Chairlift – Hesperus, CO

Drive with vault next to the highway.
Loading area and bottom lift shack.
Riding up on a spring day.
Arriving at the mid-station offload.
Unloading ramp number one.
Upper lift line.
Arriving at the top unload.
Top tension terminal.
Upper station overview.
View down from above the mid-station.
Mid-station side view.
Lower terminal overview.
Looking up the lift line.
Brand new Riblet clip in March 2017.
Tension carriage.
Lower half of the lift.
Motor room.
Lift overview.

4 thoughts on “Chairlift – Hesperus, CO

  1. pnwrider January 25, 2020 / 2:47 am

    I feel like transporting all that old school equipment, from a vault drive to the tall counterweight tension terminal must’ve been a hassle. What lift was this at Mt. Bachelor? They had a lot of Riblets back in the day, as did most PNW ski resorts.


    • Donald Reif January 25, 2020 / 9:03 am

      I think this would’ve been the Black Chair (replaced by the Pine Marten Express in 1986), or the Green Chair (replaced by the Skyliner Express). More likely the Black Chair.


      • pnwrider July 13, 2020 / 8:27 am

        Considering Skyline Express was installed in 1989 and the original lift still stood for a few more years, and the color scheme of this lift, my vote is definitely the Black chair, replaced by the original Pine Marten Express.


  2. skier72 February 12, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    This lift’s name is the Bighorn Chair, seen on their new, updated (much nicer than the old one) trail map.


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