Pete’s Express #39 – Vail, CO

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Bottom station with the Back bowls behind.
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Another terminal custom-designed for Blue Sky Basin.
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Leaving the return station.
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Tower #12.
The first few towers.
Loading area and maintenance rail.
Riding up the line.
Upper lift line.
View back to the Back Bowls.
Arriving at the top of Blue Sky Basin.
Upper terminal structure.
Side look at the top.
Another view up the line.
Lower lift line.

7 thoughts on “Pete’s Express #39 – Vail, CO

  1. ALT2870 December 10, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    When were these pictures taken?

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    • Donald M. Reif March 21, 2019 / 9:40 pm

      These photos are from 2007. Arguably nothing has changed about the lift since then. Blue Sky Basin has stayed relatively untouched. The only real difference, if you can call it that, is that the Pete’s Express received those plastic map displays in 2014 (as did the Orient Express lift and a few others). Interestingly, the Skyline Express didn’t get those displays (despite being the sole way into Blue Sky Basin).


    • Donald M. Reif March 21, 2019 / 9:41 pm

      And another slight difference would be the EpicMix readers being added to all lifts in 2010.


  2. Donald M. Reif March 21, 2019 / 9:44 pm

    This is Vail’s highest chairlift, offloading at 11,570 feet. Much like its older brother the Earl’s Express, this is a low capacity high speed quad, with just 1,800 pph, which is a higher capacity than the Earl’s Express (1,200 pph) but still less than the Skyline Express (2,400 pph).


    • Myles Svec October 16, 2021 / 1:50 pm

      Wouldn’t the proposed Mongolia express unload even higher than this?


      • skitheeast October 16, 2021 / 2:10 pm

        According to the master plan, yes.


  3. Donald Reif August 30, 2019 / 9:41 am


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