Grand Canyon Express – Arizona Snowbowl, AZ

The Grand Canyon Express was the second of three lifts built in three years by new ownership at Arizona Snowbowl.
Leitner-Poma LPA terminal with wood siding.
Tower 2.
Chair spacing is wide with a design capacity of only 1800 skiers per hour.
Three part tower 8.
Combination assemblies.
LPA grip.
Arriving at the drive station.
Top terminal overview.
The terminal under skins are also wood.
View down the middle part of the line.
Another section of the line.
View up the lift.
Tower 2.
T1.
Side view of the bottom station.
Looking up from the base area.
Control pedestal at the return.
Leaving the bottom terminal.
View back down the lift line.
The unloading area and drive station.
Lift overview.
Riding up.
Upper part of the lift line.
Nearing the summit.
View back down the line.
Breakover towers.

9 thoughts on “Grand Canyon Express – Arizona Snowbowl, AZ

  1. atc1701 February 6, 2019 / 3:23 pm

    As much as I’m not a fan of LP designs, the LPA terminal looks great in black. Shame it’s not built more like this.

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    • AirbusA380DIA November 19, 2019 / 3:26 pm

      Even as a Leitner-Poma fan, this color choice really does put other LPAs to shame.

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      • Trail Master August 15, 2021 / 8:48 pm

        The resort chooses the color of the top and the siding color.

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    • Tyler October 15, 2022 / 4:32 pm

      Still annoying LPA didn’t put a tiny bit more effort in and stain the under skin wood the same colour as the darker wood on the siding. My OCD isn’t loving it

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  2. LIFTMANIA June 29, 2022 / 7:02 am

    This lift is great and all but it really doesn’t need to be six

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    • Utah Powder Skeir June 29, 2022 / 1:48 pm

      Going off the numbers in the spreadsheet, this lift has the same capacity as any other triple. Keep in mind, the size of a carrier does not determine the capacity of a lift.

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    • Riblet Erector Set July 6, 2022 / 3:36 pm

      How do you figure? This lift is jam packed on any weekend during high season and on powder days.

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    • SNOWBOWL FAN December 4, 2022 / 9:27 am

      Well it may because Grand Canyon Express Lift trails are easy or just in case other lifts are on windHold

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  3. Richard Neil September 3, 2022 / 5:17 am

    I love that the lift is fast and holds six passengers. It has a few things going against it. It unloads onto a fairly narrow catwalk. The chairs are spaced about 190 feet apart so not to dump a ton of people onto the catwalk.

    The narrow catwalk is a problem. I doubt they could widen it much, but they could create a parallel catwalk slightly down hill. The lower catwalk would allow advanced skiers to access Casino and Volcano while the upper catwalk would let intermediate skiers bypass the runs and go directly to Logjam.

    Another problem is they have only one singles line and several multi skier lines. They need two singles lines that merge together.

    If they make some changes, they could add a few more chairs or at least make it more efficient.

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