Sun Valley – Bald Mountain, ID

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19 thoughts on “Sun Valley – Bald Mountain, ID

  1. Carson June 20, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    It sucks that flying squirrel had burned it was nice if you did not want to go down the run all the way. Sad about cold springs lift I hope to see it. Considering that it is its last year! It will be the first riblet I will ever see. Considering I’ve never skied it.


    • leni mcfenster July 7, 2017 / 3:28 pm

      You should have been there for the single chairs with tarps over the legs. I do miss Squirrel chair but the Cold Springs chair is nice in that it is out of the wind and sunny. But new chair opens 400 acres of off-piste and it opens in ’19.


  2. Jeff Lynne September 8, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Just curious, in the spreadsheet, why are the modified Yan detachables at Sun Valley labeled as being Doppelmayr lifts, while all the other converted Yan detachables are labeled as Yan lifts?


    • Peter Landsman September 8, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      I try and make a judgment call about the majority of components.


    • leni mcfenster November 21, 2020 / 5:30 pm

      went bankruped so switch alll running gear,in one summer


  3. Jeff Lynne September 23, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    Do you still have the pictures of the Yan Detachable terminals, grips, chairs, etc in the Cold Springs Boneyard on your computer?
    I’d love to see them and any other pre-modified Yan detachable/ Boneyard Yan pictures. Thanks!


      • Mason Schade March 23, 2020 / 9:10 am

        Peter, do you know if the YAN bubble is still there or any of the chairs?


        • skier72 March 23, 2020 / 10:40 am

          Idk about the bubble chair, but as of 2016, the boneyard is still intact. Here are the coordinates: 43.651967, -114.360299

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  4. Ryan Gardner April 1, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Given that the YAN HSQs that were built for SV in 88 will be coming up on 30 years or already are, do you think we’ll see some replacements announced in the not too distant future? I realize that Doppie upgraded those lifts in the 90s, however, did they touch the drive gear, or just the carriers?

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    • Ryan Gardner April 1, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      Nevermind, I did not look close enough, it appears that the YAN terminals were replaced.

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        • vons3 March 23, 2020 / 11:51 am

          It’s a mix at Sun Valley some of the Yans have had full driveline retrofits but it appears they have done them only as needed, you can tell by looking at the drive terminal bull wheels some are all Doppelmayr some still have yans a cast steel center but a new wheel mounted.


  5. skitheeast October 6, 2019 / 7:52 pm

    After the Cold Springs replacement, I heard a (somewhat) credible rumor that the next two lift projects in the works are Mayday and Challenger replacements. Mayday Express would be a detachable quad starting slightly further downhill closer to Seattle Ridge’s base terminal. Challenger 2.0 would be a gondola and used in both summer and winter. The timeline is definitely a handful of years down the road but will apparently be fast-tracked if there is a large increase in visitors due to the Epic Pass this winter.


  6. Vintage Chairlifts January 8, 2020 / 9:30 pm

    The original Christmas single lift is still in operation at Mt. Eyak Ski Area in Alaska.

    This season will be its 80th anniversary, and the area is apparently committed to keeping it.


    • Vintage Chairlifts June 18, 2020 / 12:56 pm

      I just checked an appendix in one of the biographies about Riblet. It says they built a lift there in 1957 that was 4,500 ft long. No name attached to the lift, but that’s about the right length for Ridge.


  7. Ben Eminger August 10, 2020 / 10:27 pm

    There was a short lived Riblet double that preceded the Sunnyside triple that is completely absent from this spreadsheet. When the triple was installed, the Riblet was removed and sold to 49 Degrees North WA where it operates to this day as Silverlode


    • Peter Landsman August 11, 2020 / 11:35 am

      I had the 1967 Riblet listed as Ridge #5. Perhaps the original Ridge double lasted longer than I thought.


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