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

The Express du Sud services a large portion of the mountain and features bubble chairs.
The bottom terminal was built in two parts with a drive unit separate from the attach/detach building.
There is also parking for the chairs and a grip bay.
Parking area.
Loading area.
The drive bullwheel, smaller than line gauge in diameter.
Riding up the lift.
Arriving at the return.
Top station overview.
Underside of the return terminal.
View up the line.
Lower half of the lift.
The first few towers.
Tower 1.
Side view of the bottom station.
Side view of the motor room and tension carriage.

12 thoughts on “L’Express du Sud – Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC

  1. Kyle W. January 20, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    I love seeing these early model detachable lifts. Stuff like this and the Alpha-Falcon combo on Pioneer at Winter Park show such an interesting time in lift development.

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    • Teddy's Lift World January 20, 2019 / 7:46 pm

      I love old detachables. Just rode a Yan-Poma hybrid today for the first time.

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    • Owen Natorp January 25, 2019 / 11:49 am

      There is also an Alpha Falcon at Snowmass (Coney Glade)

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  2. AvocadoAndy January 20, 2019 / 8:42 pm

    What’s the point of the slatted seats if the bubble kind of defeats the purpose of that wind resistance?

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    • Teddy's Lift World January 21, 2019 / 6:51 am

      Cost.

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    • Collin Parsons January 21, 2019 / 6:54 am

      This lift was originally built without bubbles. They were added shortly after, but the slats were never replaced with the standard backs.

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  3. Ski Okemo March 16, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    The wind actually hits you from behind, kinda defeats the purpose (again) of the bubbles

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  4. Kaden K November 17, 2019 / 1:18 pm

    This lift is so cool! Old bubble chairs are cool since there aren’t very many of them around any more.

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    • Teddy's Lift World November 17, 2019 / 4:53 pm

      It must be a maintenance nightmare!

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      • Somebody November 17, 2019 / 6:47 pm

        Bubble chairs as a whole sound like a maintenance nightmare. I don’t think most resorts realize what they are getting into when they install bubble chairs. Just look at what happened to all the 80s bubble chairs, almost all of the resorts bailed on them within 15 years.

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        • powderforever45 November 17, 2019 / 7:59 pm

          Well, now it is different. Back then most Resorts didn’t use indoor parking for their bubble chairs. Also the EJ bubble chairs were poorly designed so most Resorts got rid of them on their Doppelmayr lifts.

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    • Chris November 17, 2019 / 11:19 pm

      Come to Austria, we have plenty of 80ies bubble chair around!

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