Chair 1 – Sandia Peak, NM

This early Stadeli fixed-grip was decommissioned circa 2017 to make way for a new summit restaurant.
In 1980, a Riblet double was added along roughly the same alignment with higher capacity.
Unloading at tower 19.
Because of the low capacity, this lift had wide towers spacing. 19 towers vs. 41 on the parallel Riblet.
Upper terminal seen from below.
Lattice style Tower 6.
Lower part of the lift line.
Drive unit.
Like most Stadelis, this lift starts inside a building.
Rare center pole chairs.
Middle section of the line.

15 thoughts on “Chair 1 – Sandia Peak, NM

    • Peter Brockhoff July 3, 2021 / 12:46 pm



  1. Teddy's Lift World November 11, 2019 / 9:50 am

    If the only reason for removal was the fact that they needed to build that summit restaurant, then why didn’t they move the return downhill. One Riblet isn’t enough to serve the summit. There must have been another reason for removal


    • islandrman January 5, 2020 / 10:38 am

      I ski at Sandia a lot and I don’t think that’s the reason why. I think they decided not to fix it after a big breakdown since they have another lift going the same way.


      • Jerry Ginn April 23, 2021 / 7:37 pm

        Correct – they couldn’t get parts any more.


        • Chairlift World January 4, 2023 / 4:06 pm

          I don’t know why because Taos had lots from their older Stadelis. It’s weird that they never did it.


  2. Chairlift World March 25, 2023 / 2:10 pm

    According to, this lift had a mid-load station. Shame that it’s long gone now

    1988 map:


  3. Chairlift world April 18, 2023 / 6:39 pm

    Old running footage from 1997 near the former mid-load station which became a ski jump after removal of the mid load:


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