Riva Bahn Express #6 – Vail, CO

Bottom terminal building.
View up the line.
Another view of the base terminal in Vail Village.
Lift line on Vail Mountain. This lift is in some ways like two lifts with an angle station on Golden Peak.
Golden Peak lift line on the Vail Village side.
View back towards Vail Village.
Arriving at the angle station. The turn is only a few degrees.
Golden Peak station.
Breakover before the mid-station
This station offers unloading in both directions but no loading.
Side view of the mid.
Heading towards Northwoods.
Looking back to Golden Peak.
Drive station next to the bottom of Northwoods Express.
Station with parking and maintenance rail.
Uphill end of the Golden Peak station.
Stage II goes down before going up.

6 thoughts on “Riva Bahn Express #6 – Vail, CO

  1. Sarah Will April 7, 2019 / 1:11 am

    I am in search of Vail and Beaver Creek lift operators who were trained by Vail or Beaver Creek Adaptive Ski program early season with guest trainer, Sarah Will. I was director of AXS Vail Valley and we expanded recreation programs and services for people with disabilities throughout the entire valley. I was also a lift op in the 80’s in Vermont. A few years after that I had a ski accident and became an adaptive skier. I participated in the Paralympic games, the X Games, mono X, just for reference. I would like to hear your feedback on what kind of impact I had on your experience. . What do you remember about training. I would also like to know what your personal experience was as an operator, loading and unloading adaptive skiers, What was your best or worst memory. So many questions for you! It is my goal to produce an adaptive lift operator safety video. You are stars of the show. At that time, you were the best trained and most talented employees on the mountain and the world and I want to share your story.


  2. Donald Reif August 30, 2019 / 9:43 am


    • Collin Parsons October 2, 2019 / 9:36 pm

      If I was at Vail I would take this lift first thing in the morning instead of the gondola and take laps on Highline and Northwoods while everyone else went to the bowls. Interestingly, the first recording is from 2015 and there is no offload ramp at the base, so everyone downloading would’ve had to get off at mid and ski the rest of the way. I don’t know when Peter’s summer pictures were taken, but there is an offload ramp at the base in the second video from 2011, so people would’ve been allowed to ride all the way to the base. Does anyone know what the current set up is?

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      • Kevin October 3, 2019 / 9:59 am

        There has always been unloading at the base as 6 has always been a 2 way lift with unloading only @ mid-6. We will push snow to the bottom of 6 to keep it accessible for downloading until the end of the season no matter what, we’d rather have people be safe and download than risk the shitty snow conditions that exist towards the end of the season.

        Lapping 10 or 11 is great in the morning, but traffic on 11 in the am can cause it to have some lines. My usual route is 6 to 11 to 37 and I’ll lap BSB until it gets busy. Once it gets busy I head back to the front side where the lines have disappeared since most people are in the back.

        For the future, I’d like to see 6 become a gondola going all the way to 2 Elk with 2 stops along the way. I’d also like to see a new learning area developed at 2 Elk, maybe a couple of magic carpets to help the beginners.


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