Franz’s – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

Doppelmayr tower mixed-in with Poma ones.
Whistler Trip 211
Last two towers.
Rare Poma Delta top drive terminal.
This lift has a mix of Poma and Doppelmayr towers.
View down the middle part of the line.
Lower lift line.
View up the line.
Tower 2.
Portal tower.
Lift overview.
Top terminal next to Big Red Express.
Upper station sitting idle.
Lift line with Poma chairs.

30 thoughts on “Franz’s – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

  1. Erik November 3, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Does this lift rarely run as backup to Big Red Express?


      • No name December 12, 2020 / 6:31 pm

        Been skiing whistler blackcomb my whole life and it never ever runs never. Been on it like twice in my life runs never.


        • Myles Svec December 12, 2020 / 7:06 pm

          I rode it last season it was only running because of low snow amounts.


        • Donald Reif December 12, 2020 / 7:09 pm

          You’re probably just unlucky.


    • AM June 13, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      It also runs for low snow seasons, when the snow does not reach all the way down to the Big Red Express.


  2. Mark October 10, 2019 / 9:52 am

    To this day this is still the only lift I have never touched at Whistler Blackcomb, well, save for the one T-Bar that never runs on Whistler. I love the look of this lift, a really cool Doppelmayr-Poma hybrid which is pretty rare from my knowledge. Most hybrids are old lift companies mixed with modern lift company modernizations… Like a Riblet and Poma combo.


    • John December 4, 2019 / 10:14 am

      From what I remember (over 20 years ago, so memory gets faulty) there weren’t enough towers when they moved this from the Peak so Doppelmayr supplied one (they were building the Peak Express at the time). I notice WB has replaced the original carriers since I last rode it as well.


      • Donald Reif December 4, 2019 / 1:22 pm

        Those Omega carriers look like they were put on when the lift was reinstalled as Franz’s. Before then, it would’ve had Arceaux triple chairs and looked more like Crested Butte’s two triple chairlifts.


        • pbropetech December 5, 2019 / 8:26 am

          I definitely remember the original carriers being there after the move.


        • Donald Reif December 30, 2019 / 9:36 am

          Judging from the design of the number plates, the current chairs couldn’t have been put on Franz’s any later than 1999.


    • Donald Reif January 1, 2020 / 6:26 pm

      They are rarer than Yamas and DoppelmaYans.


      • Faery February 11, 2023 / 5:17 pm

        You mean Yoppelmayrs?


  3. powderforever45 December 29, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    Franz’s was running today. So I assumed Big Red had bug lines today. Harmony’s lines were also really long where they had to have 8 lines that were really long feeding into the chairlift. Hope to see a HSQ upgrade for Franz’s soon.


  4. powderforever45 January 1, 2020 / 5:11 pm

    They are now going to regularly run Franz’s chair. I think the main reason is to avoid Franz’s run because it gets too icy for some people.

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  5. skier72 February 11, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    This lift was moved from Peak, with upgrades to the chairs, and some new towers. Before that, it was relocated from the long-defunct Pike’s Peak ski area in Colorado, where it only operated there for a few seasons before being moved to Whistler.


    • Somebody February 11, 2020 / 6:03 pm

      When was it switched to a top drive?


      • Donald Reif February 11, 2020 / 8:01 pm

        When it was installed as Franz’s. The current Peak Chair is a bottom drive lift, so I imagine this triple was also a bottom drive when it was the Peak Chair.


    • AvocadoAndy February 11, 2020 / 6:12 pm

      Does anyone have any pictures of this lift while it was still serving as the Peak Chair? That thing’s intimidating enough as it is now, I’m curious as to what it was like back then.


      • Donald Reif February 11, 2020 / 8:02 pm

        When it was the Peak Chair, it had a midway unload just before the final cliff, which makes me wonder how big the light side flyover was (if any existed).


      • Donald Reif February 11, 2020 / 10:46 pm

        This is about where the mid-unload was:


  6. gavin February 11, 2020 / 9:26 pm

    2 questions:
    1. Why would it need a midway unload when it was the peak chair?
    2. Is this the next new lift to be built or will jersey cream/7th heaven 6 pack come first/


    • Donald Reif February 11, 2020 / 10:41 pm

      It was to access an intermediate trail in Glacier Bowl inaccessible from the top.


      • Rob Withey February 12, 2020 / 5:49 pm

        The mid unload was used on avalanche control days. You could get off there before they finished the whole peak route. It was your lucky day if the opened it to the top when you were on the lift.

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        • Donald Reif February 12, 2020 / 6:05 pm

          From the map, I’d say it was rather useful before the first Harmony Express was built. After the Harmony Express went in, it allowed for detachable access to the terrain that the Peak Chair’s midstation serviced


  7. Henry T September 26, 2020 / 7:15 pm

    What’s with the doppelmayr tower?


    • Somebody September 27, 2020 / 7:29 pm

      If I had to guess, dopplemayr probably added it in 1998 when this chair was moved from Peak to Franz’s.


  8. Donald Reif March 26, 2022 / 6:07 am

    I prefer the old red paint scheme the upper terminal had to match Big Red next door.


    • Donald Reif April 26, 2022 / 6:17 am


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