Sundown Express – Steamboat, CO

Lower lift line.
Return station.
Loading area and lift shack.
View up the line.
Maintenance/parking rail.
Turnaround at the bottom.
Middle lift line.
Riding up the lift line.
The breakover.
Arriving at the drive.
Side view of the top station.
Lower part of the lift line.
View up the line.
Drive bullwheel.

14 thoughts on “Sundown Express – Steamboat, CO

  1. Collin Parsons February 27, 2019 / 8:47 pm

    I hope Alterra replaces this lift with a bubble-8 as it has some of the longest lines on the mountain. They could also remove the Priest Creek Double which rarely runs anyways. Come to think of it, Storm Peak is the same age and could also go bubble-8 and then the Bar UE lift could be removed.

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    • GreatEight February 27, 2019 / 10:21 pm

      What about sunshine and thunderhead.

      When alterra goes bubble-8 for sundown they should relocate the old HSQ to Morningstar and give it the Shedhorn upgrade.


      • Collin Parsons February 27, 2019 / 10:44 pm

        Here are my thoughts. Sundown–>Morningside, Storm Peak–>Pioneer Ridge 2, Thunderhead–>Sunshine 2. Sundown and Storm Peak become bubble 8’s, Thunderhead becomes a 6-pack (no bubble for wind resistance as it’s the only backup to gondola).

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        • GreatEight February 27, 2019 / 11:18 pm

          I think Sunshine should also become a bubble-6 and burgess creek a HSQ using thunderhead equipment.

          Storm peak really only needs to be a bubble-6… A 8 would be overkill.

          Sundown is the only lift with the need for a bubble-8 in my opinion.

          Thunderhead should be a chondola to help with the beginner traffic there.


        • skitheeast February 28, 2019 / 1:41 am

          I agree that Sundown and Storm Peak should become 8s (while also removing Priest Creek and Four Points). However, I think Thunderhead should also go 8 if they are serious about the Bashor gondola project. The Bashor gondola will bring a lot more traffic to that area of the mountain and I think a lot more people will either lap Thunderhead of take the Bashor gondola to Thunderhead as a way of getting up the mountain and avoiding the crowds at the main gondola.

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        • Donald M. Reif February 28, 2019 / 8:36 pm

          The Storm Peak Express and Sundown Express lines at most just need a high speed six pack.


        • powderforever45 October 9, 2019 / 4:23 pm

          @GreatEight Burgess creek won’t become a HSQ anytime soon. It was installed in 2004 and barely ever has lines.


    • Donald Reif May 26, 2019 / 2:12 pm

      A six-pack would probably suffice. It’s hard to say what Steamboat’s forecast is on skier movements is, since I think one of the original proposals for Elkhead had a high speed six pack replacing it, and not a high speed quad.

      Eight-packs honestly seem like overkill.

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      • powderforever21 September 13, 2019 / 5:59 pm

        I agree with @Donald Reif. Storm peak has some pretty short lines usually, Sundown could be a 3,600 PPH lift while Storm peak could be a 3,000 PPH


        • Donald Reif September 13, 2019 / 9:10 pm

          Alternately, upgrade the Sundown Express to a 3,600 pph six pack, and use some of the Sundown Express lift’s chairs to upgrade the Storm Peak Express to a 2,800 pph capacity (the two lifts were built the same year and have the same terminal model and DS-104 grips). It’s something that’s perfectly doable, since Keystone did that in 2014 when they added 24 chairs to the Outback Express lift to increase that lift’s capacity from 2,400 to 2,600 pph (by moving 7 chairs from the Peru Express and 17 chairs from the Montezuma Express). That’d result in a combined uphill capacity of 9,200 pph to the top of the main peaks between the Storm Peak Express, Sundown Express and Sunshine Express.


  2. New England Chairlifts & Skiing November 1, 2019 / 2:07 pm

    Why did Steamboat choose to replace the newer Yan Triple rather than the older Heron-Poma double? I know the heron is a really classic lift, but it would’ve made more sense to keep the triple as backup since it has more capacity and it was newer. Did it have anything to do with Killington wanting parts for the Canyon Quad?


    • Donald Reif November 1, 2019 / 2:53 pm

      Hard to say. I suspect maybe it had to do with them thinking the Sundown alignment had better load and unload points than Priest Creek. Perhaps someone with more knowledge on Steamboat history can lend some expertise?

      This is different from a situation like the Storm Peak Express lift, where it made sense to shorten the existing Storm Peak triple and make that Four Points, take out the original Four Points and WJW lifts, and have the new lift start at the bottom of WJW and end at the top of the original Storm Peak. In that case, the Storm Peak Express made it so that top-to-bottom laps on Storm Peak were possible on all of its trails and there wasn’t a lift to nowhere you had to take if you missed the Storm Peak triple.


  3. Donald Reif November 12, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    The current red and gray paint job on the terminals is much nicer looking than the older blue paint job:


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