Lift 1 at Loveland to Go High-Speed Next Year


America’s third largest ski resort remaining without a detachable lift will take the plunge next year.  The Clear Creek Courant reports Loveland will remove and replace Lift 1 with a detachable quad chair in 2018.  An eight minute ride on the current 1981 Yan will drop to just three minutes, Chief Operating Officer Rob Goodell told the Clear Creek County Commission on November 14th.  “One of the driving forces was the next generation of the Loveland family, the kids and the grand kids,” he said.  “We’re very much looking toward the future because this lift is going to be there for 40 years.”  No word yet on a manufacturer but Leitner-Poma has built every new lift at Loveland since 1996.

Lift 1 is usually among the first lifts in the country to open each fall.


34 thoughts on “Lift 1 at Loveland to Go High-Speed Next Year

  1. Ryan November 22, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    FINALLY. Now if we can get them to bring back into service Lift 5, life would be great at Loveland!

    I actually proposed to my ex-fiance on Lift-1 back in 2006.. She said yes :) I mean :(

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    • Jonathan November 23, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Loveland will not start up Lift 5 again, but they will keep it standing so in the future when they replace the lift, they can have the footprint. If they do not keep the footprint, the forest service will not let them build a new lift.

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      • Ryan November 23, 2017 / 4:28 pm

        Bummer. I really liked riding Lift-5 back in the late 90s when I skied loveland. Something cool about going over the road up loveland pass and along the river.

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  2. Peter Landsman November 22, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    So at least two of the six largest North American resorts without detachables leave the club next year…

    1. Red Mountain – 2,682 acres
    2. 49 Degrees North – 2,325 acres
    3. Bridger Bowl – 2,000 acres
    4. Loveland – 1,800 acres
    5. China Peak – 1,400 acres
    6. Taos – 1,294 acres


    • RMurphy November 22, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Bridger Bowl lists 2000 acres, or are you excluding them since it’s not really a resort?


    • jane doe November 22, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Do you think 49 degrees north will ever get a detachable? I kinda doubt they have the cash or need, but it would be a hugely beneficial project for them.


      • Dhowe November 23, 2017 / 12:57 am

        Actually any lift replacement there would be appreciated


      • Peter Landsman November 23, 2017 / 7:54 am

        49 Degrees North must be feeling some pressure from the competition. Schweitzer wants to replace Snow Ghost with a detachable soon, Silver Mountain may do Chair 4 and Lookout Pass/Mt. Spokane both open large expansions with new lifts next year. There’s no question a detachable quad is the right lift for 49 North; it all depends on what their finances are like.


    • Nathan April 16, 2018 / 6:53 pm

      You are missing Discovery MT 2200 acres too.

      I’m I the only one that thinks this lift at Loveland is a bad idea. The lift isn’t that long. All the lift will do is make Loveland more expense. I feel the same way about A basin’s exhibition upgrade. I like HS lifts, but they have to make sense and focusing on long and/or flat lifts is what makes sense.


      • RaflW April 21, 2018 / 11:21 am

        I suspect that A-Basin considered many options in selecting an HSQ for Exhibition. Exhibition serves the main advancement terrain after Molly Hogan, and HSQs are much easier for newer skiers to load/unload than fixed grip lifts, unless the rope speed is pretty slow.
        A-Basin clearly believes in fixed grip — the new Beavers lift is expected to be a FGT I believe.


  3. Boardski November 22, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    I was hoping to see a detachable high speed lift instead of splitting lift 2 the way they did but this will be positive also. It would be nice if they could relocate the current Yan triple to create lift 10 on the master plan but maybe the machinery is too obsolete to be re-engineered.


    • Collin November 22, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      I would think a 1980’s Yan would be appropriate for a relocation. There have been many older lifts relocated.


    • Michael November 23, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      I agree. At @2600 ft a detach really isn’t needed, and the grips and line equipment are some of the best Yan made. It would be better to make Chair #2 a detach as it has a unique Yan grip and the aluminum sheave trains that present maintenance challenges.
      Relocating Chair #1 could present some engineering challenges due to the half towers available mid-line.
      But what do I know…

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  4. Jonathan November 23, 2017 / 8:07 am

    I was at Loveland this summer and they were debating whether to replace the lift with a triple chair or a high-speed quad.

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  5. Boardski November 25, 2017 / 5:24 am

    It will be interesting to see the upper terminal on that detachable chair, there is not a whole lot of room at the top of 1.

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    • snowbasinlocal12894 July 30, 2018 / 7:52 am

      Snowbird’s Little cloud Doppelmayr had no problem installing it and the upper terminal is directly on a ridge. Well have to see what LPOA does with it


  6. Ryan November 27, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    I wonder if the replacement has anything to do with the mechanical issues they ran into earlier this year with Lift 2 as well as the other lift that got shut down for awhile.


  7. Michael November 28, 2017 / 10:49 am

    As I recall the issue with both lifts was the return bullwheel bearings. They are normal wear items that usually last 15-20 years with proper maintenance. While the timing of the issues wasn’t the best, I don’t think that would be a reason to replace either of the lifts.


  8. Jonathan April 12, 2018 / 11:11 am

    i was up at Loveland last summer. I was talking to the director of lifts their and she said that they would replace 1 with a triple or a HSQ. The lift maintenance team was also talking about how old the motor is. I went up into the motor room, They tried to start it up, but the motor made a loud squealing noise for 20 seconds. The lift did not move. They said the reason they would replace the lift was because of old age, and the amount of maintenance it takes.


  9. Cory April 19, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    Any idea if they’ll be selling the old chairs? If so, where would I find out information? Is there a website I should check periodically or a mailing list or something?


    • Ryan April 21, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      check their facebook page. Not sure if they are selling them? Maybe they already have?


    • Kevin April 22, 2018 / 10:27 pm

      The last time they sold chairs from the shortening of lift 2 they sold the chairs, pass holders first, and they were sold out in a matter of hours.


  10. Jonathan April 23, 2018 / 7:02 am

    They are going to auction off the chairs to the guests. I called and that is what they said. I think that they should upgrade Lift 2 to a high speed quad and relocate Ptarmigan to Lift 6, which is in need of a replacement. I think that Loveland did not make a good decision when they replaced 4 because it is so long and they need a HSQ there.

    Another proposal is to replace Lift 3 with the 6 chair from Hermitage Club in Vermont. Loveland thinks that lift is very new, but it needs to be replaced because it is 20 years old


  11. Peter Landsman May 11, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    Hearing this lift will have 9 second chair spacing and 1,800 per hour capacity. More interesting, the top terminal may be supported by only one mast going back to the Leitner roots.

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    • Max Hart May 12, 2018 / 4:14 pm

      In that case I wonder if the top terminal will have a full terminal enclosure, or some kind of “pancake” style enclosure yet to be seen on an LPA system.


      • reaperskier May 12, 2018 / 6:06 pm

        An LPAcake would be awesome.

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    • adrian1701 May 12, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Why would they, though? The terminal is larger than the leitner terminals that were built on one mast, so the terminal will be either short, imported from Europe (Leitner uses tunnel-style terminals on some lifts), or custom-manufactured.


    • Peter Landsman June 26, 2018 / 9:52 am

      Add this to the one leg intrigue:

      Liked by 1 person

    • Michael August 17, 2018 / 10:42 am

      Apparently the photo with one mast was a product of someone’s marketing department. Current installation photos show 2 masts at the top.

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