Beavers – Arapahoe Basin, CO

The Beavers lift opened hundreds of acres of new terrain in 2018. It was opened without lift access a year prior.
The lift is a Leitner-Poma Alpha quad.
View down a steep section of the lift line.
Tower 5.
View up at tower 4.
The lower terminal and tower 1.
Loading area and return bullwheel.
Riding up the line.
Depression assemblies.
View back down the lift line.
The top part of tower 11.
Breakover towers 14 and 15.
Alpha drive-tension terminal up top.
Unloading area.
Drive bullwheel and motor room.
Tower 15.
Upper section of the line.
Looking up at the above tree line section.
Tower 4.
Top terminal and last two towers seen from below.

16 thoughts on “Beavers – Arapahoe Basin, CO

  1. Tyler February 26, 2019 / 11:54 am

    Has L-P built a fixed grip with the Leitner chairs yet? Or is this the last use of the Omega chairs on a new lift?


    • Collin Parsons February 26, 2019 / 12:36 pm

      Fixed grips always get Omega chairs but the Leitner style chairs are available for detachables. They are too heavy for lifties to bump so that’s why they only appear on detachables. This year, Hunter is the only mountain to get Omega chairs on a detachable. Last year everyone got Leitner style chairs.


      • Donald M. Reif April 2, 2019 / 4:30 pm

        You’d practically need a carpet or something in order to load LPA chairs on a fixed grip, hypothetically.

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        • Kaden K February 11, 2020 / 7:28 am

          But if you’re a person trying to load you don’t really want something that heavy flying at you at 500 f/m. That could do some damage if you don’t load correctly.


        • Utah Powder Skier January 6, 2021 / 12:25 pm

          LPA chairs on fixed grips do exist on lifts in Europe, but with a loading carpet.


  2. Lucas April 10, 2019 / 3:56 pm

    In another photo of this lift which I linked below, there seems to be a ladder platform to the right of the bull wheel. If click on the link. Anyone know what this is for?


  3. powderforever July 23, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    This is the longest lift on the mountain why did it not go detach? Length?


    • Donald Reif July 24, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      Probably space limitations or A-Basin wants a certain character to this part of the mountain.


    • Somebody July 24, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Cost probably was a factor. While this lift is long, it is far from the most important on the mountain, and I’d assume they’d make some of the others detach before this one.


  4. Phoenix February 15, 2020 / 9:34 pm

    The bottom of this lift is pretty remote as well; it’d be difficult to do maintenance. The top ridge area is a little tight too.


  5. lucas August 26, 2020 / 5:06 pm

    Is there a possibility for this lift to be extended down the mountain? I think it would make sense if at all possible because if they bring the lift down into the valley, it could open up more space for parking. Additionally it would make areas like the gullies lift served and it would open up a lot more terrain. I would imagine it is possible because they already have a trail going further down the mountain.


    • Myles Svec August 26, 2020 / 6:10 pm

      I think the bullies are too rocky to be lift served and this lift would probably be 8000 ft long and would required to go detach for it to be feasible. Also it would need a mid load because not everyone can ski the gullies.


      • lucas G October 2, 2020 / 10:55 am

        but the gullies are not the only new terrain what would be lift served, also can fixed grips have a mid load?


        • tokarski23 October 2, 2020 / 11:14 am

          Yes, fixed grip lifts can have a Mid Load station, but it usually requires that the lift be run at a slower speed.


  6. Donald Reif January 6, 2021 / 3:00 pm

    One thing I don’t get is why on Zuma, Beavers, and Pallavicini, many of the towers only have a catwalk on the uphill side (the same is seen on Zuma)

    as opposed to on both the uphill and downhill sides.


    • Michael January 6, 2021 / 3:48 pm

      I you notice in the photo, the “light side” has what are called Poma Passes. These are used on 2 & 4 sheave assemblies instead of catwalks…sometimes on some lifts.


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