Sierra – Copper Mountain, CO

Bottom station and lift line.
Hydraulic tensioning and new Doppelmayr bullwheel.
View up the line.
The breakover.
Arriving at the top.
Another Doppelmayr bullwheel retrofit.
Top station from above.
Lift line.
Lower part of the line.
Uphill side of the drive.

13 thoughts on “Sierra – Copper Mountain, CO

  1. Kaden K December 23, 2019 / 10:19 am

    I love to see this go detach. Maybe a slower one though.


    • skitheeast December 23, 2019 / 2:58 pm

      I agree, although I would also extend it up to Mountain Chief’s top terminal. I know there might be potential wind issues, but it would make it a lot easier to access the backside and having to take Celebrity Ridge in addition to Sierra is a pain.


      • pbropetech December 24, 2019 / 12:24 pm

        There’s no room up there for another terminal, especially a detachable.


        • Donald Reif December 24, 2019 / 1:47 pm

          At least five of the proposed lift upgrades from Copper’s 2011 Master Plan have been implemented: the upgrades of Kokomo and High Point to high speed quads, replacement of Storm King with a T-Bar and reinstallation of the platter for Celebrity Ridge, the upgrading of American Flyer to a high speed six pack (though American Eagle becoming a Chondola wasn’t on the plans back then), and the Three Bears lift on Tucker Mountain.

          Some of the projects proposed but not yet implemented were high speed quad upgrades of Alpine, Sierra and Lumberjack. In Sierra’s case, the proposed alignment would keep the lift’s start and end points the same, but an alternate approved route would have the lift start a little lower down to make it more accessible from the American Flyer lift, and end at the top of Union Peak, with direct access to Mountain Chief’s terrain.


    • Donald Reif December 31, 2019 / 7:25 pm

      Putting the upper terminal to unload at the point of unload for the return station on the current lift would be doable with a 90 degree unload.


    • pbropetech January 1, 2020 / 3:58 pm

      That’s possible. My earlier comment was in regards to putting the terminal on top of the peak adjacent to the current top of chair 6.


  2. GEORGE T January 1, 2020 / 8:14 am

    Donald, If they move the loading station ‘downhill’ it might be right where they put the outhouse.


  3. gavin January 11, 2020 / 5:47 pm

    Why does celebrity ridge exist? Could they not extend sierra to the top of union peak?
    Sierra would be a good as a detach quad.

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    • Joe Blake March 24, 2021 / 3:34 pm

      The real question is what was wrong with booting the thirteen steps to the top of the hill?


    • Myles Svec March 24, 2021 / 5:02 pm

      Probably because of wind reasons they could not extend it to the top of Union peak.


  4. Somebodyelse June 21, 2022 / 11:50 am

    Looks like a CTEC chair upgrade, too.


    • pbropetech June 21, 2022 / 8:10 pm

      Correct, we did that concurrently with R-lift.


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