Storm Peak Express – Steamboat, CO

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Top Uni-model drive station.
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Unloading area and operator house.
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Side view of the top terminal.
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View down towards Four Points.
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Return station.
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Doppelmayr Austria plaque.
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Lift overview.
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Upper part of the lift line.
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Riding up the line.
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Former bubble chair.
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Underskin of the top station.
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Lower lift line.
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Bottom station with grip maintenance bay.
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8 thoughts on “Storm Peak Express – Steamboat, CO

  1. Kaden K February 10, 2019 / 10:38 pm

    It’s sad that they took the bubbles off

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    • Doppelmayr FTW February 11, 2019 / 9:06 pm

      Does anyone know why?

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      • Kevin February 11, 2019 / 10:56 pm

        They were scratched up from skiers trying to scrape the frost off the bubble. No inside storage so they were subjected to the elements of storm peak.

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        • eugenetoyandhobby February 11, 2019 / 11:07 pm

          Bubbles are always an interesting topic. While they do provide protection from the elements, they can be sails in the wind and are quite expensive to maintain. This can equate to lift downtime if a cable wire breaks or the inability to run in windy conditions compared to not having them. However, at the same time, ski gear and improved so much that while riding the chairlift, only your face gets cold and not your entire body. Therefore, you don’t need the bubble to keep you warm between runs. In my honest option, the bubbles from both lifts should have been relocated to Thunderhead. It has wind protection and it’s at a lower elevation to keep you out of the elements if it does drizzle.

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        • Collin Parsons February 12, 2019 / 12:08 pm

          The EJ bubble chairs were poorly designed as they didn’t provide enough protection from the elements and were too light. Indoor storage is definitely a must for bubble chairs and gondolas and I think most resorts get this now. The newer bubble chairs I think are much better both for wind, comfort, and ease of operation and I only see the number of them being built increasing.

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  2. Donald Reif February 15, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    They’ve always had that big gap between chairs 143 and chair 1. Somehow I’ve always wondered why they don’t add an additional chair so the gap doesn’t seem so big.

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    • Thomas Jett February 15, 2019 / 10:56 pm

      I’d imagine that it’s just human error, in that the gaps between 1 and 2 all the way to 142 and 143 are on average a bit more narrow than the design spacing. The effect is that there’s a lot of rope left with no chairs on it between 143 and 1.

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    • John February 17, 2019 / 10:24 am

      That’s the ‘end gap’, which is designed into the spacing system to allow for errors throughout the day. Putting another chair there would negate that.

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