Snowflake – Deer Valley, UT

Bottom bullwheel.
Sprint model top terminal.
Lift line.
Bottom terminal and lift line.
Top terminal area.
For the 2022-23 season, Skytrac added two towers and relocated the bottom terminal back to its original location.
2022 bottom terminal spot very close to the original.
Skytrac tower head.
CTEC tower and Skytrac towers below.
Skytrac tower 2, one of two tower 2s now on this lift.

12 thoughts on “Snowflake – Deer Valley, UT

  1. Charlie May 18, 2018 / 7:17 am

    Why do they have two double lifts side by side?


  2. carson December 8, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    This lift has Yan towers and Yan foundations. Wonder why?


  3. Tyler February 23, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    The bottom terminal was moved a few hundred feet uphill about 5 years ago to make room for a new magic carpet beginner area, and this got safety bars when Alterra took over in 2018.

    The operator shacks are Yans, and in 1993 DV hadn’t yet removed enough Yans to explain where these came from, so they may have been new at the time. The towers are built by CTEC. The crossarms are just I-beams without lifting frames, maybe to match the no-lifting-frame towers on Burns next door. This was built in 1993, the same year as Northside, long after CTEC had used lifting frames on every lift.


  4. skier6 May 18, 2020 / 10:04 pm

    Why are there 2 double lifts side to side


    • Tyler May 19, 2020 / 9:59 am

      Redundancy in case one breaks down was probably the original answer, given how important high-touch ski school is to DV’s business. Also easier to get two little kids to coordinate than four little kids for the same capacity. When a kid falls off on one side, the other chair keeps spinning.


    • skitheeast May 19, 2020 / 10:26 am

      I would not be surprised to see both lifts replaced with a single detachable quad at some point in the future. Knowing Deer Valley, they like to present a premium experience, and that includes high-speed lifts everywhere on the mountain. Plus, they are easier for loading beginners.

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  5. Tyler May 19, 2020 / 10:55 am

    I would think Burns would get replaced and Snowflake would stay. Burns is turning 40 next year (along with DV itself) and while they probably would save $ by waiting beyond 2021 given the revenue impact of Covid, Burns has been open every day the resort is open for 40 years and is now more important after the Snowflake relocation.


  6. jeff May 20, 2020 / 9:38 am

    So if they replaced burns with a HSQ, snowflake would stay as a CTEC double?


  7. themav August 6, 2021 / 8:59 am

    So, the lift that was once moved uphill will now be moved back downhill, although it will be longer than its original alignment once the base area redevelopment is complete.

    On a more serious note, this is good news for DV. Hopefully this will help reduce the traffic jams that can occur on Deer Valley Drive.


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