trouble fitting foot rests on there for some reason. According to her (she doesn’t know a ton about lifts so take this with a big grain of salt) originally this lift was supposed to open with the foot rests, but they were delayed nearly half a season. They arrived late from Austria (which I highly doubt is correct as LPA doesn’t have any manufacturing in Austria to my knowledge, but that’s what she says), didn’t fit, and had to be sent back. The foot rests didn’t get installed until the second season this lift operated. She also said something about the foot rests hitting the ground in the terminals, but that also seems like a fishy reason for pulling them off the lift.


  2. Donald Reif January 7, 2021 / 10:08 pm

    The safety bars with footrests on this look a bit weird because I think they’re meant for Omega chairs, although they certainly give the LPA chairs a stronger resemblance to the Competition chair.

    The bars purpose-made for LPA chairs look a bit different:


  3. Joshua Redman January 8, 2022 / 11:53 am

    This lift looks so unusual. It was manufactured by Leitner-Poma has LPA chairs, Poma grips, Poma bars, LPA terminals, Poma tower heads, and Poma terminal exteriors (front, back). Wow! What a mix!


    • pbropetech May 20, 2022 / 4:26 pm

      It does not, in fact, have LPA terminals. As Peter notes, one terminal came used from Marble Mountain in Newfoundland, and the other I’m not sure about but they’re a matched set of mid-90s Competition 900s. LPOA refurbished them is all.


      • Ben Eminger May 20, 2022 / 5:10 pm

        I’m fairly certain the other came from Tremblant, TGV after fire damage, TGV has also since been fixed, obviously.


        • ryand1407 October 15, 2022 / 10:39 am

          Funny because fire was also the reason Marble replaced their lift.

          They really could have called this the Canadian Phoenix Express.


  4. KS March 15, 2023 / 8:16 pm

    Marble Mountain represent! Grew up an hour away and learned to ski there 30 years ago. :)

    Glad to see that the terminal got a new life here in Colorado.


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