Le Soleil – Tremblant, QC

When Tremblant expanded onto the Soleil side, it re-used this high speed quad which formerly ran where the gondola does now.
Doppelmayr CLD-260 style station.
Side view of the top terminal.
The top two towers.
View down the lift line, much of which is not ski under.
Upper part of the line.
The bottom terminal seen from above.
Towers 1 and 2 above the lower station.
Lift overview.
Loading area and turnaround. You can tell this was once a bubble chair.
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5 thoughts on “Le Soleil – Tremblant, QC

  1. atc1701 February 26, 2019 / 6:04 pm

    These terminals slightly resemble the western CLD-260. Interestingly, Doppelmayr constructed a lot of unique detachable lifts in Quebec until the introduction of the standard UNI terminal in 1991.

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    • Collin Parsons February 26, 2019 / 8:39 pm

      I thought the UNI came out in 1989. The former Atomic Express at Horseshoe Resort used that model. The main difference between this lift and the western CLD-260 is that it has windows on the back of the terminal. Same basic shape though. I bet Tremblant wished they waited a year to get the UNI since it is so much more reliable and easier to maintain.

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      • atc1701 February 26, 2019 / 9:46 pm

        You’re right! If I recall correctly, Blue Mountain in Ontario also built a UNI in 1989, as did Bretton in New Hampshire. Blue Mountain’s lift operates at Owl’s Head here in Quebec now.

        1991 was the first appearance of the UNI in Quebec, which is admittedly inaccurate for a “global” launch year, since 3 eastern resorts installed one in 1989, and it began appearing in the west in 1990.

        Interestingly, the windows were a new addition when it was reinstalled in 1999. The interior components of Le Soleil are nearly identical to the standard CLD-260 line. Its reliability is poor and we sometimes delay the opening due to technical problems starting it up in the morning, either due to wind, temperature, or just mechanical issues. There have been days where it doesn’t run at all. The UNI is better, but the Duncan Express isn’t the best example.

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