Sun Up Express #9 – Vail, CO

LPA return terminal.
Side view of the top terminal.
Most of the lift seen from behind.
Side view of the return terminal.
Loading area.
Middle lift line.
Lower lift line.
Lower station area.
Riding up the line.
Unload ramp.
Downhill end of the top terminal.
The final few towers.
Looking down the line towards High Noon.
Another view of the bottom terminal.

2 thoughts on “Sun Up Express #9 – Vail, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif March 24, 2019 / 10:12 am

    I actually consider this style of lifting frame to be very retro because it’s kinda like what many Poma lifts in the 1980s used.

    On a technical level, this lift’s real differences from the High Noon Express are that it has the newer style lifting frame as well as LPA chairs instead of Omega chairs. But it’s not an outlier for having LPA chairs since the Northwoods Express lift has them as well.


  2. Donald Reif November 29, 2020 / 6:46 am

    I think one could say that with this lift’s installation, Vail became a 100% detachable chairlift/gondola experience mountain, save for beginners in the learning areas on Gopher Hill and Little Eagle, anyone accessing the hill from Cascade Village, race traffic on the Golden Peak T-Bar, and anyone headed to the Mongolia Bowl.


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