Gent’s Ridge – Aspen Mountain, CO

img_7963 Top station Poma Alpha terminal.
img_7966 Note it’s built on top of an old Riblet vault drive.
img_7970 View down the lift line.
img_7974 Another view of the line.
img_7975 Lower part of the line.
img_7976 Looking up from near the base.
img_7981 Fixed bullwheel at the base.
img_7983 Portal tower 1.
img_7985 Riding up the line.
img_7996 Arriving up top next to the Silver Queen Gondola.

7 thoughts on “Gent’s Ridge – Aspen Mountain, CO

  1. Boardski May 14, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    Agreed! I have always wondered why this lift was not made high speed initially. The terrain it serves is actually really fun but the long slow lift ride is not.

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    • Teddy Hubbell May 15, 2018 / 4:44 am

      Back in the mid-80s detachables were very big investments. Aspen built the original Ajax Express and the Silver Queen Gondola (which cost them a fortune).
      Gents ridge would’ve been too much of an investment for Aspen. I personally like fixed grips as long as they run them at a reasonable speed 400-500 FPM.

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      • Max Hart May 15, 2018 / 9:10 am

        The Alpha drive is at the top, so perhaps they had planned a Falcon Superchair style conversion from an Alpha quad to an Alpha-Evolution detachable??

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  2. Connor February 26, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    They should of done what they did with High Lonesome Express in Winter Park and converted it over to a high speed quad.

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  3. Cameron Halmrast April 14, 2020 / 8:45 pm

    I think it’s strange that this lift was never upgraded to a HSQ when Ruthies was.

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  4. Joshua Redman July 25, 2022 / 3:54 pm

    To replace it or covert it would probably mean demolition of the old Riblet vault drive that Aspen most likely didn’t want to do. Plus with Ruthies being replaced it would be a large investment for Aspen.

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