Roundhouse – Alpine Meadows, CA

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Doppelmayr Uni station at the bottom.
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Lift line.
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“This is NOT a beginner lift.”
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The bottom station and tower 1 are height-adjustable for snow loads.
Leaving the main lodge.
View back down the lift line.
Tower 13.
Doppelmayr Uni station.
Upper terminal and last tower.
Combo assembly.
Looking up the line.
Unloading ramp.
Worldbook
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

7 thoughts on “Roundhouse – Alpine Meadows, CA

  1. Collin April 27, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    This lift looks to be one of the few with the short UNI terminals that could only go 900 feet per minute. The vast majority of UNI installations are full length, 1000 feet per minute terminals.

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    • Max Hart April 28, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      There’s a few at Mt. Bachelor with the short terminals as well, and probably others that I can’t think of off the top of my head.

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      • julestheshiba January 27, 2020 / 7:05 pm

        Heavenly also has a few, although roundhouse is the one I know the best.

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  2. Tyler January 27, 2020 / 9:04 pm

    Why do you think these short, compact terminals have gone out of fashion? The early 90s Uni terminals take up less space than current models and now that more shorter HSQs are being installed, I would think these would be more popular in space-constrained or beginner settings.

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    • Donald Reif January 27, 2020 / 9:07 pm

      I’d say for standardization purposes at the factory.

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    • Teddy's Lift World January 28, 2020 / 1:30 pm

      Also for ease of maintenance. The more compact the terminal, the less space there is for maintenance personnel to access key components of the lift. I think mountains have also realized that they don’t necessarily need such a small terminal. This lift, for example, could’ve gotten away with much larger terminals.

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      • Donald Reif January 28, 2020 / 3:24 pm

        And this isn’t exactly the only lift where a larger terminal would’ve been warranted. Sunrise at Mt. Bachelor comes to mind (same vintage UNI as Roundhouse), since the other Doppelmayr HSQs (Skyliner, Cloudchaser, Summit) around it all have full-length terminals and run full speed. I say the same thing about Winter Park’s HSQs with the compact Challenger terminals, the Olympia Express in particular (on account of distance).

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