Superstar Express – Killington, VT

The Superstar lift runs one of the longest winter seasons in the American ski industry, from November through June.
The lift is short but steep and popular.
Lift overview.
Leaving K-1 base.
Yan Y tower.
The top terminal.
Unloading area.
The Yan terminal was upgraded by Poma but kept some design elements like the integrated sheaves.
Top terminal seen from the other side.
Lift line with short towers for wind reasons.
View down the line.
Tall towers 3 and 4.
Bottom terminal and tower 1.
The drive terminal and line.
Superstar Glacier seen from Snowshed.

13 thoughts on “Superstar Express – Killington, VT

  1. Collin Parsons February 28, 2019 / 1:16 pm

    Towers 1 and 2 are not original. When Poma modified the lift, they replaced two half towers (former numbers 2 and 3) with the one tall tower which is now Tower 2. Tower 1 was also replaced. The rest of the lift’s towers from the current 3 to the top were renumbered one lower than they were before. I think this route is the ideal candidate to become the first bubble 8 pack in the east and first by Leitner-Poma. After the North Ridge replacement this summer, I believe this lift is the next replacement priority. Killington was on Peter’s short list of likely candidates to be the first to build an 8 pack in North America.

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    • Max Hart February 28, 2019 / 7:24 pm

      Maybe when Traversington replaces this, Boyne will take a hint and replace Barker…

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      • Collin Parsons February 28, 2019 / 7:44 pm

        All the Yan detachables in the east except Grand Summit Express (which got a second modification and only runs on weekends) are unofficially up for replacement I’d think. Who knows, maybe Someday Bigger might make the move first. Either way, replacement of those two lifts will most certainly be opportunities for one resort to one-up the other.

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  2. Connor July 17, 2019 / 1:48 pm

    Does anyone know if the integrated breakover at the top terminal was original or not? I’ve seen a few older videos of Killington from the late 80’s that seem to show two normal breakover towers at the top of this lift. Wouldn’t surprise me if Yan later replaced them with this design as a prototype, as I believe this is one of the earlier lifts to use it.

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    • Collin Parsons July 17, 2019 / 7:33 pm

      I’m pretty certain it is. What you thought was the second tower was likely the first terminal mast. Can you post links to the videos?

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      • Connor July 19, 2019 / 8:37 am

        This one from 1991 appears to show two normal breakover towers at 6:30:

        This one from 1993 shows the current integrated breakover at 5:02:

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        • Donald Reif July 19, 2019 / 2:25 pm

          You can also sorta make out the half-towers at the bottom at 7:37.

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  3. skitheeast July 29, 2019 / 1:53 pm

    Killington’s Director of Mountain Ops was quoted at a town hall this summer saying this lift (along with Ramshead) is next in line to be replaced. Given that it operates until Memorial Day, Killington is embracing its “Beast of the East” motto, and Powdr has shown it is willing to be aggressive in its lift upgrades in the past couple years, I expect this lift to be replaced in either 2020 or 2021 with a six pack if not an eight pack.

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    • Collin Parsons July 29, 2019 / 5:51 pm

      This lift, Ramshead, and Outpost are the next three replacements scheduled in no particular order, and I think at least one will happen in 2020. A bubble-8 I think is a definite possibility for either Superstar or Ramshead. Quite “Beastly” if you ask me.

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  4. stmeyer2015 October 3, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    Is there a benefit to using fixed-sheaves on the breakover instead of using normal sheave assemblies? I can only think of one other lift with fixed sheaves on the break-over: Chair 10 at Kirkwood (Fixed Triple also built by Yan). It makes sense on Chair 10 since the breakover is so steep and compact. It’s interesting to watch as empty chairs don’t apply enough weight to the cable for it to make contact with the first and second sheaves on the breakover. This causes the sheaves to consistently start and stop spinning depending on chair loads. Still curious if there are any other lifts out there with similar designs and if any other manufacturers used this method?

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  5. gavin November 2, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    If detach quads usually go 2400 pph (sometimes up to 2800 pph) and 6 packs can go 3600 pph, why can 8 packs only go 4000 pph? shouldn’t they be able to go 4800 pph

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    • Somebody November 3, 2019 / 1:23 am

      I’m pretty sure 8 packs can go up to 4800 pph, however I think once you go higher than 4000 pph you start running into issues with trail capacity and overcrowding.

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      • zjroeber November 27, 2019 / 11:08 am

        Also, 4800 PPH is assuming a chair spacing interval of a standard quad lift. That makes for a lot of eight-place chairs, which can be expensive for a resort. To add on to that, it’s probably difficult to get eight people at a time to move fast enough to get on the chair with a spacing interval as small as that of a quad.

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