5 – Breckenridge, CO

Lower terminal area.
Looking up the lift line.
Riblet tension station with Poma-built lift house.
This lift makes a turn using canted sheaves at tower 10.
In the summer, a mid-station serves an alpine slide.
Arriving at the top.
Vault drive bullwheel.
Unload ramp.

6 thoughts on “5 – Breckenridge, CO

  1. Charlie May 21, 2018 / 7:27 am

    With the lines, a detach would be dumb but a fixed grip quad would be a good idea


    • skitheeast November 11, 2019 / 8:01 pm

      Why would a detach be dumb? It is certainly long enough and beginners/parkgoers lap this lift.


      • Donald Reif November 12, 2019 / 10:22 am

        Some might consider it dumb because the Colorado SuperChair already services the same stuff as Lift 5 and then more. Then again, Lift 5 could use more capacity on busy days. A high speed quad would certainly work better as far as the midline turn is concerned, since the turn is located right before the summer midstation used for the alpine slide. The loading area might have to be moved a little closer to the Colorado SuperChair in that case, but it’d be doable.


    • cfglick November 12, 2019 / 12:20 pm

      I guess I just thought of it as dumb, because as a midwest skier I always thought of lifts the short on trail maps being 100 feet long. But judging how it’s longer than many midwest detach lifts it sounds like a good idea to make it detach.


  2. Collin Parsons November 1, 2018 / 10:42 am

    The turn is not original. The section of the lift below the turn was realigned to looker’s left to make way for the original Colorado Superchair in 1986. You can see the original alignment vs the current alignment on Google Earth.


    • Donald Reif March 2, 2020 / 4:23 pm

      Here’s some old pictures that better illustrate what it looked like before the realignment:

      The summer midstation was built with the lift, and that’s why the turn happens right below it:


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