West Buttermilk Express – Buttermilk, CO

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View of the upper half the line.
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Looking up towards the summit.
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Mid-station with loading only.
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The light side bypasses the mid.
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Lower lift line below the mid-load.
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Lower terminal overview.
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Side view of the return station.
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View up from the base.
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Mid-station arrival.
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Looking back at the half station.
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Top drive terminal.
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Poma Omega station.
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Mid-station overview.
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Loading area.
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View down to the return.
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Queuing gates at the midstation load ensure no one loads an already loaded chair.
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Riding up.
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Unloading ramp.

3 thoughts on “West Buttermilk Express – Buttermilk, CO

  1. Joe Blake November 25, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Interesting angled-load at midstation. Any idea why they went with this sort of arrangement? The straightline Doppelmayr version on Palmer seems to work fine with just the minimal decel/accel. Expected ability of customer base, maybe?

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    • Donald M. Reif February 22, 2019 / 8:33 am

      That seems to just be how Leitner-Poma detachable midstations are set up on the Omega lifts. The Village Express at Snowmass has the same thing with its midway unload station (which is also a half-station). This angled load also exists on the Peak 8 SuperConnect at Breckenridge for its midway load.

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  2. Donald M. Reif March 5, 2019 / 8:38 pm

    For the first few years, the chairs used safety bars that had footrests, but not since around 2011 or 2012. You can still see the rubber stoppers on the chairs that the footrests rested against when the bar was up.

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