Iron Mountain Express – Park City, UT

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Bottom terminal with Doppelmayr orange windows.
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Towers 1-3.
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View up the line.
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Looking back from tower 15.
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Towers 16-18.
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Top terminal and maintenance rail.
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Bottom station from above.
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Arriving at the top.

21 thoughts on “Iron Mountain Express – Park City, UT

  1. TJ March 29, 2016 / 10:13 am

    why are the seats orange? are they heated like the orange bubble?

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    • Peter Landsman March 29, 2016 / 1:31 pm

      Not heated…they were purchased when The Canyons was re-named Canyons Resort with orange branding.

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  2. Tyler February 23, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    They have not repainted this or anything south of Peak 5 yet. Given the orange glass in the terminal, this may get a paint job like Orange Bubble someday, but it’s still in the Canyons creamsicle paint job. As of 2018-19, these lifts haven’t been repainted yet:
    – Orange Bubble (may not be)
    – Dreamscape
    – Dreamcatcher
    – Day Break
    – Flatiron
    – Timberline
    – Pioneer (towers have been painted gray, terminals still black with old font)
    – Thaynes
    – Jupiter
    – Eagle
    – Eaglet
    – Silver Star

    Many lifts on the Canyons side still have cream-colored towers too.

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  3. Somebody April 18, 2019 / 11:30 am

    It appears that around the time this was installed, Dopp started using the terminal supports this chair has instead of the old concrete mast seen on UNI-G terminals in the early 2000s. Orange bubble was installed the same year and had the old supports:

    It appears that by 2011, all new lifts had the newer supports.

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    • themav April 18, 2019 / 11:41 am

      I always thought the concrete mast meant it was a “European style” UNI-G, this was also the type used from 2000-04. If you look at Quicksilver Gondola also at PCMR, you’ll notice that the European side next to Silverlode has a concrete support mast. OBX probably got a “European style” terminal because of the bubbles/heated seats, which was a first for Doppelmayr CTEC at the time. The carriers are also the European couch style ones too, towers are still American style though. Iron Mountain is a much more conventional HSQ, so no need to import terminals from Europe.

      IIRC, the metal supports were introduced with Uni-GS in 2004. When the “American style” UNI-G came out in 2010/2011 to replace the Uni-GS, the metal supports were kept. Mechanically the two types of Uni-G(S) terminals are very similar.

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      • Somebody April 18, 2019 / 12:23 pm

        That’s probably correct, wonder why they ordered European UNI-G terminals for quicksilver though.

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        • themav April 18, 2019 / 12:27 pm

          Quicksilver changes line gauge at the mid station. The Park City side with the European stations and towers is wider than the Canyons side. The official reason given for the wider line gauge on the PCMR side is due to the span over Thaynes Canyon.

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        • themav April 18, 2019 / 3:30 pm

          I forgot to add that the European style Uni-G can be ordered in a wider width than the American style.

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        • AvocadoAndy April 19, 2019 / 10:46 am

          I always thought that the beefy concrete masts were meant to be a bit stronger than a regular metal one, meaning it would make sense for a lift that’s under the additional weight of the bubbles.

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        • atc1701 April 19, 2019 / 2:27 pm

          They are stronger, but the bubble chairs on a quad don’t add enough weight to necessitate the concrete masts over the metal ones. See Tee Pee Town LX, which received the metal masts. 6-packs with bubbles also receive a wider (Europe-only) line gauge and European carriers, which are substantially heavier than North American carriers. For that reason, their terminals will have the concrete masts.

          OBX might’ve received the concrete masts due to its 6-pack line gauge, and the fact that Doppelmayr hadn’t yet designed 6-pack North American UNI-G terminals by that point.

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        • themav April 19, 2019 / 11:36 pm

          OBX does not have 6-pack line gauge, it does have the wider quad gauge though. Notice that all the end cap windows are the same size. With 6 pack Uni-G terminals, the outer windows are wider than the inner ones.

          As a side note, CTEC Stealth terminals use metal support posts- interesting how this design decision got incorporated into the Uni-GS and later the American style Uni-G.

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      • Donald Reif December 21, 2020 / 2:23 pm

        The concrete masts are also on their chondolas, as seen with the Centennial Express and L’Express du Village, and no doubt due to the extra weight:

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  4. apf4 April 21, 2020 / 11:28 am

    What is this lifts speed? It feels like on of the faster lifts on the mountain. 1200 FPM or something like that?

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    • Tyler December 21, 2020 / 5:03 pm

      Agreed that it feels like they run this faster than anything else at PCMR on either side consistently.

      Funny that they spent all the extra money on orange everything but didn’t go for footrests. Great little area that I wish was a bit more developed and connected to everything else – it takes a while to get to and from here from either base area but now it’s the center of the 7000 acre sprawl. They could also use a better effort at snowmaking here since it’s pretty low elevation (but that applies to most of the southern half of the Canyons side)

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  5. skitheeast May 14, 2020 / 1:45 pm

    I have always wondered why they did not build this lift to the true Iron Mountain summit and instead settled a few hundred feet below. From my experience, this is not one of the windy parts of the resort where that would be a factor like it was for 9990.

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    • Tyler December 21, 2020 / 4:53 pm

      I bet it’s just a property line. That’s the extreme eastern edge of the property and looking at the rest of the layout with the Copperhead run traversing way across, looks like that was all the room they had

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  6. Donald Reif February 23, 2021 / 11:06 am

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