Greenhorn Ranch Express – Steamboat, CO

This short high speed quad is the only chairlift in a large new beginner zone.
Top part of the short lift line with Euro towers.
View down the line.
Tower 3.
View up the line.
European chair with auto locking bar.
Loading area.
Top drive station.
Side view of the top terminal.
Tower 5 and the upper station.
Side view of a conical tower.
Lower station overview.
The entire line seen from above.

14 thoughts on “Greenhorn Ranch Express – Steamboat, CO

  1. Donald Reif December 25, 2022 / 5:23 am

    Auto locking bars. I think that’s a first for somewhere in Colorado.


    • Myles December 25, 2022 / 9:25 am

      I may be wrong but I think this is the first HSQ in the US with auto locking bars.


  2. Donald Reif December 25, 2022 / 11:52 am

    The trail map’s a bit deceiving with this lift. It may just be a perspective thing, but the map kinda makes it look like it starts a bit further from the Thunderhead Express than it actually does.


  3. Joe Blake December 25, 2022 / 5:41 pm

    The auto-locking comfort bar setup looks like it could cause all sorta shenanigans.


    • Donald Reif December 26, 2022 / 5:46 am

      On the other hand, the lift will probably not be running anywhere close to 1,000 fpm, which might mitigate things a bit.


      • Joe Blake December 26, 2022 / 11:28 am

        Good point.


  4. Erik Sahlin December 25, 2022 / 7:08 pm

    Dear Valley’s Burns Chair will have the same setup of chairs, minus the Euro towers.


  5. Bill B December 26, 2022 / 1:50 pm

    Is this lift operational yet? Steamboat web site shows it closed on 12/26/2022.


    • Peter Landsman December 26, 2022 / 1:51 pm

      Not yet. When I was there for the gondola opening they said they were shooting to open it tomorrow, 12/27.

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      • Bill B December 26, 2022 / 2:16 pm

        Thanks Peter! I will be there next week with some new skiers, they don’t know Steamboat is an awful mountain for less than solid intermediates. `With this lift they can make some low stress turns before we attempt the long trek to Wally World. And thanks for all the great information on this site!


  6. Miles Gately December 27, 2022 / 1:38 pm

    Isn’t this what replaced the old rough rider Poma?


  7. Collin Parsons December 27, 2022 / 5:13 pm

    Aren’t the conical towers all imported from Europe? Maybe North America was out of manufacturing capacity given how many lifts were built this year, while Europe had some spare capacity. Of the 2022 new lifts, all D-Line lifts, plus this lift and Whistler Blackcomb’s new lifts have the conical towers.


    • pbropetech December 27, 2022 / 9:00 pm

      I could be wrong but I thought Ste-Jerome only built standard pipe towers, which would imply all conical towers are imported.


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