Lightning – Belleayre, NY

A new style Doppelmayr control pedestal.
The tower tubes were re-used from a previous double-double.
Upper part of the lift line.
Lower part of the line.
Tower 8 is the only depress tower.
Middle lift line.
The bottom terminal is well uphill of the old loading location.
Doppelmayr Alpen-Star station.
View up from the old base terminal location.
Return station seen from below.
View from the top terminal.
Unloading area.
Towers 14-15 and the top terminal.
Side view of the bottom terminal area.
Loading carpet and motor room.
View up the line.
Alpen-Star drive station.
Motor room and lift line.

9 thoughts on “Lightning – Belleayre, NY

  1. Collin Parsons October 23, 2019 / 11:57 am

    The towers weren’t reused from the double-double, but the footings were. I think the towers look kind of weird with the super wide base plates relative to the width of the tower.

    To be honest, I don’t like this lift at all, even though I haven’t ridden it yet and there are several reasons. I don’t know why they moved up the bottom terminal. The old location allowed for the gondola and beginner lifts to be separate, and now that area is going to be even more cramped than before with perfectly good and unused space right below. This lift does not increase capacity, or reduce ride time compared to what it replaced, and the old lifts did not have reliability issues (unlike several other ORDA lifts) so it was in no way the most important project for ORDA to do this year. This really should’ve been a detachable for easy loading and unloading. The old lifts were a 10+ minute ride with all the stops and slow downs that were inevitable on a beginner lift. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it get converted like the Superchief was after just 7 years.


    • Peter Landsman October 23, 2019 / 5:07 pm

      I was thinking the towers were removed, galvanized, and put back up? New Doppelmayr towers don’t normally have spiral tubes.


      • Collin Parsons October 23, 2019 / 5:43 pm

        But these towers look so much narrower than the old ones.


        • DoppelYourMayr October 23, 2019 / 8:46 pm

          Do they do this design on fixed grips?


  2. Collin Parsons November 16, 2019 / 8:54 pm

    I found out some more information, and now this lift makes more sense as to why it was built in 2019 and why they moved the base up.

    If you think of the lift itself, this would not have even been close to the most important lift to build at an ORDA mountain. They have less reliable lifts than the old 1/2 that desperately need replacement.

    The bottom was moved up so they can put the magic carpet down there. They did not mention this in the original press release, but it is possibly the most significant on-mountain experience benefit of the entire project. The magic carpet used to be located under the gondola where the Lower Deer Run trail comes in. This location was really in the way and was bad for skier flow. It made Lower Deer Run have a flat entrance and merge into Iroquois. Now, skiers from Lower Deer Run will be able to go down where the bunny hill was which is a much better route. The magic carpet is also more accessible from the lodge, and this lift is more accessible from the magic carpet than the old ones were.

    It made sense to reconfigure the whole base area when they replaced the lodge, so they had to move the lift base up. Instead of modifying a 37 year old lift, they just replaced it. Though the capacity, speed, and ride time won’t be improved, there are benefits of having a quad over a double. The biggest one is probably that fewer bystanders have to take ski school kids up the lift. One instructor can now take 3 up at once.


  3. Sam Altavilla November 22, 2019 / 5:28 am

    I noticed the new control design used on the lift, but I am curious: does this lift have Dopp Connect?


  4. Ryan November 30, 2019 / 1:53 am

    Beautiful photos, well done. It’s a sexy looking lift.


  5. ryan November 30, 2019 / 1:56 am

    Could the towers be from the original superchief that was removed in 06, or was that lift relocated somewhere else?


    • Teddy's Lift World November 30, 2019 / 6:04 am

      It was relocated to Catamount where it became the Ridge Quad.


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