Peak 8 SuperConnect – Breckenridge, CO

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Double-stack drive terminal for this extended two-section lift.
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The breakover.
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Stage II lift line.
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Above the mid-station.
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There is a slight angle change between stages I and II but only one haul rope.
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View up stage II.
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Mid-station with loading only.
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Side view of the angle station.
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Crossing over C-Chair.
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Return terminal on Peak 9.
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Lower station with integrated sheaves.
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Crossing over Beaver Run.
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Second crossing over C-Chair.
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Approaching the angle station.
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Some chairs are left empty for the mid-load.
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Loading area between Peaks 8 and 9.
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View back down the line.
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Towers 27-28.
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Drive station overview.
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3 thoughts on “Peak 8 SuperConnect – Breckenridge, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif February 22, 2019 / 8:37 am

    This lift originally had 90 degree loading at the lower Peak 9 terminal from 2002 until 2013. In 2013, they converted the return terminal to in-line loading. You can see where there used to be an overhang for the original loading zone: https://skiliftblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/img_3123.jpg

    The interesting thing, though, is that I don’t think the contour belts were adjusted in the shift to in-line loading, so the chairs come around and hit you at a much higher speed that you normally see on these types of lifts.

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  2. Howard Fox February 26, 2019 / 7:47 am

    Don:

    On Saturday, I was hit by a chair on this lift while boarding. It hit with such force that I will need ACL (and possibly MCL) surgery. I have skied for nearly 50 years and have never had any incidents on chair lifts before. I believe that the accident was tied to high winds on Saturday, mid-mountain loading that day, and lack of control by the lift operators. In addition, the chair seemed to come from the left at maybe twice the speed of a “normal” chair. It knocked me to the ground and took 2 more chairs before the lift operators stopped the lift. Here was the comment by one of the operators: “You didn’t move fast enough or the chair would not have hit you”! Needless to say, I am very unhappy with the lift and the injury!!

    Howard Fox

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  3. Donald M. Reif March 12, 2019 / 10:44 am

    This lift was built to replace Lift 4, a Riblet double chairlift which started where the midstation is. The lower segment of the lift was built for the purposes of making it easier to transit from Peaks 9 and 10 to Peaks 8, 7 and 6, so that someone wouldn’t have to go to the top of Peak 9 and ski down Gold King or Volunteer to a cat track to Lift 4, or (after 1996) use the Snowflake midway load.

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