Chair 3 – Sandia Peak, NM

This is one of the longest Riblet lifts ever built with 41 towers and 240 chairs. It used to have even more carriers.
Fixed drive terminal up top.
Lower section of the lift line.
Another view of the line.
Bottom terminal with extended tension carriage.
Compression towers 1 and 2.
View up from the base area.
Middle part of the line.
Upper lift line.
The last 10 towers or so.
Breakover towers.

10 thoughts on “Chair 3 – Sandia Peak, NM

    • ShangRei Garrett February 22, 2023 / 7:08 pm

      Under the assumption that the original capacity was 1200, some quick ratios gave me about 262


      • Chairlift World March 3, 2023 / 8:36 pm

        I actually remember the lift with 262 chairs. Right after Chair 1’s removal, this lift reduced capacity by 22 chairs and speed was reduced to 425 FPM. I remember nearly falling off this when I was about 6 yrs old in December 2016 near tower 31. I had seen the last chair being labelled as 262 and going, “Now THAT’S a lot of chairs!” Too bad Chair 1 has not run since 2017.

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  1. liftnerd January 23, 2023 / 10:18 am

    Wait a moment…they decommissioned one lift, reduced the capacity of the other, AND added a summit restaurant!? What are they thinking!? Does this mean that an HSQ or HSS in in order?


    • Peter Landsman January 23, 2023 / 10:57 am

      The entire ski resort is closed and has been for a few seasons now. Would not expect any lift investment under current ownership.


      • Chairlift World March 6, 2023 / 5:07 pm

        They opened it for a little while in 2021 and at least a day in 2022. This lift was also built in 1981 as well and used to have 262 chairs. The lift’s old capacity was of 1200 at 500 FPM. Since 2017, it’s 425 FPM, 240 chairs, and (I have no idea) capacity.


        • Chairlift World March 25, 2023 / 2:23 pm

          And technically it is still open. The only part is that the lifts are not open. You have to walk 7500+ feet back up though.


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