Squaw One Express – Squaw Valley, CA

Bottom return station.
View up to the top.
Tower 1 and Poma terminal.
Loading area.
Lower station with maintenance rail.
Unique tower setup to span a road.
Entire lift seen from above.
Rare Poma detachable terminal model.
Drive station overview.
Side view of the top station.
Terminal underskin missing a few panels.
Breakover towers.
Upper lift line.
Middle part of the line.
Lift line seen from KT-22.

15 thoughts on “Squaw One Express – Squaw Valley, CA

    • Teddy Hubbell May 27, 2018 / 6:55 am

      I just noticed that! Both Sugarbush and Copper had Competition carriers. Sugarbush had a slightly newer terminal design than Copper and Squaw Valley.


    • adrian1701 May 27, 2018 / 7:00 pm

      A similar lift exists in Ontario, also has the Arceaux carriers as opposed to the Competition. I’m pretty sure that, as with Doppelmayr CTEC in the early 2000s, customers had a choice between Competition and Arceaux carriers until the former was phased out.


  1. V3 May 26, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    This lift was the sister of the American Eagle lift that is currently being removed from Copper Mt, and one of the first detachable quads built in Grand Junction


    • Max Hart May 27, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      Poma of America’s first unique detachables were built in 1988 (White Peaks at Waterville NH, Rainier Express at Crystal Mtn WA, and the Angel Express at Sunshine Village). Apparently the technology seen in the unnamed 1988 terminals is almost exactly the same as the Competition terminals (seen on Squaw One, current North Ridge at the bush, and former Eagle), just with a different enclosure. Big Burn at Snowmass (1987 Poma) may also be somewhat related from a technological standpoint, but (correct me if I’m wrong) I believe most of that lift was fabricated in France.


    • Collin May 27, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      The pre-1988 terminals were all shipped over from Europe, but at one point they started installing them with North American crews. They offered both the Falcon and Competition chair for 1989 because the Sachem Quad at Okemo has them too.


      • Max Hart May 27, 2018 / 8:09 pm

        Sachem has Arceaux / Falcon carriers.


      • Collin May 28, 2018 / 10:51 am

        Yes that’s what I meant. Said it a bit unclearly. My theory to the Falcon or Arceaux/Performant debate is that the chairs and terminals were sold as Falcon North American while in Europe they were sold as Arceaux and Performant for the chairs and terminals respectively.


  2. alex December 15, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    the original name of this lift was Squaw Peak Express


  3. Donald M. Reif March 15, 2019 / 12:34 am

    Is this an auxiliary lift or main lift?


    • ALEX March 15, 2019 / 9:07 am



    • Teddy's Lift World March 15, 2019 / 9:08 am

      This is a backup to the Funitel. It runs weekends and holidays and will only run mid-week if there are excessive crowds at the Funitel, or if the Funitel is having mechanical issues.


    • Tommy Boy March 15, 2019 / 9:08 am

      Auxiliary lift that typically runs on weekends/holidays and or if the Funitel is down for maintenance


  4. Maxwell July 11, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    This and Silverado are the only two lifts at squaw valley with footrests.


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