Game Creek Express #7 – Vail, CO

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Doppelmayr CLD-260 terminal.
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View down the line.
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Bottom station in Game Creek Bowl.
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View up from the base.
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Riding up at tower 2.
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View back down the line.
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Arriving up top.
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Unloading area.

14 thoughts on “Game Creek Express #7 – Vail, CO

  1. Matt August 19, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    Is Vail going through with the 6-pack replacement this off-season?


      • Donald M. Reif April 2, 2019 / 4:35 pm

        With no announcement out of Vail Resorts, it might be a 2020 project.


  2. Ryan August 20, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    No, not hopefully! Let’s see this stick around a bit!


    • Matt August 22, 2018 / 9:15 am

      While I do love this design, style, and particular lift, Game Creek desperately nerdsore capacity. Some of my favorite terrain at Vail, but I avoid it because lines get crazy.

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      • Donald M. Reif March 12, 2019 / 10:49 am

        Also, lines can get especially long when they have to make long stops to load medical sleds onto the lift.


  3. Donald M. Reif February 28, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    I think the lifting frame on tower 1 was replaced at a later date.


  4. Donald Reif August 30, 2019 / 9:21 am


  5. skitheeast November 20, 2019 / 9:58 am

    When they replace this lift with a six-pack, would it make sense to move the bottom terminal about 1000 feet downhill? Everyone coming over from Eagle’s Nest is currently jammed onto Game Trail and moving the bottom terminal down would allow for new trails to be cut (although not much cutting would be needed as it is pretty open with few trees) and better disperse the crowd.


    • Donald Reif November 20, 2019 / 7:19 pm

      Looking at that area, these new trails would have to be blacks. And yes, improving access to Game Creek Bowl from Eagle’s Nest would certainly take some traffic off the Avanti Express. In fact, it might also take traffic off the Mountaintop Express and Wildwood Express lifts since this traffic would also be able to use the Game Creek Express as a through route to the Sundown Bowl and the High Noon Express lift, and in the further grand scheme of things, allow these people to reach Blue Sky Basin from Lionshead while completely bypassing both Mid-Vail and Two Elk Lodge.


    • Donald Reif November 24, 2019 / 12:50 pm

      Looking at the new trail map, which relegates Game Creek Bowl to its own insert…yeah, new trails would be more likely to be blacks than blues.

      And not to change the subject, but there is an interesting question as to who the likely manufacturer would be of a six pack Game Creek Express lift, seeing as Vail has flip flopped between Leitner-Poma and Doppelmayr for their lift projects over this decade, having gone with Leitner-Poma for the High Noon Express, Gondola One, Sun Up Express and Northwoods Express, but going with Doppelmayr for Gopher Hill, Mountaintop Express, Avanti Express and Golden Peak T-Bar. Meaning two of the six packs are Doppelmayrs and one is a Leitner-Poma. If I had to take a guess, Doppelmayr would be the likelier candidate since then the mountain would stay for the most part segregated by lift manufacturers, with the lifts of the east Front Side, plus the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin being all Pomas (except for the Doppelmayr outliers of the Orient Express and Mongolia platter), while the central and west Front Side entirely use Doppelmayr and Garaventa CTEC lifts (except for the Leitner-Poma outlier of Gondola One).


  6. Raj Thorp February 26, 2020 / 10:06 pm

    If Vail were to replace this lift with a 6 pack (as I see they are getting rid of their early generation chairs), then they would most likely stick with Leitner Poma. Though the Mountaintop Express was a Doppelmayr, they have been constructing Leitner-Poma lifts in the most recent years. Sun Up, Northwoods, One, and high noon are all examples. I think this lift definitely needs to go, especially because the crowds over here can get pretty big.


    • Donald Reif February 26, 2020 / 11:08 pm

      Doppelmayr also built the Avanti Express lift and the Golden Peak T-Bar. So far Vail has for the most part geographically divided the mountain by lift manufacturers. Leitner-Poma for everything on the East Front Side, the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin (except the Orient Express lift), and Doppelmayr for the central and west Front Side (except for Gondola One).


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