Needles Express Gondola – Snowbasin, UT Bottom terminal with underground cabin parking. Top terminal with vault drive. View down from the summit. Last section of the lift line. Crossing over Porcupine. Lower lift line. The bottom terminal from above. Side view of the return station. View up from the base. Top station with motor room below. Share this:EmailTwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...
This lift was originally called Middle Bowl Express, but was quickly changed to Needles Express, presumably to avoid having two lifts called Middle Bowl. The Middle Bowl Express name was reused on the LPOA 6 pack that replaced the Middle Bowl triple.
This is one of 3 cases I can think of where a lift was called one name, then quickly renamed, only for the original name to be reused elsewhere. One of them is the Birds of Prey Express at Beaver Creek, which was renamed to the Cinch Express. The Birds of Prey Express name was reused on the Doppelmayr high speed quad that replaced the Westfall Double. The other one is the Bear Mountain Quad at Killington. This name was not always carried by the lift that has it now. It was the original name for the Devil’s Fiddle Quad, which was built when the current version was still a triple, and thus called the Bear Mountain Triple. When it was converted to a quad, it took the Bear Mountain Quad name, and the other lift was renamed the Devil’s Fiddle Quad.
You know something I am wondering, I noticed that on all of Snowbasins gondola cabins they have removed all branding and logos. I wonder if they are going to replace the cabins soon as they are getting pretty rough.