Aspen – Arizona Snowbowl, AZ

1960s-style Riblet towers near the top station.
Fixed return bullwheel.
Top station overview.
View down the line.
Another look at the line.
Drive shaft and gearbox at the bottom.
Lower terminal with drive and tensioning. Who needs a motor room?

10 thoughts on “Aspen – Arizona Snowbowl, AZ

  1. Mr Incredible July 20, 2020 / 10:07 am

    1960s? How long can they keep this lift operating? Sourcing spare parts must be a nightmare


    • Somebody July 20, 2020 / 12:34 pm

      From what I’ve heard, riblet parts are extremely easy to find. There’s quite a few 1960s riblets still spinning in North America.


    • pbropetech July 20, 2020 / 1:14 pm

      Superior Tramway in Spokane manufactures Riblet (as well as Heron) parts. Several former Riblet employees work there as well.


  2. utahpowderskier July 20, 2020 / 1:14 pm

    This looks to me like this lift a relocation from the original Agassiz double chair. On, this lift only appears to be in place after the removal of the Agassiz double.


    • Vintage Chairlifts October 7, 2020 / 4:37 pm

      I think you’re right. As Peter notes above, that style of crossarm was manufactured between 1957 and 1965. The original Agassiz was built in that timeframe.


  3. Ray March 4, 2021 / 11:53 am

    It is a good thing that the return bullwheel was updated to a non rotating shaft type while Riblet was still in business. Aspen will probably run for a long time in its current configuration.


    • Tyler Baroody April 3, 2021 / 10:49 am

      Or not…sadly, it’s being replaced.


      • Carson April 4, 2021 / 8:04 pm

        Really I haven’t seen anything on this site that says replacement in terms of being removed right now


      • Alan Wrobleski February 2, 2023 / 11:05 am

        The current master plan appears to show this lift remaining in its present form, with the bottom terminal being moved to a location further to the north.


        • Ray February 3, 2023 / 11:28 am

          It’s kind of amazing that MCP has kept the 60 year old Aspen around for as long as it has! A bit of a tribute to Riblet.

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