Powder Gulch Express – SilverStar, BC

A Yan detachable used to have a half mid-station for unloading in this spot.
The new Leitner-Poma version features a double stack Omega terminal up top.
Top few towers.
Middle section of the lift line.
View up the line.
Steep lower part of the line.
Another section of the line.
Steep section with towers 1 and 2.
Side view of the return terminal.
Lower station with maintenance rail.
Departure side at the bottom station.
Breakover towers.
View back down at T13.
Arrival up top.
View down from the summit.
Large drive terminal.
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6 thoughts on “Powder Gulch Express – SilverStar, BC

  1. Random Skier October 17, 2019 / 9:14 am

    Why would they shorten this lift? it just takes longer to get to the top now.

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    • Donald Reif October 17, 2019 / 10:39 am

      It’s not like the T-Bar is the only way back. There is a long green run called Last Chance that goes back to the Comet Express and the Silver Woods Express.

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    • Donald Reif October 17, 2019 / 11:19 am

      Could be a distance thing. Building the lift without a midstation and ending it at the top of the Home Run T-Bar would have resulted in a lift that was 9,525 feet long. That’s akin to having a lift about the same length as say, Keystone’s Summit Express. And most of the T-bar is over relatively flat terrain that I don’t think the resort would want you to have go through that flat zone to get to any trails south of the lift, as well as the Sunny Ridge trails north of the lift. So they had Powder Gulch built to end at the top of the bowl where most of the trails begin, and built a T-Bar to cover the short upper section of Putnam Creek so that people can reach a direct route back to the main village without having to take Last Chance to the Comet Express.

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      • Andy October 17, 2019 / 2:56 pm

        It’s in the math. The old Putnam Creek Express, built by YAN in 1991 was 9,525 feet long with 2060 feet of vertical. However the top 122 feet took 2545 horizontal feet to get there. By building the top terminal of the new Powder Gulch Express just above the real breakover of that ski terrain (at the site of the old mid station) , Silverstar saves a ton of money. The effective vertical lost is only 122 feet and only isolates six runs out of about fifty. And yes, at both the top of Powder Gulch and the top of the Home Run Tee, there are nice windy trails to take you back to the village at Silverstar. Smart move.on build

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  2. Donald Reif October 17, 2019 / 10:54 am

    Powder Gulch really does have to do a lot of work, since it’s the only lift servicing the Putnam Creek area and there’s a lot of trails feeding into it.

    Makes me think there should be some additional lifts back in this area, like an FGQ from the bottom of Fern Gully to the top of Aunt Gladys, a HSQ from the bottom of Putnam Creek to the top of Robilliard’s Rush, and a HSQ from the bottom of White Elephant to the top of Home Run Tee. Essentially, in all instances, eliminating long run outs. Though on the other hand, looking at Google Maps and measuring distances, the map does makes the distances seem longer than they actually are.

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