Seventh Heaven – Stevens Pass, WA

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This drive terminal is newer than the rest of the lift.
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Breakover towers up top.
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Looking down the short, steep lift line.
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Top bullwheel.
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Top terminal and very steep unload.
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Bottom drive-tension station.
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Looking up the line.
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11 thoughts on “Seventh Heaven – Stevens Pass, WA

  1. Jay December 23, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Was the loading station for 7th Heaven at Stevens Pass moved in the last 30 years? My memory is foggy but I think I remember having to ride a rope tow to get to the loading station and then I remember the chair spanning a really deep ravine where the chair was like a hundred feet off the snow. Am I imagining that or was the bottom station moved?

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    • Andrew December 23, 2017 / 11:32 pm

      The bottom station was replaced, and I imagine when they replaced it they made it more convenient to access.

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    • JT May 6, 2018 / 11:53 pm

      A little more history than you bargained for…

      All of the lift shacks with the exception of Jupiter, (load and unload), and the origional Double Diamond chair load, (where Kehr’s is located now), were rebuilt during the summer of 1994 by Curtis, Steve, John and Lee while I worked on the lighting extension project, (I could write an entire book on that), which increased night operations by some 40%. I stuck around that winter as full time load and maintenance on the 7th Heaven chair. There was a rope tow prior to that, but it was removed as memory serves in ’92 — because the Forest Service wouldn’t sign off to replace the 2kw Briggs & Straton that powered it. The 7H unload station was closer the top of the Bobby Chute back then and the load station was uphill, (about 30′ in elevation), approximately 15 m from where it is now. The new 7H chair loadout is much the same as it was previously, except the tensioning at the base of the load is now about 10′ longer giving the chair less bounce and swing and there’s no more need of the salamander net. When the HSQ Skyline chair was put in, it was extended about 40 meters from the original unload making 7H a ride-to lift.

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      • stmeyer2015 May 7, 2018 / 8:05 am

        Very Interesting. How did the old loading station fit onto bobby chute? Seems pretty steep from the photos

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    • Steve Crutchfield June 3, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      I have the same foggy memory. In the early ’70s I rode 7th Heaven a few times. You took a rope tow from the top of “Big Chair” (the old Barrier chair that ran to the skier’s right from Skyline Express.) Once you got 7th Heaven you rode across a really deep ravine. One time the chair stopped when I was over the ravine and it was terrifying to dangle what seemed like a mile in the air. After you got to the second set of towers the chairlift steepened and you seemed to be going vertically up the side of the mountain. It was definitely a “Don’t look back” kind of ride.

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  2. Ryan Gardner August 27, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    I love how steep that line is from the start!

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  3. AvocadoAndy January 14, 2019 / 12:42 pm

    Anyone know why they have that odd tower right behind another one? Doesn’t seem to have any sheaves so I can’t think of any other reason they’d have it. Reinforcement maybe?

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    • John March 11, 2019 / 9:27 am

      The higher tension that came with the new terminal eliminated the need for additional sheaves there.

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      • Andrew March 11, 2019 / 11:20 am

        Didn’t they change the alignment when they added the new terminal? Why would they just stick in a tower they wouldn’t even use?

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        • John March 11, 2019 / 1:20 pm

          They didn’t. The only thing that changed was the location of the bottom terminal when they replaced it. The two towers are so close that I suspect they couldn’t remove the one without damaging the other, thus they merely removed the sheave assemblies.

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