Rainier Express – Crystal Mountain, WA

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Bottom terminal.
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Top terminal in the summer.
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Top terminal.
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Looking down the lift line.
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Bottom drive terminal.
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Breakover towers near the summit.
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Looking up the lift line from the bottom terminal.
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Looking up the line in the summer.

9 thoughts on “Rainier Express – Crystal Mountain, WA

  1. Andrew October 4, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    The stations were painted white sometime after these pictures were taken. The pylons remain green however.

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  2. John October 23, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    They were white to begin with, so that’s cool. As I recall the towers were black, the terminal legs were blue (as was all the steel inside), and the towerheads were galvanized (zinc-coated). Boyne painted everything green somEtime after I left there (1997).

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  3. Raj Thorp January 27, 2020 / 8:57 pm

    These types of terminals are quite rare. Besides the one at sunshine village in BC, do any of you guys know where some others are?

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    • Donald Reif January 27, 2020 / 9:10 pm

      There’s this, Angel Express, and the White Peaks Express at Waterville. White Peaks is the only one of these three to be a top-drive, as Rainier and Angel are bottom-drive lifts. They are the precursor to the Competition terminal that came out a year later.

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      • AvocadoAndy January 28, 2020 / 9:10 am

        It’s a shame they didn’t continue to develop these, they’re surprisingly modern looking. I remember thinking it was some aftermarket retrofit the first time I saw it. Given Doppie was still making CLD-260s when these came out it seems like these would have given them a much more competitive edge as far as terminals go.

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        • skier72 January 28, 2020 / 10:13 am

          Agreed. I like this terminal design better than the clunky competition terminals that came out next. I also find it a shame that Poma didn’t introduce their Satellit Terminals to North America, but it was an exclusively European product. I just think the Satellit terminals look better than any North American product Poma produced.

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        • Donald Reif January 28, 2020 / 12:24 pm

          The only lift I can think of in North America that comes close to having the look of the Satellit terminal is the Peak Chair, which is a Doppelmayr.

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        • Donald Reif January 28, 2020 / 12:26 pm

          If they were kept for a few more years, the American Eagle, Beaver Run SuperChair, North Ridge Express and Squaw One Express lifts would’ve all had these terminals too. It’s also likely that this design would’ve still been shortened to the two-mast design of the Challenger terminals.

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