Lift 7 – Telluride, CO

View down the very steep lift line towards the town of Telluride.
Angled SLI tower.
Crossing over the gondola.
Lower part of the lift line.
View up the lift line.
First few towers.
Lower terminal with counterweight tensioning.
Lift overview.
Side view of the base.
The breakover.
Lift line above the gondola crossing.
Riding up near the top.
View back down towards Telluride.
Drive station and unload ramp.
Side view of the top.

14 thoughts on “Lift 7 – Telluride, CO

  1. ThisSnowyKid May 22, 2020 / 2:57 pm

    I just love how it looks like they just dropped an SLI tower on the gondola tower at the crossing.

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  2. Jonathon Theodore December 24, 2020 / 3:05 pm

    I realize that (The First Few Towers) photo has riblet sheaves did they modify one of the sheave trains?


    • Alden Winder December 25, 2020 / 10:17 pm

      SLI went bankrupt and was purchased by Riblet in 1973, so that would make sense.

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      • pbropetech February 9, 2022 / 9:52 am

        SLI’s *inventory* was purchased by Riblet. They did not buy the company. They built a few lifts with the remaining parts they had bought, and put their own on when necessary.


  3. thedodgeman50 January 3, 2021 / 3:07 pm

    more than likely they changed the name of the chairlift because someone got offended. cancel culture :/

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    • Phoenix January 4, 2021 / 7:41 pm

      Says the dude with the confederate flag profile pic

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    • V12Tommy January 29, 2021 / 1:14 pm

      It must have been a very recent change. I skied there yesterday and there are still Coonskin references on signs, as well as my most recent trail map.


      • Phoenix January 29, 2021 / 6:36 pm

        I believe they decided to change the name this winter and then are going to actually update everything over the summer.


  4. BC Skier Guy February 8, 2022 / 9:34 pm

    Holy smokes the tower in the second picture must be leaned at an angle of like 30 degrees, maybe more! I can’t think of a much bigger leaner than that…


    • pbropetech February 9, 2022 / 9:54 am

      We had one on old chair 6 at Baker that was 45. It was more like walking up a staircase than climbing a ladder.


    • Billuh February 9, 2022 / 9:13 pm

      Is purty uncomfterble sittin on there changing sheaves. Pokey in the butt buns.


  5. Donald Reif February 9, 2022 / 5:44 pm

    I wonder if tower 10 was always tall or it was actually shorter in height before the gondola was built.


    • V12Tommy March 29, 2022 / 10:08 am

      I think it is the original tower that was there, and they just lifted it up and installed the gondola under it. (I’d have to assume with a new tower foundation) Definitely an original SLI tower, although they removed Chair 1 the year prior, so they would’ve had extra SLI towers on hand if needed.


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