Elkhorn – Beaver Creek, CO

Loading area with tension.
One of the reasons this lift was never replaced with a detachable is the two separate loading areas on either side of the village road.
Loading area and lift line.
Elkhorn is the only major fixed-grip lift left at Beaver Creek.
Tower 13 with newer CTEC lifting frame.
CTEC relocated this lift from Strawberry next door.
Loading areas on both sides of a major road.
Looking up from the base.
View towards Beaver Creek Village.
Riding up the line.
Top station with fixed drive.

9 thoughts on “Elkhorn – Beaver Creek, CO

  1. Charlie April 30, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    Why are there the 2 areas by the road


    • Kevin May 1, 2018 / 10:12 am

      so that people loading the lift don’t have to cross the road, there is real estate on both sides of the road that might access the lift


  2. Donald M. Reif March 18, 2019 / 3:46 pm

    I’m surprised a bridge couldn’t be built across the road to combine the load areas, like PCMR did with Town lift.


    • Charlie April 14, 2019 / 3:49 pm

      Or a tunnel


    • Kaden K January 19, 2020 / 5:22 pm

      The bottom station and the mid load is a tight squeeze and a huge vertical difference. Also, this lift doesn’t serve a whole lot of lapable trails so it’s not high priority to replacing.

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      • Donald Reif January 19, 2020 / 5:42 pm

        It’s only got three or four trails. It’ll no longer be Beaver Creek’s sole long fixed grip lift beginning next season when the McCoy Park Egress lift is built. Of course, the McCoy Park egress lift will be the most used fixed grip lift on the mountain since most people will be using it to get back to Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead, or to return to Beaver Creek Village on the Strawberry Park Express trails.


  3. Jonathan April 23, 2020 / 10:31 pm

    Why is there a Vail logo on the counterweight at the bottom station?


    • Somebody April 23, 2020 / 11:30 pm

      Beaver Creek has been owned by Vail since the very beginning and they have been sister resorts this whole time, so on its own it isn’t too surprising, but seems odd when you look at dates. Vail didn’t appear to adopt a logo until 1987 (at least on trail maps) and this lift was originally installed in 1981 (albeit at Strawberry park).

      So this lift likely got a new counterweight at some point. Possibly during the 1995 re-location, or maybe after.


      • pbropetech April 24, 2020 / 11:52 am

        It did get a new counterweight. Counterweights are purpose-poured for a specific installation, and cannot be used on a different lift (not to mention moving a 15-ton rock is sorta hard). As far a tension requirements go, changing the lift from 12 to 14 would necessarily have changed the profile, tower loading, all that.


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