Summit Express – Mt. Bachelor, OR

Bottom terminal building.
Lift line minus chairs.
Bottom terminal equipment.
Tower and lift line.
Drive cabinet.
Chair parking.
Bottom station.
Worldbook 2
Doppelmayr Worldbook page 1.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.
Riding up in the spring.
View back down the line.
Breakover towers 19-21.
This terminal building was re-used from the former detachable triple chair installed in 1982.
Top terminal building.
Lift line.
Top terminal during operation.
Note the extra metal plates to protect sheave trains from rime ice.
Lower terminal building with chair parking inside.
An empty lift line.

23 thoughts on “Summit Express – Mt. Bachelor, OR

  1. tjskiloaf17 December 5, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    any pics of old detach triple?

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    • John October 18, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      I’ve got several from the 80s. Unfortunately they’re on film and inaccessible to the interwebs at this point. If I can get them scanned I’ll post them here or send them to Peter. For what it’s worth, the original lift looked much the same aside from first-generation DS grips and green plastic slats on the old ET triple carriers.

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      • Joe Blake January 26, 2022 / 9:03 pm

        Well? We’re waiting…

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Maxwell May 23, 2019 / 8:43 pm

    1024 fpm?


  3. Donald Reif September 25, 2019 / 11:25 am

    For a high altitude lift with a lot of exposure, it does seem odd that the chairs wouldn’t be given slatted backrests, like Skyliner and Cloudchaser have.


  4. Donald Reif September 25, 2019 / 11:33 am

    Here’s a photo of the old high speed triple:

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    • Collin Parsons September 25, 2019 / 1:14 pm

      Really cool to see that picture. Where did you find it? Clearly the high speed triple was very low capacity. I didn’t think those lifting frames were out in 1983. I thought it would’ve had the ones like Duncan/Soleil at Tremblant. Also, it looks like the towers were reused for the quad.


      • Donald Reif September 25, 2019 / 2:58 pm

        It was on Wikipedia’s article about Mount Bachelor.


    • Skier March 23, 2021 / 7:06 pm

      Curious, was the high speed triple the first lift on this alignment? Those tower tubes don’t look like Doppelmayr to me, with the ladder type and it being concreted straight into the ground Yan-style. I don’t see anything on the lift list being removed in 1983.


      • pbropetech January 27, 2022 / 8:58 am

        No, the triple was the first. There may have been engineering reasons, or if Bachelor built this in-house they were probably used to Yan foundations from building three in the years immediately prior. Our early Pomas were all embedded footers instead of bolt cages because our installation team knew how to put up those kids of towers.

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        • skier January 27, 2022 / 2:03 pm

          Makes sense, the Pomas at Copper Mt right?


        • pbropetech January 27, 2022 / 9:27 pm

          Yup. K, L, A-1, M, O-1, and F all had embedded footers instead of the more typical Poma bolt cages.


  5. Donald Reif September 30, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    I’ve sometimes seen this photo of the lift as the banner when browsing the site:

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  6. Donald Reif January 28, 2020 / 8:10 pm

    Was the lift designed with 106 chairs to start or 99?


  7. Owen Mitchem November 17, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    I wonder why the extra metal plates as noted in picture 15 are not used on other high alpine lifts in Oregon, every year when Palmer opens in the Spring there is a pile of bent sheaves on the floor of the lower terminal and I haven’t noticed similar protective plates on any of the towers. I feel like The Mile, Palmer, and Cascade could all use any extra protection from ice that they can get. However they could be there and I just haven’t noticed them.


  8. ski man October 31, 2021 / 7:48 pm

    the towers and terminals are reused from the old high speed triple


    • Utah Lost Ski Area Project October 31, 2021 / 9:12 pm

      Towers and terminal buildings were reused, but the terminals and grips were replaced.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. ski man November 19, 2021 / 12:36 pm

    here are some old pictures of the high speed triple being made


  10. Somebody January 10, 2022 / 8:41 pm

    1983 was remarkably early for a detachable chair; I’m fairly certain that was the second one installed in the whole country. It’s strange to see they went with it on a line like Summit too. Was this built a detachable largely so they could remove the chairs during ice storms and high winds?

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    • Joe Blake January 26, 2022 / 8:28 pm

      Most likely. Volcanoes are home to utterly ridiculous weather. To clarify, true ice storms (freezing rain) are rare anywhere in the Cascades. Most “icing” is actually riming. Result for Maintenance is the same; a long day of hammering towers and terminals. Bachelor runs the rope on Summit continuously to keep riming to a minimum on the line gear. Obviously the towers still accumulate, as do the terminal buildings, but the rope is continuously cleaned, sheaves accumulate less, and those giant buildings protect all the terminal gear. In the end the labour spent is somewhat lower than places that do not keep the rope going. Lower, but not low. Easier, but not easy by any stretch.

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  11. Somebody January 30, 2022 / 8:45 am

    Exactly what Donald said but if you don’t want to create a Flickr account, you can use to upload your photos and then copy the “direct link” into the comment field here.


  12. SJF February 3, 2022 / 12:28 pm

    is there a timeline for the summit chair to be operational again?


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