Spirit Express II – Spirit Mountain, MN

Borvig built the first Spirit Express in 1986 with Leitner grips. 25 years later, Leitner-Poma replaced the terminals and chair with new models.
Unloading area.
Top terminal underskin.
View down from the summit.
Upper part of the lift line.
Lower lift line.
Chairs with bike carriers.
Middle lift line.
The first two towers.
Borvig/Leitner equipment.
The bottom station.
Loading ramp.
Lower terminal overview.

14 thoughts on “Spirit Express II – Spirit Mountain, MN

  1. Kyle W. April 8, 2019 / 6:48 pm

    Any pictures of the old Spirit Express? I’d be curious to see a Borvig HSQ.


    • Paul Manafort April 8, 2019 / 7:32 pm

      I recall seeing some photos of it on skilifts.org. It looked a lot like a Doppelmayr version of the Liberator Express at Mission Ridge. Since whoever runs that website is more anemic than the first Bush Administration, I’ve given up on ever being able to log in again.

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  2. Robb schuldt September 19, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    I have some pictures of this lift. I’ll try to post if I can.

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    • Donald Reif January 17, 2020 / 10:54 am

      LPA replaced the first tower as part of the rebuild.


  3. skier72 September 20, 2019 / 9:34 am

    On Google Earth, you can see the old Spirit Express. Just go back in time to 2010, then you get a good view of the lift.


  4. Robb September 18, 2020 / 9:05 am

    I have a few pictures of the Spirit Express (Leitner-Borvig), but I’m not sure how to post them here.


    • ne_skier September 18, 2020 / 12:24 pm

      Perhaps put them in a google doc or a google drive folder and post the link (make sure link sharing/public access is on)?


    • skier72 September 23, 2020 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks Robb, great pictures!


    • cfglick September 25, 2020 / 9:22 am

      That brings back memories.


  5. kiroro July 9, 2021 / 11:58 pm

    Was there any old photos of this lift with its leitner carriers when it was new?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Trent Schaffler July 29, 2021 / 12:10 am

      I grew up in St. Cloud. I remember it the first year and the bubble chairs. Wish I had pictures.


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