Shirley Lake Express – Palisades Tahoe, CA

Rare Doppelmayr lift at Olympic Valley with height-adjustable Uni-GS terminals.
Bottom station with small maintenance rail.
Lift overview.
Integrated tower 1.
Look down the line.
Garaventa chairs with Doppelmayr hangers.
Breakover towers.
Arrival up top.
Top station with another maintenance rail.
Drive terminal.
Lower part of the line.
Unload ramp.
Top station above Big Blue.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

8 thoughts on “Shirley Lake Express – Palisades Tahoe, CA

  1. John Janecek November 19, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    You’ll notice that the final break-over towers are painted white while the other towers, on the line, are painted black… The break-over towers, when black, absorb enough solar heat to slightly distort them and move the haul-rope’s location minutely. The electronics sensors for spacing of the chairs were often tripped, and the lift shut down, before the painting change was made. This was noticed after the original Shirley Lake Express (circa 1987) was installed.


  2. Duncan N. March 22, 2018 / 11:19 am

    This came to me as I was reading this, is there any efficient way to tell the drive from the return on a detachable? The phatboys are pretty obvious, and I know some LPA heritage lifts have exhaust pipes indicating backup drives, but I don’t know if say, modern UNI-G terminals have any signs. Anyone know anything?


    • Doppelmayr FTW March 22, 2018 / 11:37 am

      I know At least some UNIGs have bulges on the roof of the drive terminal. (Powder seeker comes to mind)
      Other than that I don’t know


      • Duncan N. March 22, 2018 / 11:41 am



  3. Maxwell Uguccioni April 20, 2019 / 10:51 am

    How can you tell the difference between the AK-400 and the Agamatic grip?


    • Somebody April 20, 2019 / 12:52 pm

      The rubber wheels are white on AG grips and black on the AK grips, and the AG grips have a slightly darker shade of blue to them. The AKs also look like they are taller than the AG grips. If you look at the grips side by side, you can tell the difference. Here:


    • themav April 20, 2019 / 1:31 pm

      Occasionally you’ll see AK-400 grips with black springs as well. The blue springs technically make them AK-460 grips.


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