L’Express du Nord – Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC

This 1987 Doppelmayr detachable features a top drive with tensioning at the bottom.
There is also a large parking facility at the base.
The parking rails.
Interestingly, the return bullwheel is located behind the rest of the bottom terminal.
This station has the hydraulic tensioning system.
Like many early model detachable lifts, the terminals are chain driven and not arranged in clean U shapes.
The top terminal.
View down the lift line.
Middle part of the line.
Lower line.
Tower 1.
Arriving at the drive station.
Overview of the top terminal.
Riding up.
View back down the line.
The top station with a bulge where the drive equipment is housed.

9 thoughts on “L’Express du Nord – Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC

  1. Max Hart January 21, 2019 / 11:43 am

    Does this lift remind anyone else of Big Burn at Snowmass? Both are 1987 detachables (Doppie here and Poma at Snowmass) and they were both major manufacturer’s first attempts at overhead drive detachables. Also at the same time Yan was pioneering the more compact (than the CLD-260 and Performant/Alpha-Evolution) detachable systems.

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    • Teddy's Lift World January 21, 2019 / 12:25 pm

      It does remind me of Big Burn in the way that the terminals are stacked. Yan was truly ahead of their time with their detachables.

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      • Owen Natorp January 25, 2019 / 11:48 am

        Yes, I agree, I ski Snowmass every year and the big burn lift is pretty advanced for its time!


    • Donald Reif February 16, 2020 / 10:35 am

      You can’t really unsee it.


  2. skiz October 10, 2019 / 1:25 pm

    why the weird separated return bullwheel????


    • Donald Reif December 22, 2019 / 10:48 pm

      Spacing constraints, maybe.


    • pbropetech December 23, 2019 / 9:12 am

      That’s the tension carriage- same concept as the separated Alpha terminals without the drive equipment. The terminals pictured here had plenty of space inside so I doubt that was the issue.


  3. Teddy's Lift World December 29, 2019 / 3:55 pm

    I wonder how much longer this lift will last. It can’t be economical to run these rust buckets…


  4. julestheshiba February 22, 2020 / 6:50 pm

    who else loves these quirky old express lifts, even with their faults it is still cool to see some resorts keeping them running for just a little while longer.


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