Belleayre Express – Belleayre, NY

This high speed quad replaced a fixed-grip version in 2006.
The top terminal is a Doppelmayr CTEC Uni-GS model.
Top station with tensioning inside.
Operator house and turnaround.
View down the line. Chairs and tower tubes were reused from the old lift.
View up the lift line.
Another look at the line.
Bottom drive terminal.
Lift overview.
Light side of the lower station with small maintenance rail.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

14 thoughts on “Belleayre Express – Belleayre, NY

  1. Alex April 13, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    never seen a garaventa chair on doppelmayr grips. really cool!

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    • Somebodyelse August 13, 2020 / 9:37 pm

      Looks more like CTEC chairs.

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  2. Rope7855 November 20, 2020 / 10:22 am

    Superchef has now been renamed the Belleayre Express on the snow report.

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    • ne_skier November 20, 2020 / 4:01 pm

      I want to meet the person who legitimately managed to suggest that with a straight face

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        • ne_skier November 27, 2020 / 10:37 am

          Honestly it just seems dumb to get rid of a name that sorta ties in with the whole Native American theme of the resort and replace it with a pretty boring, uninteresting, unoriginal name. Just my opinion.

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        • Collin Parsons December 2, 2020 / 7:22 pm

          I think that’s the exact problem. Politically correct. Same reason Alterra is removing their indigenous names.

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        • Donald Reif December 3, 2020 / 6:15 am

          “Honestly it just seems dumb to get rid of a name that sorta ties in with the whole Native American theme of the resort and replace it with a pretty boring, uninteresting, unoriginal name. Just my opinion.” Tell me about it. I’m saying the same thing about Winter Park renaming the Eskimo Express lift.

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        • skitheeast December 3, 2020 / 1:15 pm

          I think that’s the whole point, as the resorts seem to be moving away from those themes.

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    • skitheeast December 2, 2020 / 6:03 pm

      I am guessing that means Tomahawk’s days under its current name are numbered.

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      • ne_skier December 4, 2020 / 7:13 am

        I could only assume so. Given the time seemingly put into the new name for Superchief, I am expecting a new name along the lines of “Belleayre Slow Quad” or “Belleayre Normal Speed Lift”

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  3. Tenders December 27, 2020 / 9:10 am

    My impression of the “Superchief” name was that (1) it didn’t sound legitimately Native American in the first place, and (2) the lift was broken down extremely often, sometime for days at a time, and it brought traffic to the rest of the resort to a standstill. It was a disgrace to any sub-chiefs in the area. Personally I prefer the lifts to be named practically and the trails to be named descriptively.

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    • ne_skier December 27, 2020 / 7:40 pm

      Yeah I see your point, although I doubt that any local Native Americans were personally insulted by Superchief’s unreliability, who knows. If they wanted to stray away from the Native theme and leave that to the trails, I personally think they could have made the name change come off better by making it a tad bit more detailed, they probably could have dug up the name of one of the resort’s founders back in the ’40s and went “[Last name] Express”. It’s a common theme among resorts replacing “Offensive” names to often rush and use generic, sometimes unfitting names. Eskimo at Winter Park is a good example of this, the resort rushed and ended up naming an expert lift “Explorer”, which is a common name for beginner lifts at other resorts.

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      • Donald Reif December 27, 2020 / 9:01 pm

        You described in a nutshell the issue with these lift renames.

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