Northern Spirit Express #1 – 49° North

This lift effectively replaced an SLI double, though the previous Chair 1 remained in place for one season following construction.
Side view of the bottom tension station.
Loading area and lift line.
Canadian style tower.
Unloading area.
View inside the top terminal.
Gearbox and drive equipment.
There are a bunch of combination towers in a row around the middle part of the line.
A 16 sheave combo assembly.
Lower lift line below tower 6.
Looking up the line below the old Chair 1 midstation.
The first few towers.
Lift overview.
Doppelmayr Connect controls.
View riding up the line.
US style tower head.
Tower 9.
Middle part of the lift line.
View up the steepest part of the line.
Breakover towers 18 and 19.
Arriving at the drive terminal.
Side view of the summit.
Tower 16.
View up from the base area.
Old and new chair 1s.
View leaving the base area.
Lower part of the line.
View back near the summit.
Towers for the new lift are much taller and further apart than the old lift.
View down the main face of 49 North.
Doppelmayr EJ chair with Agamatic grip and puck foot rests.
Upper lift line.
Tower 11 next to the old lift’s middle station.
View up at tower 9.
Another combo tower.
Lift line overview with the old double still standing but not operating.
Tension system.

10 thoughts on “Northern Spirit Express #1 – 49° North

  1. Donald Reif February 11, 2022 / 6:20 pm

    It’s rare to see 16-sheave combis on high speed quads, honestly. The only other one I can think of that has them is the Outlaw Express on tower 8:


    • Ben Eminger February 11, 2022 / 9:33 pm

      Big Mountain Express at Whitefish has one on the heavy side of tower 17 & Palmer at Timberline has one on the heavy side of tower 15.

      Liked by 1 person

      • jmward February 12, 2022 / 3:00 pm

        Eagle Express at Cypress has those on both sides of tower 6:


  2. Will February 11, 2022 / 6:20 pm

    Beautiful lift, also nice photobomb in photo 14 lol


    • ski man February 22, 2022 / 6:20 pm

      It was the guy in the window wasn’t it lol


  3. Joe Blake February 12, 2022 / 10:10 am

    While I understand that the “puck” terminology is in reference to the size of the footrest, I can’t help thinking playing hockey with a round-cornered triangle would be like playing soccer with a football.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Somebody February 12, 2022 / 10:38 am

    I don’t know if it’s just me but the picture won’t load for me. All I can see is the text. I restarted my computer but it didn’t fix it. Does anybody have the same issue?


  5. wolf February 12, 2022 / 3:36 pm

    You have to reload over and over again, until it loads. Patience and time are the most important things in the universe.


  6. ski man February 22, 2022 / 5:44 pm

    Video of the lift


  7. ryand1407 October 27, 2022 / 1:04 am

    One the most deserved lift upgrades… 49 has always had fun terrain, but it’s always been held back by the 20 min frozen slowmo ascent. You were legitimately held back on number of laps, especially if a line ever formed.

    Skied this for the first time last year, feels like a totally new mtn.


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