Village Cabriolet – Winter Park, CO

Cabriolet parking rail in the summer.
Drive station up top.
Another shot of the drive.
Turnaround and door opener/closers with half cabins.
Tower 8.
Middle part of the line.
Arriving at the Village at Winter Park.
Return station.
Village loading area.
Tower 1.
View up the line.
Tower 6.
View down towards the village from tower 6.
Flying over parking lots.
Drive station plaza.

23 thoughts on “Village Cabriolet – Winter Park, CO

  1. Duncan January 6, 2019 / 9:45 am

    Did you get any pics of the new cabin designs while you were there getting pics of the gondola?


  2. Ryan August 1, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    what are those three pipes comming out of the terminal on the last pic (Drive Station Plaza) Exhaust pipes?


    • snowbasinlocal12894 August 2, 2019 / 9:00 am

      Tensioning ram? Leitner/Poma detachables normally have the entire terminal on a carriage. Because this is a cabriolet/gondola the bullwheel itself is on a carriage in the terminal. I never seen the tensioning ram stick out of the terminal.


    • Joe Blake June 28, 2020 / 9:14 pm

      Straight pipes. It’s a hot rod.

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      • julestheshiba August 6, 2020 / 5:26 pm

        buy an old lift and fit it with a straight pipe Chevy big block for the apu or main drive


  3. Tom White August 7, 2020 / 6:06 am

    I’ve only ridden the cabriolet at Tremblant. Why do resorts choose to use an open cabin gondola their parking lot and around the resort lifts than regular enclosed cabins?


    • Calvin January 19, 2021 / 10:55 am

      It was an Intrawest thing. They were obsessed with them. IIRC every Intrawest resort other than Stratton got one.


  4. Michael August 7, 2020 / 7:21 am

    Mainly because they are short transportation lifts rather than skiing access lifts. People are arriving from their vehicles carrying their equipment and can easily walk on to the cabriolets…plus the carriers are much cheaper than an enclosed cabin. $0.02


  5. Tom White August 8, 2020 / 5:43 pm

    All good thoughts, especially the last one!


  6. Lift Expert November 17, 2020 / 7:48 pm

    1. They Should expand the Cabriolet to the base of Jane so if people get stuck at WP side, they don’t have to take a shuttle.

    2. Get new pictures, it got a new paint job.


    • Aidan Reilly January 6, 2021 / 9:45 am

      They shouldn’t expand it to the jane otherwise to many people would be going over there and super gauge would have super long waiting times. If they were to do that they better upgrade iron horse to a high speed quad.


  7. Lift Mapper November 30, 2020 / 5:24 pm

    If you could change anything about this lift, what would it be and why?


  8. Trail Master January 21, 2021 / 8:05 am

    Peter, where is the top (drive), the parking lot or the Village?


  9. AirbusA380DIA April 22, 2021 / 10:49 am

    It might be my imagination, but I think this lift’s cabins stop briefly about halfway through the turnaround.
    Sort of like Tremblant’s Casino Express, but much more subtle- to the point that I’m wondering if it’s an intentional feature or a spacing thing.
    And it’s not like they stop long enough to be too useful, it’s only long enough to race a stroller or bike (this lift does service a few bike trails in the summer) on there if you’re lucky.


    • axewolfe17 December 6, 2021 / 9:56 pm

      Nope, it’s not your imagination! There is an active spacing clutch that will stop the cabin for a split second. As said before it doesn’t really make a difference. I was lucky enough to go up into the drive of this lift and the spacing clutch is very similar towards the one on The Gondola where it is in the middle of the turn around. The mechanic who I was up there with said that it is being replaced next year with a brand new one.


      • Anonymous December 14, 2021 / 12:29 pm

        That explains why the Cabriolet was closed this summer, it appeared as they pulled the Haul Rope out of the Bull Wheel.


        • axewolfe17 December 14, 2021 / 8:35 pm

          Sort of. They were replacing the Bull wheel bearing at the Drive Terminal in the Parking Lot, so they had to remove the Haul Rope off some of the towers in the process, which I believe is called Rigging.


  10. Donald Reif December 31, 2021 / 3:08 pm

    The new paint scheme has white cabins.


  11. axewolfe17 December 31, 2021 / 3:19 pm

    I believe this is the only Leitner-Poma Cabriolet in North America. It also has Gangloff cabins, if anybody was wondering.


    • atc1701 January 9, 2022 / 2:07 pm

      Blue Mountain Resort (Ontario, Canada) is designed to run as a cabriolet in the summer and 6-pack detachable chair in the winter. Built by LP in 2000 and also with Gangloff cabins.


  12. Joshua Redman January 9, 2022 / 1:44 pm

    Yes it is. Which is unusual, but I guess no one else ordered a cabriolet from Leitner-Poma.


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