Snowflake – Breckenridge, CO

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This is one of the most unique lifts in North America, with a mid-station and a 70-degree turn accomplished through two bullwheels and horizontal sheaves.
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Mid-load just before the turn.
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View down the lower line.
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Approaching the turn, where the downhill side crosses overt the uphill side twice.
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Bullwheel one.
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Horizontal sheaves, uphill side.
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Bullwheel two.
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Poma engineers had some fun with this one.
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Upper lift line.
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Arriving at the top.
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Fixed return bullwheel.
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Lift line near the top.
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Turn overview.
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There are four bullwheels total.
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The principle is: two sweeping right turns make a left turn.
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Poma Alpha drive down below.
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Loading area.
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There is no ski-under clearance until the turn.
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Mid-load.
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2 thoughts on “Snowflake – Breckenridge, CO

  1. Matthew Toy February 25, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    I need to ride this before I die!

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  2. Donald M. Reif March 18, 2019 / 3:57 pm

    I believe the lift was built with two intentions in mind: the very bottom drive station is for those coming out of their condos on Four O’Clock Road. The midstation is to give people an alternate route to Peak 8 if the Peak 8 SuperConnect goes down (as originally built, Snowflake also gave beginners a way to transit by lift from Peak 9 to Peak 8 since the Peak 8 SuperConnect’s predecessor Lift 4 only could be reached from the upper Peak 9 lifts).

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