Mile 1 Express – Panorama, BC

“Pancake” style return terminal.
This lift appears to have been built in Wolfurt rather than St. Jerome, Canada.
Looking down the line.
Arriving at the top.
Top station from the Champagne Express.
Lift overview.
Compact bottom terminal.
Lift line.
Lower section of the lift.
Another view of the drive station.

17 thoughts on “Mile 1 Express – Panorama, BC

  1. Collin February 22, 2018 / 11:23 am

    The bottom terminal looks so much like Yan. Too bad the original appearance of the Yan detachables couldn’t have been preserved more during the modifications.

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  2. Duncan N. March 26, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    What model are the terminals? Even the drive looks pretty unique.


    • Collin August 20, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      At this time, Doppelmayr was just starting to experiment with tire turnarounds and would’ve been experimenting with new terminal designs to accommodate the new technology. Basically, it’s a prototype from the design phase of the UNI. It’s clearly not a CLD-260 as those always had a chain system. 1989 was the first year for the production UNI, and one last CLD-260 was installed at Vail that year which was Avanti which has since been removed and scrapped.

      A similar timeline occurred when the UNI-Spacejet and UNI-G were introduced. The prototypes were installed in one year (1994 with the UNI-Spacejet and 2000 with the UNI-G) with the first production models the following year (1995 and 2001 respectively). That same year, the last lifts with the outgoing terminal design were installed. I could go further into detail with mid-generation updates, which have happened with all of Doppelmayr’s terminal designs. It’s a very similar cycle to how auto manufacturers design and update their vehicles.


  3. skier72 September 17, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    Stoneham QC also has a 1988 Doppelmayr High Speed Quad with very similar terminals.


    • Donald Reif September 18, 2019 / 10:35 pm

      Stoneham’s is a CLD-260, though, with a custom skin.


        • Donald Reif September 19, 2019 / 10:15 am

          Mile 1’s design is more akin to that of Leitner’s minimalist design, when you compare it to Leitner high speed quads like the Quickdraw lift at Granby, or the Northstar Express at Kimberley.

          You can also see its grounds as the prototype for the UNI terminal design, especially when you compare the bottom terminal design on Mile 1 to that of say, the Peru Express and Outback Express lifts at Keystone.


  4. skier72 September 19, 2019 / 11:59 am

    So is Mile 1 the first doppelmayr with tire drive terminals, or was their already a doppelmayr with a tire turnaround?


    • stmeyer2015 December 15, 2019 / 5:00 pm

      I have the same question. Does anybody know what HSQ was the first to use a tire turn around? Or what company experimented with it first?


      • Teddy's Lift World December 15, 2019 / 7:47 pm

        Yan used it in their detachable quads. Poma was one of the last to catch on.

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  5. ski usa February 23, 2020 / 2:56 pm

    I wonder when and what this will get replaced with. Anyone know if it is still operating at 1000 FPM?


    • skier72 February 23, 2020 / 7:09 pm

      It is. I rode it earlier this season, and they still run it full speed. As to a replacement, I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon. This lift is a solid piece of machinery. It may need a new coat of paint, but it still runs beautifully.

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      • ski usa February 23, 2020 / 8:08 pm

        Good to see a relatively old lift holding up so well!

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  6. Donald Reif March 9, 2020 / 1:58 pm

    The design of these chairs oddly feels reminiscent of Leitner-Poma’s current LPA quad chair model.


  7. skier72 June 21, 2020 / 10:52 pm

    Here’s a photo from when this lift was installed. It really looks like YAN.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. lucas G September 15, 2020 / 12:47 pm

    these old chairs are so strange


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