Olympia Express – Winter Park, CO

Lower part of the lift line.
View up the line.
Bottom station with tensioning.
Another view of the lift line.
Looking up.
View back down from near the summit.
Arriving up top.
Unloading ramp.
Side view of the Poma top terminal.
Top station overview.
Upper lift line.
Drive station.

13 thoughts on “Olympia Express – Winter Park, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif March 5, 2019 / 12:41 pm

    I’ve always been one to wonder why they didn’t give this lift an Alice in Wonderland based name, given that’s the overall theme for the pod of trails it laps (and that theme even extends to the Looking Glass lift). I mean, even calling it the White Queen Express or the Red Queen Express would suffice.

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    • powderforever July 17, 2019 / 11:45 am

      Silver Queen Express?


    • Mark Willits October 4, 2019 / 7:31 am

      Here’s why the Olympia is named Olympia:

      The original lift was completed in August of 1971 just before the 1972 Olympics were to be held in Japan. Chairs were sold for $25 a piece to raise funds for the US Olympic team. The names of the donors were on a sign with engraved nameplates for all of the donors. I believe the sign is still there or was until 5-10 years ago. So the lift was named in honor of the US Olympic team from the era.


  2. Donald M. Reif March 5, 2019 / 12:43 pm

    The high speed quads on the backside of the Winter Park section and Vasquez Ridge are the only three to have footrests. Those in the main section of the Winter Park area are without footrests.


  3. Collin Parsons March 5, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    Not sure why they didn’t get the full length terminals for this to allow for a speed of 1100 vs 900 feet per minute. The top and bottom don’t seem space constrained at all.


    • Donald M. Reif March 5, 2019 / 8:22 pm

      The same could be said with the Prospector Express, Gemini Express and High Lonesome Express, honestly.


      • Collin Parsons March 5, 2019 / 8:42 pm

        But those lifts are shorter, so a higher speed wouldn’t make much of a difference.

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        • GreatEight March 5, 2019 / 9:19 pm

          High Lonesome is pretty long.


        • Donald Reif July 17, 2019 / 12:40 pm

          There’s definitely a lot of room at the Olympia Express and High Lonesome Express unload areas for those lifts to be full length Challenger terminals.


  4. Kaden K May 3, 2019 / 7:27 am

    Does anyone know what the chairs on this lift are called?


    • Max Hart May 3, 2019 / 9:00 am

      These are Poma’s thrid generation Arceaux quad chairs. I don’t know why everyone calls these “Falcon” chairs, but the official name is Arceaux.


      • Teddy's Lift World May 3, 2019 / 9:36 am

        Yes, the name for them are the Arceaux chairs but I have always called them falcon carriers. This is because of the skilifts.org ID sheets. They call them falcon carriers so I am just used to calling them that. For informational purposes, I will begin to call them Arceaux carriers in my Youtube videos, but it will take me a while to get used to calling them that.


      • Sam Altavilla May 3, 2019 / 11:06 am

        I believe Poma of France came up with that name when they were first released. It actually makes sense, as it translates into ‘cradle’, which is what the chair is shaped like.

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