Blackjack – Copper Mountain, CO

Upper part of the lift line.
Middle lift line.
Lower lift line.
Lower terminal with portal tower.
This lift was relocated from the front side with hydraulic tensioning added.
View up from the base.
Return terminal overview.
Nearing the summit.
Unique drive support structure.
Unloading area and motor room.

6 thoughts on “Blackjack – Copper Mountain, CO

  1. sufghia December 19, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Due to the Y-Crossarms, I believe that Yan helped with the relocation of this lift in 1995. It must have been one of their last relocation projects.


    • Max Hart December 19, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      If that were the case, Yan probably also supplied the hydraulic tensioning. The chairs and “Y” lifting frames are defintely not of the same vintage, so they were probably added by Yan during the relocation. All the Yan lifts that I have ever seen with this style of chair don’t have any lifting frames.


  2. Michael December 19, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    Blackjack was built using parts left over from old “I Lift” (Motor Room and machinery, sheave assemblies, tower tubes, grips and chairs, return carriage, etc) and new parts (Y cross arms, tension system, new bull wheels, etc) purchased from Lift Engineering. It was installed by Copper’s in-house Installation Team. The lift was designed to be converted to a triple if needed.


  3. Duncan October 26, 2018 / 8:03 am

    What are cross arms actually used for?


    • John December 31, 2018 / 10:09 am

      If you’re talking about the Y part, that’s a lifting gantry for changing sheaves or removing and installing sheave assemblies.


      • snowbasinlocal12894 December 31, 2018 / 11:44 am

        Lifting frames are used to jack up the cable using a winch to lubercate the sheaves. Older lifts dont have them and the towers get real loud.


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