Wagon Wheel #10 – Kirkwood, CA

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Yan bottom station.
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Height-adjustable station with depression sheaves.
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Split tower 1.
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Lift line.
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Yan triple chairs.
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Another view of the drive station.
Riding up the very long line.
Middle section of the lift.
Nearing the tree line.
View back down.
Unique top terminal setup.
Yan hubcap sheaves and top bullwheel.
One tower is painted white.
View down the line.
Middle lift line.
Three offset towers in a row!
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4 thoughts on “Wagon Wheel #10 – Kirkwood, CA

  1. Jeff Lynne September 27, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    The sheaves on this lift seem very similar to the Quicksilver lift at Boreal. I wonder why the state of California allows this lift to run and not Quicksilver.

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    • Spencer Meyer September 28, 2017 / 7:50 am

      I was also curious as to find out what mechanical issues stopped Quicksilver from running. It was apparently due to aluminum sheaves and grip type. The majority of towers on Chair 10 seem to have been upgraded with Doppelmayr line gear with the exception of the white tower, depression sheaves and breakover. When I was at Kirkwood in 2010 for a powder day they only allowed Chair 10 to be loaded as a double. Our guide said it was due to the brushes on the motor needing replacement, as the motor wasn’t strong enough to pull a full line of chairs anymore. I think the motor has been replaced since then but not positive.

      Side Note: I’ve heard the tower is painted white to prevent the metal from expanding too much from the heat of the sun. Which makes sense because its such a tall tower. But I’ve never seen this idea implemented in any other installation.

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      • Max Hart September 29, 2017 / 5:24 am

        A bunch of Park City’s towers were also painted different colors for a number of years. Off the top of my head Crescent Express comes to mind, all the lower elevation towers were painted black (like most of the mountain), and the higher elevation towers were painted white. It’s either the same idea (preventing expansion from the sun’s heat) or somebody ran out of paint.

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        • Peter Landsman September 29, 2017 / 6:57 am

          The Martis Camp Express at Northstar California runs north-south and its towers are split right down the middle. The north facing halves are black, the south facing parts white.

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