Imperial SuperChair – Breckenridge, CO

This is a bottom drive lift with parking for all chairs.
Lift line overview from Peak 9.
Chair parking rail.
90-degree loading.
Riding up the line.
Nearly every tower on this lift is in three tube sections with combo assemblies for wind tolerance.
Arriving at the top.
90-degree unloading.
Top station and breakover.
Poma Omega quad terminal.
View down the line.
Combo towers.
Lower terminal.

11 thoughts on “Imperial SuperChair – Breckenridge, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif February 28, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    The first year of operation, Imperial only had 15 chairs. They added more in the second year. I think it can be upped further to 45 chairs if demand ever gets to that point, but they probably will stick to 30 chairs to control the flow of people offloading onto the narrow ridge.


    • The one thing I won’t get is the fact the lift name is inconsistent. It’s named Imperial SuperChair on the lift terminals, but the trail map (and the original logo before the red signs were posted over them) label it as the Imperial Express SuperChair. Quicksilver has a similar issue, where the signs above the loading areas use the old Quicksilver Super6 name, while the lift terminals have Quicksilver SuperChair branding.


  2. Kaden K July 8, 2019 / 9:58 pm

    Why is this not an LPA lift?


    • themav July 8, 2019 / 10:11 pm

      It was built several years before the LPA terminals and grips became available.


      • Kaden K July 30, 2019 / 10:49 pm

        Oh right, for some reason I thought this was built in 2011


  3. Donald Reif October 2, 2019 / 9:05 pm


  4. Raj Thorp February 16, 2020 / 3:37 pm

    I’ve heard this is One of the fastest lifts, but Peter said it is only 1000 fpm. What is true?


  5. Phoenix March 8, 2020 / 11:29 pm

    Was this built before wind slats on detachable chairs were common? It seems like it could benefit from them.


    • Somebody March 9, 2020 / 12:26 am

      Wind slats started popping up on high speed quads around the late 90s, but (outside of a few rare exceptions) Leitner-poma has never made any chairlifts with slats. They just don’t design them that way.


      • Donald Reif March 9, 2020 / 1:50 pm

        It’s for reasons like that that the Kensho SuperChair was built as a six pack even though a quad would probably have sufficed capacity-wise: because six-pack chairs are heavier and that offers a little bit more in the way of wind resistance.


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