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Oldest Detachable Quads still operating in North America.


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#1 sseguin613

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 03:33 AM

Hello, from the lift installation surveys on the site, it would seem like most Detachable Quads were first installed in 1985 and onward, with the only exception of the Breck Quicksilver in 1981.

Would we be able to make a quick list of perhaps the 10 oldest quad detachables in North America that are still operating? Perhaps there aren't even 10 left...

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#2 liftmech

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 09:38 AM

Chair 7 (Vail)- 1985
Pioneer (Winter Park)- 1986
Liberator (Mission Ridge, originally Winter Park)- 1985
Hunter Mt still has an 86, I think
Coney Glade (Snowmass)- 1986
Big Burn (Snowmass)- 1987
Rainier Express (Crystal)- 1988
Angel Express (Sunshine Village)- 1988
The third of the three Pomas from 88 is in Vermont or NH and still operates.
There are probably a few more in this time frame but these are the ones that came to mind.

After this construction started to pick up, and from 89-90 several were built every year, sometimes several in one area.
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Posted 21 April 2018 - 01:35 PM

Owl's Head in Quebec has an 86 Doppelmayr as well as the original 1981 HSQ relocated from Quicksilver at Breck. Arrow Bahn at Beaver Creek is an 88, as well as Born Free and Orient at Vail. 7th Heaven on Blackcomb is 1987.

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 05:17 PM

Vail's Lift 7 (1985 Doppie HSQ) is the subject of replacement very soon.
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#5 Liftkid99

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 07:58 PM

Sunshine at Telluride is an '86. Blackcomb's 1987 Wizard and Solar Coaster close tomorrow :(

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 06:39 AM

Cote 71 at Mont Saint-Sauveur-1985 Doppelmayr
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Posted 23 April 2018 - 08:21 AM

Silver at Nakiska, Alberta is from 1986
Olympic at Nakiska, Alberta is from 1987

The Angel Express at Sunshine is still in great shape - rode it yesterday. It doesn't appear any worse for wear than the Goat's Eye or Great Divide chairs at Sunshine

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 05:40 PM

Eagle at Solitude is an 89, not quite as old, but it's a VonRoll CTEC hybrid, one of a kind.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 04:23 PM

J6, a Yan at June Mountain was built in 1986. Although it was modified by Dopplmayr in 1996, it still has some original parts.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:35 PM

View Postskierdude9450, on 30 April 2018 - 04:23 PM, said:

J6, a Yan at June Mountain was built in 1986. Although it was modified by Dopplmayr in 1996, it still has some original parts.

Wasn't J6 the original Yan HSQ?

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 01:45 PM

View Posttrj820, on 30 April 2018 - 09:35 PM, said:

Wasn't J6 the original Yan HSQ?

I believe so. It has a few different components from the later ones.
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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:06 PM

Outback Express (Mt. Bachelor) is a 1987 Doppelmayr, still in operation.

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 02:05 PM

Blue Bullet 1 is a 1984 detachable Dopp quad still operating at Mt Buller in Victoria, Australia.

Blue Bullet 2 was further up the hill, but was closed in 2007 so its parts could be used to keep BB1 running. BB2 was replaced by a Dopp detachable six pack.

(Sourced from https://www.australi...lianskilifts/#9)
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