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.

7 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.


    • pbropetech May 30, 2021 / 12:29 pm

      Transporting it wouldn’t have meant the entire vault went with. They would have separated the gearbox, electric motor, APU, all the assorted shafts, and brakes into different transport loads. You could probably fit the gearbox in one and the rest in another. Once on site, a new vault would have been built around the equipment. As for the top, the terminal tubes are joined by bolt couplings so that would be pretty simple- basically a load of pipe.


  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.


    • df July 10, 2021 / 8:40 pm

      They put a “Bighorn” wooden sign on the lower terminal. Visible when I drove by it in July ’21.


  3. Prescott Peckham October 25, 2021 / 2:36 pm

    Tbh if i ever go skiing out west ima probably clip myself to the chair using a strap or something because I nearly fell of a lift when I was young and have been a bit terrified of riding up lifts with the restraining bar up


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