Argentine – Keystone, CO

Looking up the lift line.
Yan towers and chairs.
Towers 1-2.
View up the first part of the line.
Tension station. The counterweight is hundreds of yards away next to the Peru Express.
Return bullwheel.
Top drive station/unload.
Unloading ramp.
See the counterweight?

8 thoughts on “Argentine – Keystone, CO

  1. Ryan July 14, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    The original Argentine was a 1970 Riblet double and then it was replaced with this Yan double in 1977. Any idea why?


    • Donald Reif March 2, 2020 / 5:21 pm

      Hard to find photos of the old Riblet. But here’s one:


  2. Cameron Halmrast July 15, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    I’ve always wondered the same thing. Either it was engineered wrong and derailed on a regular basis or it had a design defect where the counterweight was bending the bottom terminal like on KT-22 at Squaw. Without any photos of the original lift, it’s hard to judge so hopefully an old timer has some knowledge.

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  3. Donald M. Reif March 15, 2019 / 10:11 pm

    Keystone’s master plan calls for a high speed quad to replace Argentine, starting at the current location but having a midway turn station around Schoolmarm, and then running to the top of Paymaster. (Which would allow for more efficiency in uphill traffic, and give the lift more usage, rather than only be an alternate route to get to the Montezuma Express when the Peru Express goes 101).


  4. Donald Reif May 30, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    There are 21 towers on Argentine, though I don’t know how many chairs it has. From tower 10 to tower 13 is when you’re above Lower Haywood. It’s between towers 13 and 14 that you cross lower Schoolmarm, and between towers 17 and 18 that you cross over the west approach to the Montezuma Express lift.


  5. afski722 February 10, 2020 / 10:18 am

    How often has Argentine even spin in recent years, in particular this season?
    Per the headline on the main page, it says that in the USFS plan, they have indicated the plan to remove Argentine with the pending Peru Express replacement project this summer.


    • Donald Reif February 10, 2020 / 12:50 pm

      Pretty rarely. I’ve never managed to catch Argentine running when I’ve skied. I think it’s only run when things are really backed up at the Peru Express. Otherwise, I think someone was saying on another thread that ski patrol only uses this in the morning when getting patrollers up the mountain, or something like that.

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      • New England Chairlifts & Skiing February 10, 2020 / 1:01 pm

        Think it’s run a few holiday weekends. Might run this weekend for president’s day


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