Bell Mountain – Aspen Mountain, CO

This lift has one Poma terminal and Poma towers with a second Riblet terminal, sheaves and chairs.
Lower station with hydraulic tensioning.
View up from the base.
Lift line.
The line runs parallel to the Silver Queen Gondola for its entire length, meaning Bell Mountain rarely operates.
Riblet fixed drive.
View down from the summit.
Middle part of the line.
Looking down the line.
Another view up line.

14 thoughts on “Bell Mountain – Aspen Mountain, CO

  1. Cameron Halmrast July 16, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Does anyone have any information as to why this lift was so heavily upgraded by POMA in the late 80s?


  2. Ryan July 16, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Need to have a good reliable back-up lift in case Silver Queen goes down?


  3. Jonathan January 18, 2018 / 9:25 am

    Why don’t they remove this lift, and Bell Mountain instead of Gents Ridge. From what I can tell this lift rarely operates?


    • New England Chairlifts/Skiing September 8, 2018 / 7:24 am

      No way, this Lift is crucial for early season skiing because the snowmaking only goes up to the top of this Lift. It also runs during the spring too as well as closing day when they run an event when people ride up this lift and ski down all together as the last people down the hill. They also need it if the SLG goes down or wind holded.


  4. Boardski January 18, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    I would love to see a detachable quad replace Bell Mountain and Little Nell running the length of both.


    • Jonathan January 23, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      That’s a great idea


  5. ALT2870 November 15, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    If anyone is looking to ride Bell, it will be open for opening (this) weekend in addition to Nell. Two rarer credits if you are into that thing. Gondola and Ajax are also open. Nice to see another resort able to offer top to bottom on opening,


  6. GreatEight January 29, 2019 / 7:17 pm

    When is Aspen going to replace this lift?
    It seems to be very important to the quality of skiing.


  7. ne_skier June 25, 2020 / 8:45 am

    Does Aspen ever run this along with Silver Queen on peak periods or is it only for backup and early/late season skiing?


    • Ryan December 29, 2020 / 4:52 pm



  8. pnwrider July 7, 2021 / 7:46 am

    Center pole Riblet chairs with safety bars, now that’s a rare sight!


    • ne_skier July 7, 2021 / 9:11 am

      Bromley’s 1958 Riblet “Number One” had safety bars with footrests just like this. The Plaza lift, when it had center pole chairs, had a variant of this without any footrests


  9. Joshua Redman July 25, 2022 / 3:38 pm

    Twilight at Purgatory has safety bars, but no footrests.


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