Great Escape – Schweitzer, ID

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Bottom station, lift line and chair parking rail.
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Approaching the top terminal.
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Top station.
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Bottom station.
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Top terminal.
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Looking down the lift line.
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Riding up.
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Looking back at the base.
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Entering the top station.

18 thoughts on “Great Escape – Schweitzer, ID

  1. Larry July 18, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    This was actually one of the YAN HSQ that was retrofitted by Dopplemayer

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  2. Andrew July 18, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    What’s that blue thing to the left of the top terminal in second picture?


    • snowbasinlocal12894 July 19, 2018 / 6:49 am

      I think it is something to do with the old parking rail from the old yan detachable. Or something to hang the trail map from. It doesn’t look like its in use anymore. Or just could be for decoration. Its a odd object though.


  3. AT October 18, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Confirmed on the wind fence / deflector and on a windy day its benefit can be felt by the passenger for sure!


  4. Andrew October 25, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Are you sure this is from 1990? Pretty sure they were still using the DT grips then, and the Yan retrofits only began in 1996 (unless they did it beforehand) but the spacejet didn’t come out until a few years later.

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    • Peter Landsman October 25, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      1990 is the Lift Engineering installation date. 1996 is the Doppelmayr retrofit year.

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  5. Donald Reif June 19, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    I believe that the current EJ chairs only were introduced around 2010. Prior to that, this lift had teardrop chairs like Frenchman’s and Christmas at Sun Valley.

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    • Benjamin T Eminger August 17, 2019 / 7:40 pm

      2011 they added the Doppelmayr EJ carriers, I remember as it was my freshman year in high school, my family showed up for our yearly Schweitzer trip to brand new carriers.

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    • Philip Keeve April 25, 2020 / 12:27 am

      They were introduced in the same season as the installation of the Basin Express.


  6. Philip Keeve April 25, 2020 / 12:26 am

    I don’t have fond memories of this chairlift. It has a horrible susceptibility to high winds along the entire line. It got new chairs for the 2007-2008 season during which there was a power failure and it nearly threw my mother and other passengers clear off. One of the chairs swung upwards so violently against a sheave train that it bent the back of the restraint bar. It also had ridiculous lines at peak season. A bubble six-pack would not go amiss here.


    • Donald Reif January 5, 2021 / 1:41 pm

      Now that there’s two new lifts in the Outback Bowl, an upgrade to Great Escape such as a Leitner-Poma six pack with footrests would certainly be welcome.


  7. vons3 January 5, 2021 / 3:08 pm

    This lift is truly Frankenstein’s monster It has Yan, Doppelmayr and Skytrac equipment in it. It should be replaced but with Schweitzer’s planned new base area and mountain portal, I think it will be around for another 10.

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    • chasehausman January 5, 2021 / 9:02 pm

      What SkyTrac equipment is up there?


      • vons3 January 5, 2021 / 11:51 pm

        Electrical system


    • Ryan Murphy January 9, 2021 / 11:46 pm

      Hard to tell when you are just riding the lift, but we were at Schweitzer last week and it feels like this is running better than some of the other YAN conversions I’ve ridden.

      That new portal will be welcome. Even with walk on lines across the mountain, parking was chaotic at best.


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