Zephyr Express – Hunter Mountain, NY

The very steep Zephyr Express was relocated from the front side and replaced two Poma doubles.
The bottom terminal is an early Poma design with an Alpha drive.
Upper terminal seen from below.
Tower 14.
Side view of the top terminal with upgraded wood cladding.
Unloading area and operator house.
Another view of the top station.
Instead of combination assemblies, this part of the lift features back to back support and depression sheaves.
Middle part of the lift line.
The first few towers.
Side view of the long bottom terminal complex.
Large parking area down below.
Alpha drive unit and bullwheel.
Lift overview.
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5 thoughts on “Zephyr Express – Hunter Mountain, NY

  1. Collin Parsons May 2, 2019 / 10:23 pm

    I love now the upgraded top terminal looks with the wood siding. This lift is very underutilized because they don’t like to make snow on Annapurna or Westway so there are effectively just 2 trails off it. Capacity is 2000/hr, design speed is 1000 feet per minute, and the motor is 600 hp. They usually run it at about 850 feet per minute.

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  2. Somebody May 8, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    They did an awesome job with fixing up this one, wish more resorts would do something similar with their old detachables.

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    • Probably the only other project comparable to Hunter’s is Big Sky upgrading Ramcharger 4 to a high speed eight pack and using the original Ramcharger quad to upgrade Shedhorn. Which, much like Zephyr at Hunter, had the terminals reskinned (in Shedhorn 4’s case, by having UNI G terminals outfitted over the UNI contours).

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      • Teddy's Lift World May 9, 2019 / 10:02 am

        When I rode this back in early March, it didn’t feel as new and polished as I thought it would. It certainly feels like it was built in 1987 but that’s not necessarily a problem. It got me to the top of the mountain safely, quickly, and without issue.

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