Sunnyside – Alta, UT

The bottom terminal at Albion base.
Tower with sub protection.
Looking back down the line.
Upper lift line.
Getting to the top.
Top terminal.
View up the line at tower 8.
The bottom terminal shares an operator house with Albion next door.
Underside view from the transfer tow.
View back down the lift line.
Unloading area and operator house.
Lift line midway up.
Another look up the line.

33 thoughts on “Sunnyside – Alta, UT

    • Cameron Halmrast October 16, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      There have only been four ski areas in North America who bought or have high-speed triples. Summit Express @ Mt. Bachelor (Doppelmayr / Replaced in 97), Gore Mountain (VonRoll / Removed), Ruthies @ Aspen (POMA) & Alta (Garaventa CTEC).

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      • Teddy Hubbell April 19, 2018 / 4:47 am

        In Europe, there are a lot. My favorite lift is the Kumme-Rothorn detachable triple. I believe it is a Garaventa built in 1983. It is very noisy and uncomfortable but that’s what makes it fun!

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        • PauL Mathews August 26, 2022 / 4:50 pm

          An avalanche took out the Kumme detachable triple chair in 2019. Newly rebuilt as two section gondola.


        • Johnson January 17, 2023 / 8:35 pm

          Where is that high speed double


        • ShangRei Garrett January 17, 2023 / 9:15 pm

          Iizuna Resort, not to be confused with next-door Iizuna Kogen. It’s just outside Nagano, Japan


  1. New England Chairlifts & Skiing July 17, 2019 / 12:50 pm

    When this is replaced with a Chondola, where could is be relocated to? It’s way to new to scrap. Maybe to replace Wildcat?* Unfortunately, Albion will probably be scrapped because of its age, but we’ll have to wait and see…

    *not that I want to see an old rare center pole Yan Removed!


  2. skitheeast July 17, 2019 / 3:26 pm

    I don’t know why Alta wants a chondola here instead of a detachable quad. They want the new lift to have a capacity of 2400 pph and the current lift isn’t extremely cold, windy, lengthly, or used in the summer where gondola cabins would be useful. Even for a beginner lift, a detachable quad should be sufficient. If they wanted the ability to expand capacity, a detachable six-pack would make sense. Maybe I am missing some reason to spend all that extra money…


    • Ryan Murphy July 18, 2019 / 11:00 am

      It is used in the Summer. As part of a long term plan to reduce crowding in Albion Basin, the FS and Alta have an agreement to run Sunnyside during the Summer and charge a fee for vehicles entering the basin. It’s relatively new, and not in effect this year due to base construction. Plus, Alta doesn’t mind spending extra for a better experience, and cabins are certainly nice on cold days.

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  3. Joshua October 30, 2019 / 9:05 pm

    Why aren’t there bars on the first few picture and then bars came?

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    • Ryan Murphy October 30, 2019 / 11:20 pm

      Alta didn’t have bars on any lifts for a long time.The pictures without the bars are just older. His Collins pictures are pre-2007 at least. A kid fell off Sunnyside circa 2010, so they added the one’s with the teeth to everything but they YAN doubles. The teeth are vicious, but they work.

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      • oirnoir November 3, 2020 / 10:55 pm

        “The teeth are vicious”
        Very true. Recently, they replaced the Brooks and Daisy lifts at Stevens Pass, so I experienced this firsthand.


        • oirnoir November 3, 2020 / 10:56 pm

          Not technically recently, they replaced those lifts in the summer of 2019.


  4. Joshua October 30, 2019 / 9:07 pm

    same w/ sugarloaf @ Alta as well.
    And I thought all Garaventa CTEC detachables came w/ bars(at least the ones i have ridden on)


  5. wolf March 2, 2021 / 4:20 pm

    This actually has the triple guage towers (if you look closely the quads are wider) so the terminals are weird.


  6. SkiIdaho March 24, 2021 / 8:25 pm

    Honestly they should keep making high speed triples. They could still be useful and higher tech for lower budget resorts!! Like, why not?


    • Donald Reif October 23, 2021 / 8:05 pm

      I feel like they require too many customized parts. It’s easier to just build a high speed quad or six pack with wider chair spacing.


    • pbropetech January 20, 2022 / 7:45 am

      The difference in cost between a quad and a triple is negligible. The bulk of the cost difference between a detach and a fixed-grip is in the grips and terminals. A ‘lower-budget area’ that can’t afford a detach quad wouldn’t be able to buy a detach triple either.

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  7. skilifts 4876 October 23, 2021 / 6:39 pm

    high speed singles high speed doubles high speed triples high speed quads high speed five packs high speed six packs high speed eight packs high speed nine packs an the high speed ten packs


    • Walmart October 23, 2021 / 7:18 pm

      There are high speed doubles, high speed triples, high speed quads, high speed six packs, and high speed eight packs. Please stop with the other ones you are making me cringe 😬

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  8. skilifts 4876 October 23, 2021 / 6:40 pm

    an high speed seven packs


  9. BarlesBolive January 19, 2022 / 12:59 pm

    So from what I’ve heard, Alta’s plan is to replace this lift in the summer of 2022 with a Leitner-Poma 6 pack using the old Sunnyside lift line. The Albion chair will be removed as well.

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  10. carson January 19, 2022 / 1:21 pm

    kind of lame that Albion will be removed I think they should keep Albion with all of the breakdowns that have been happening up here recently.


    • skitheeast January 19, 2022 / 9:08 pm

      New detachable lifts are more reliable. Plus, if they really do have an issue, people can take the rope tow over to Collins.


      • Carson January 19, 2022 / 10:20 pm

        Last month both collins and sunnyside went down at least they should use the name Albion or neversweet make the name more interesting


        • Jim Govostes December 17, 2022 / 3:04 pm

          Instead of replacing the current lift, replace the current management. If they knew supply chain issues were going to be a problem, they should have delayed the six pack until the had every nut and bolt. Continue to use the triple till your ready.


        • OttawaSkier December 17, 2022 / 3:21 pm

          You can’t install the new lift without taking out the old one. Supply chain issues are a common feature across this year’s lift installations, not just at Alta.


      • julestheshiba February 16, 2023 / 10:04 am

        sure but in the days after opening the brand new shiny six pack had a 30 minute wait time at least and multiple stops throughout the day. Its a beginner lift through and through so that will never change.


        • skitheeast February 16, 2023 / 11:07 am

          New lifts often have some teething issues, so I wouldn’t worry about downtime in the long run. As for beginners, Albion is a really bad option: no restraint bars, being a narrow double makes group lessons challenging, and its long ride-time isn’t great for impatient young kids.

          Sunnyside 6 has a capacity of 2800 pph whereas Sunnyside 3 and Albion combine for 2800 pph. Alta is choosing 30 minute waits over crowded slopes (which is very on brand for them). If/when Grizzly Gulch gets built, Albion Base will have a second out-of-base lift.

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  11. MavRat April 2, 2022 / 3:39 am

    it is getting relocated… Red Lodge Mountain in Montana picked it up.

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