Frenchman’s – Sun Valley, ID

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Yan teardrop chairs and bullwheel.
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Bottom terminal and lift line.
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Lift line from Ketchum.
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Top terminal.
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Looking down the line.
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Top station.
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Bottom terminal and chair parking rail.
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Another view of the bottom.
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Bottom station and Yan lift shack.

11 thoughts on “Frenchman’s – Sun Valley, ID

  1. Skiliftguy July 23, 2019 / 10:43 am

    2 of 7 high speed lifts in Sun Valley with the teardrop chairs. The other is Christmas while the other 5 have Doppelmayr EJ carriers.


    • Donald Reif July 22, 2020 / 2:51 pm

      That’ll be 2 of 8 as of this winter, since Cold Springs is now being built.


  2. pnwrider July 20, 2020 / 11:47 pm

    I wonder, why did they keep the Yan Teardrop carriers for this lift and Christmas, but not for the rest of the retrofitted detachable chairlifts? Seems like they could’ve saved a lot of money that way.

    Plus, I absolutely love the Yan Teardrop carriers. They feel so roomy compared to the EJ carriers!


    • Cameron Halmrast July 21, 2020 / 4:13 pm

      The current carriers on the Christmas lift are not original actually. They were the last model LE developed prior to going under.

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      • Skier July 21, 2020 / 10:02 pm

        Same with Broadway at Mammoth.


      • pnwrider July 28, 2020 / 2:26 am

        Ah, so correct me if I’m wrong here. This lift and Christmas received newer carriers from Yan in the years before the retrofit? And all the other Yan detachables at Sun Valley still had their original carriers when 1995 rolled around and it was time for Doppelmayr to retrofit them all.
        So Sun Valley got new EJs from Doppelmayr for most of the retrofitted detachable lifts, but kept the Teardrops on this lift and Christmas because they were still relatively new chairs?


        • Cameron Halmrast July 28, 2020 / 9:39 pm

          It’s to my belief that this lift came with this carrier design when this lift was originally installed, along with the Canyon Express at Mammoth Mountain. However, the resorts that ended up with the new carrier design were the last resorts to ever purchase high speed quads from Lift Engineering. Throw June into the mix with it being a sister resort to Mammoth.

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        • Myles Svec February 11, 2021 / 8:45 am

          Also I’m pretty sure the EJ hangar arms are longer than the Yan ones so it would require Excavation work for specifically Christmas and Frenchman’s.


        • Donald Reif February 11, 2021 / 3:42 pm

          The hanger arms on the DoppelmaYans and Yomas are longer than the hanger arms on standard Doppelmayr and Poma detachables. You can see this in the DoppelmaYans that use EJ chairs (compare the hanger arms on Broadway’s chairs to all the other EJ high speed quads on Bald Mountain) and in Yomas with any kind of chair (compare Grand Summit’s chairs with Canyon’s and Nitro’s when you’re at Mount Snow).


  3. Donald Reif February 18, 2021 / 6:26 pm


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