Grizzly Express Gondola – Lake Louise, AB

This gondola came used from Squaw Valley. Both stations were inside buildings at Squaw so Lake Louise custom fabricated terminal skins to match their Leitner detachables.
Bottom terminal with maintenance rail.
Bottom terminal at the ski area base.
Top terminal with vault drive from below.
Unloading platform on the roof of the vault drive building.
Breakover towers just before the summit.
View down the line.
Lower section of the line.
Another view of the base.
The below-treeline portion of the line.
View up this very long gondola.

7 thoughts on “Grizzly Express Gondola – Lake Louise, AB

  1. Collin January 19, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    It looks like the towers are Leitner rather than the original Poma ones from Squaw Valley. Why would they have not reused them? Line gear appears to still be Poma.


    • adrian1701 May 19, 2018 / 8:17 pm

      These seem to be the original Poma towers, with a modified tower head to match the other Leitner detachables on the mountain. If such a great effort was made to match the Leitner terminals, why not the towers too?


  2. Cameron Halmrast August 11, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Every lift profile is different and when towers can be reused, they are. Otherwise, new towers need to be fabricated. In addition, some of the old towers may have been Yan/LE due to the POMA gondola replacing a two year old installation at Squaw.


    • Collin September 10, 2018 / 10:03 pm

      Poma definitely reused the Yan towers at Squaw Valley. Poma towers were always bolted onto the footings, so there would’ve been no reason to cut it off like that when they could’ve just unbolted it. In that case, the Yan towers would’ve been scrapped, and new towers used at Lake Louise which are pre-merger Leitner.

      I also wonder if it still has the original chain driven contours from Squaw, or if they were replaced with tires when the lift was reinstalled.


      • John November 8, 2018 / 7:18 pm

        Not necessarily. All Pomas at Copper through 1989 had embedded towers because the install crew was more familiar with Yans. It’s possible that happened at Squaw.


  3. Donald Reif December 26, 2019 / 1:50 pm

    Honestly, the lifting frames that were installed with the relocation to Lake Louise don’t look all that different from the lifting frame design Leitner-Poma has used on their chairlifts and gondolas since 2012. They look like high speed six pack lifting frames but without the extra cross bracing:


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