Snow Bowl Express – Stratton, VT

This high speed quad from Doppelmayr was among the first lifts Alterra Mountain Company bought after its formation.
The lift replaced a Poma quad and nearby platter lift.
Loading area with Chairkit gates.
There is manual parking at the bottom.
UNI-G-S station.
Towers 1 and 2 are right next to the bottom station.
In addition to the parking, there is a catwalk for grip access.
Lower station overview.
T1-2 side view.
This lift also features a new color scheme for Stratton.
Lift line.
Tower 3.
Lower part of the lift line.
View up the lift line.
Another view down the lift line.
Square tower foundation.
Looking down at tower 9.
Doppelmayr EJ chair with wind slats hung below a DT-104 grip.
Tower 15.
The top terminal is directly next to the gondola summit station.
UNI-G-M station with tensioning inside.
Unloading area and turnaround.
Another view of the top station.
Side view up top.

17 thoughts on “Snow Bowl Express – Stratton, VT

  1. Collin Parsons May 2, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    I love the natural frame created by chair #63 with Bromley in the background. It’s interesting that in the package deal for this lift and it’s two sisters at Tremblant and Deer Valley, that this is the biggest lift in terms of length and vertical, yet it is located at the smallest mountain. I had the opportunity to ride it back in March, and I can say it’s my favorite Stratton lift and the only one that regularly operates at full speed.

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  2. Somebody May 3, 2019 / 11:09 am

    Seeing how this lift impacted the skiing experience this season, it makes me wonder why Intrawest never got to this. Liftlines this year were way shorter across the entire mountain, and the terrain this lift services is great, no matter what kind of skier you are. Best mountain improvement since the sunbowl six packs went in 18 years ago.


    • Collin Parsons May 3, 2019 / 11:14 am

      Intrawest was cheap. Years of broken promises and 17 years of no lift improvements at all. Alterra came in and got it done. I think the choice to get a high speed quad over a 6 pack is fine. It will never be as crowded as URSA where there are 5 other lifts feeding traffic into it, or Sunrise/Amex which are out of base lifts. It’s a lift for lapping the Snow Bowl terrain and serves that purpose well.

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  3. reaperskier May 5, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    Are they planning to repaint the other lifts at stratton in a similar color scheme?


    • Collin Parsons May 5, 2019 / 6:41 pm

      All their other detachable terminals are just black. The UNI-G offers more color choices than earlier designs so they decided to be creative and add some red. If they get another UNI-G it will probably use this same color scheme but I don’t think they will repaint older lifts with it.


  4. Somebody May 20, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    They missed a naming opportunity with this lift. When they replaced the old sun bowl quad on the other side of the mountain in ’01, they made the new detachable “Sunrise Express”, this one should have been “Snowfall express” to match with that naming scheme.

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    • Donald Reif May 20, 2019 / 10:25 pm

      Why not Sunset Express?


      • Teddy's Lift World May 21, 2019 / 7:28 am

        Snow Bowl is the name of the area. Most people call Sunrise the Sunbowl Chair. It’s more logical this way.


        • Donald Reif May 21, 2019 / 11:50 am

          Perhaps Sunrise needs a renaming.


        • Teddy's Lift World May 21, 2019 / 12:47 pm

          It doesn’t need a rename, but it is just a common misconception around the mountain. One thing that can be confusing for some people is the abundance of lift names starting with s. People get Solstice and South American confused often as well.


  5. Somebody November 23, 2019 / 9:34 pm

    Stratton is building what appears to be an indoor maintenance building at the bottom of this lift.


  6. Somebody December 23, 2019 / 7:24 pm
    • Donald Reif January 23, 2020 / 8:27 am


  7. Donald Reif January 23, 2020 / 10:38 pm

    I think they reused a lot of the tower foundations, at least, when you compare Snow Bowl FGQ’s towers in the background of this picture of the gondola

    ….to this one with Snow Bowl HSQ in the background:


    • Collin Parsons January 24, 2020 / 5:34 am

      Nope, they did not reuse any because the alignment was changed. It now goes up looker’s right of the trail instead of looker’s left.


    • Sam Altavilla January 24, 2020 / 9:07 am

      The old foundations have yet to be removed and are still visible on the skier’s right side of the Upper Liftline trail. (I would know because I end up marking them almost every day haha)


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