Motherlode – Red Mountain, BC

This monster lift came used from Blackcomb Mountain and used to be accessed by another Yan triple of the same origin.
First steep section of the line.
Bottom terminal with counterweight tensioning integrated into the rear leg.
Mellow middle section of the line.
Giant breakover with four towers.
View back down from the top.
Arriving at the drive.
Last few towers up top.
View down the lift line.
Near the summit line view.
Middle section of the line.
Double portal towers.
Another view of the large depression towers.
Another view down the line.
Towers 3 and 4.
Another look at the bottom station.
Lift overview.
Tower 24.
Yan motor room.
Lift line seen from the base area.

14 thoughts on “Motherlode – Red Mountain, BC

  1. Ben June 23, 2018 / 11:06 pm

    What Whistler lift was this,?


  2. eugenetoyandhobby June 24, 2018 / 12:59 am

    It’s actually two, built from both Cruiser & Stoker.


    • Mountaineer May 10, 2020 / 3:15 am

      Could it be that Fitzsimmons was used for Silverlode?


  3. Donald Reif June 28, 2019 / 12:36 pm

    You can see an abandoned tower from the original Silverlode in the last photograph.


  4. Somebody January 9, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    This chair’s top section reminds me of Sublette (with the ridge on the lookers left, open bowl on the lookers right, and steep breakover followed by a valley section).


  5. Somebody January 2, 2021 / 12:35 pm

    The original Granite chair ran to the lookers right of this chair, and I believe you can see one of the original Granite chair’s towers in the last photo, seemingly repurposed.


  6. Donald Reif January 2, 2021 / 2:59 pm

    I’m convinced that Motherlode is the former Stoker while the original Silverlode triple was Cruiser.


  7. liftnerd April 1, 2023 / 4:17 pm

    Tensioning with a chain instead of a cable…not a common sight.


    • pbropetech April 8, 2023 / 8:37 am

      Very common on Yans of this era. RC-240 chain…. heavy stuff.


    • julestheshiba April 8, 2023 / 6:59 pm

      I know most of the original Yan lifts over at Palisades in California had that. Many of them were converted to hydraulic at somepoint


      • ryand1407 April 24, 2023 / 12:21 pm

        Pretty much all the fixed yans at Mammoth and June have chained counterweights.


  8. Ryan April 9, 2023 / 2:42 am

    Red Mountain is a nice place if you like old fashioned skiing. Which I do. Good infrastructure, even if it is a bit old. Not every lift needs to be a high speed lift.

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    • ryand1407 April 24, 2023 / 12:24 pm

      Agreed… But it would be nice to have silverlode be a hsq. Short, fast, and high capacity. It also wouldn’t spoil any good steep terrain, but would make a lot of green/blue mellow terrain more accessible.

      Motherlode also wouldn’t hurt from a low-mid capacity hsq simply given it’s length and ride time, but that would 100% change the flavor of the entire resort. Probably for the negative. A silverlode upgrade really wouldn’t.


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