Sunshine Express #10 – Telluride, CO

When Sunshine opened, it was the longest detachable quad in the world. Now surpassed by the Slide Brook Express at Sugarbush and Chile Express at Angel Fire.
Return station up top from below.
Once a lift to nowhere, Sunshine now serves as one of two routes to the Prospect Bowl expansion.
View down the line.
It goes on and on.
Doppelmayr early 80s chairs and towers.
Drive station.
Loading and unloading at the base.
Drive shaft and bullwheel.
Leaving the bottom.
Riding up.
Middle part of the line.
Upper line.
View back down.
Arriving at Ute Park.
Return bullwheel.

13 thoughts on “Sunshine Express #10 – Telluride, CO

  1. Duncan October 24, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    Why was this lift built if it didn’t use to go anywhere?


  2. UpperDynamo October 24, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    This lift was put in primarily to serve almost 1,000 acres of ski in/ski out properties. It does that quite well. But it also serves one of country’s best beginner terrain pods. Miles of north facing beginner and low intermediate terrain, separated from more advanced environments.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Donald Reif October 8, 2019 / 9:28 am

      Only once Ute Park went in in 2001 did it gain the second purpose of providing a secondary route to Prospect Bowl and Gold Hill.


  3. skitheeast November 6, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    This lift is getting up there in age and probably needs to be replaced at some point.


    • powderforever45 November 6, 2019 / 6:14 pm

      They should get a six pack or a gondola.


      • Somebody November 6, 2019 / 7:31 pm

        Definitely should get a gondola. Many beginner skiers down-load this lift after skiing at the beginner area above it. This results in the lifties having to stop it every few minutes, which makes the already long 10 minute ride into more like a 15 minute ride.


        • Joe Traynor July 5, 2020 / 9:50 pm

          If they did install a gondola however, it would have to have a low amount of cabins and probably be a smaller size maybe even a pulse gondola to cut costs. Ive never experienced this chair having too many people on it quite simply because its an extremely long chair and would rather ski in the time frame taking the main chairs to gold hill/ revelation.


        • Philip Keeve October 6, 2021 / 8:35 pm

          It could also be another chondola a la Centennial Express.


        • Donald Reif October 6, 2021 / 11:18 pm

          I do agree with the idea of it being a chondola for the benefit of those who do laps on the trails in this area, with “three or four chairs per cabin” ratio.

          Liked by 1 person

  4. Andrew Moore October 23, 2022 / 12:41 pm

    I was the chair assembler for this lift in 1986-87ish,as i was employed by dopplemyre. As i lived in vail as an instructor for VAIL ASSOCIATES. SUMMER work here. Goid times

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    • V12Tommy February 5, 2023 / 9:41 am

      The good old days, back before Vail ruined everything they touched.


  5. Tyler Baroody December 5, 2022 / 4:06 pm

    It looks like the work carrier is a modified Doppelmayr centerpost chair.


  6. Donald Reif December 5, 2022 / 5:35 pm

    This lift being a bottom drive lift is, in many ways, a small indicator of when this pod was self-contained and not yet a secondary route to the Prospect Bowl expansion.


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