Forest Queen Express – Crystal Mountain, WA

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Looking up the line.
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Drive station.
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Bottom return terminal.
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Bottom terminal.
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Top terminal.
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Inside the top station.
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Doppelmayr DT Grip.
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Summer view of the top.
Side view of the bottom terminal.
Lower part of the lift line.
View leaving the bottom terminal.
Looking back down the line.
Riding up the line.
This lift services very popular beginner and intermediate terrain.
View back down.
Arriving at the top terminal.
Upper station with Silver King in the background.
View from the top breakover.
The final three towers.
Looking down the lift line.
Lower part of the line.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

10 thoughts on “Forest Queen Express – Crystal Mountain, WA

  1. Blu624 March 8, 2020 / 3:18 am

    Never seen a SpaceJet 6 pack before. Is it just a regular SpaceJet but just a bit wider or is it different in other ways too?


    • Max Hart March 8, 2020 / 11:34 am

      Sort of. All of the six-pack Uni-S/M/L terminals were imported from Europe, as were the gondola terminals and two detachable quads (Flying Mile @ Tremblant and Valley Run at Waterville Valley).


      • Alex Lee February 8, 2021 / 6:46 pm

        I love me those Spacejet terminals makes it look more modern and space age!!


  2. Phoenix November 30, 2020 / 12:48 pm

    How do these grips work? Does a piece come over center to provide the necessary pressure instead of a spring?


    • Donald Reif November 30, 2020 / 1:29 pm


    • pbropetech November 30, 2020 / 1:41 pm

      It’s all in the geometry of the grip. There are several linkages to transfer the torque from the springs to the mobile jaw, and once they shift past the centre point of their pivots the spring provides pressure to keep it open rather than closed.


      • Joe Blake June 8, 2022 / 9:10 am

        Exactly like the heelpiece on a binding. There isn’t active spring pressure directly on the grip.


  3. wjmerriman December 21, 2020 / 10:22 am

    Skied Crystal yesterday and learned from the liftie that new grips were installed this summer – apparently they have been “sticking” at the bottom terminal and yesterday it was causing the lift to emergency stop every 3-5 minutes. Made for a bouncy ride!


    • pbropetech December 21, 2020 / 11:36 am

      All new? I guess the lift is 23 years old now but that seems fairly soon for full replacement. Lifties commonly hear things from us crusty mechanics and misinterpret them, too.

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      • pbropetech December 21, 2020 / 1:52 pm

        I spoke with my contact there and there were no new grips installed there. They’ve been refurbished as one does after 20+ years of service and received new jaws- which makes them ‘like new’, so the liftie misheard. That had nothing to do with the ‘sticking’- it was an unrelated issue.


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