Mountain Chief – Copper Mountain, CO

Top station bullwheel and breakover towers.
Steep upper lift line.
Middle portion of the line.
View towards the top.
Tower 2.
This lift was relocated from the front side with hydraulic tensioning added.
Lower terminal overview.
Doppelmayr combo assemblies.
View back down the line.
Tower 13.
Top bullwheel and lift shack.
Lower terminal seen from Blackjack.

9 thoughts on “Mountain Chief – Copper Mountain, CO

  1. Ryan August 24, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    That top bull wheel.. is it a YAN or Doppie?


  2. Donald Reif August 24, 2019 / 6:09 pm

    Tower 9 looks like it’s a Doppelmayr tower in its entirety, including the tube.


    • Michael August 24, 2019 / 8:45 pm

      Tower 9- Yan tower and cross arm with front walkway and gussets underneath added. Doppelmayr combination assemblies.


  3. Donald Reif December 9, 2020 / 2:01 pm

    I think this lift also had a loading setup similar to Bashor when it ran in the Timberline Express pod:


    • Michael December 9, 2020 / 4:49 pm

      That Lift shown is old I Lift. That became Blackjack as a Top Drive. Mountain Chief was built from old J Lift, which was adjacent to I lift in the Timberline Express pod.


  4. vons3 November 14, 2021 / 10:21 pm

    This lift got updated with a new doppelmayr gearbox, drive bullwheel with cat reducer and brakes in 2020.

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  5. Jim n February 1, 2022 / 12:08 am

    Worked that chair for a season. Two crazy stories. Once got caught in a avalanche right under the line.

    The other was crazy wind storm, the wind was ripping up the line from the bottom avg 50mph. I was on the line with the shop whilst they watched the wind gauge on the top shack. The window already had a crack and was held together with old metal wickets.
    I see a wall of white race up the hill and it hits the shack. The window blows in two and sends me into the other side the two riders on the chair get launched off the chair and wreck hard. The guy on the phone says it just hit 110! I tell him I’m shutting it down. We sled the rest of the back bowls riders out. With every one out a lone patroler comes to get me out. Both of us with maybe a meter of visibility get down that mean ass MTN

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    • pbropetech February 1, 2022 / 12:14 pm

      I’ve definitely had to put this on wind hold over the years. Never seen it get quite as bad as your story, though!

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