Sunshine Express – Steamboat, CO

These tower tubes were re-used from the previous Doppelmayr fixed-grip.
View down the line.
This lift was relocated from The Canyons under American Skiing Company ownership.
Grip maintenance facility.
Lift overview.
Riding up the line.
Arriving at the drive.
Top station overview.

22 thoughts on “Sunshine Express – Steamboat, CO

  1. Collin Parsons February 28, 2019 / 8:30 am

    At The Canyons, this lift did not have foot rests. When it was moved here it got new safety bars that had foot rests. Also this was part of the last batch of lift projects completed by ASC. The same year they installed the Tombstone 6-pack on this lift’s towers and built an expansion lift Dreamcatcher. The next year’s project, the Christie Peak Express was the first lift project at Steamboat under Intrawest.

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    • Donald Reif October 9, 2019 / 10:01 pm

      Nowadays, the only section of the mountain that isn’t accessible from a detachable is Morningside Park’s trails.


  2. Donald M. Reif February 28, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    This lift is arguably one where I’d say in-line loading would be preferable to a 90 degree load, so that those coming from runs east of the lift don’t have to shoot past the lift then make a 180 degree turn to backtrack. The parking rail might have to be adjusted a bit…


    • lucas G October 1, 2020 / 7:20 pm

      very true, the would probably need to expand the leveled area to make more room for queues though


    • powderforever45 November 17, 2019 / 12:27 pm

      What is the speed of this lift? 1,100 fpm?


      • Somebody November 17, 2019 / 12:34 pm

        That’s what it’s listed at on the Park City spreadsheet.


      • Donald Reif December 8, 2019 / 8:35 am

        It runs at 1,000 fpm in normal operations.


        • powderforever45 December 8, 2019 / 11:34 am

          That’s what I guess it is always running about that speed. Does anyone know what is Sundown’s normal operation speed?


        • Donald Reif February 12, 2021 / 5:58 am

          Also 1,000 fpm


  3. Myles Svec December 31, 2020 / 3:44 pm

    Does anyone know what these lights are inside the terminal?

    I’m guessing they are for the lift ops inside the terminal so they can see to check on parts and fix problems but I may be wrong. Can someone confirm what this is for?


    • pbropetech December 31, 2020 / 4:24 pm

      I’m not seeing any lights through the tinted windows, but any lighting inside is for us mechanics to inspect and repair by.


  4. Tyler January 24, 2021 / 9:37 pm

    At The Canyons, Tombstone had in-line loading and the floating bottom-terminal depression sheaves that Poma seems to have moved away from. They also had the standard semi-circle maintenance rail without the garage. This and the now-Red Pine Gondola at the Canyons were the first two Poma lifts I ever saw in 1997 learning to ski in Utah in the ASC era.

    Most detachables at Steamboat has full grip maintenance garages – for the mechanics reading this, how much does it help having that space (in terms of extending equipment life) and why don’t most other top-tier resorts have these?


    • Donald Reif January 24, 2021 / 10:37 pm

      I always imagine that the reason the detachable chairlifts have their own grip maintenance garages is because each detachable has a different grip design, except for the Storm Peak Express and Sundown Express, which both have DS-104s.


  5. Myles Svec March 5, 2021 / 8:28 pm

    If this were to be replaced I am guessing a six pack because it is 2,800 pph and it would make sense for it to be replaced with a 3,000 pph 6 pack, it has long lines on busy days. and there will be added traffic with Wild Blue and Sunshine II.


    • Donald Reif March 5, 2021 / 9:46 pm

      This is a lift that is probably at least a decade away from being replaced.


  6. Donald Reif October 21, 2021 / 8:45 am


  7. Myles Svec November 6, 2021 / 2:53 pm

    I have a feeling that this will get replaced before Sundown now because Steamboat wants all the intermediate ski school on this lift once the Wild Blue gondola is fully built. They will either replace this with a six pack or build Sunshine II.

    “Hunter presented several on-mountain updates, most notably the Wild Blue Gondola, which will begin construction next summer, as the longest and fastest 10-passenger gondola in North America, moving skiers and riders from the base to the top of the mountain in one trip. The gondola will also connect the new Greenhorn Ranch, where beginner skiers and riders will take lessons at midstation, to intermediate terrain at Sunshine Peak.”

    Taken from a Steamboat Pilot article.


  8. Ryan January 3, 2022 / 8:18 am

    Lift is down today due to some sort of mechanical trouble.


    • Myles Svec January 4, 2022 / 11:53 am

      Steamboat just announced it is going to be closed all week due to a broken motor they are repairing.


      • Ryan January 4, 2022 / 4:40 pm

        Bummer. This is a very important lift.


  9. Boardski May 21, 2022 / 10:38 am

    I am a little surprised they didn’t sell old Doppelmayr triple to a ma and pa area, fixed grips seem to have more life in them than 20 years. The retrofitting of the poma cross arms onto the Doppelmayr uprights sounded like quite a challenge.


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