Keystone, CO

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10 thoughts on “Keystone, CO

  1. Ryan July 14, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    I was reminded by a post over on SLF that prior to the Von Roll River Run Gondola, there was also a Yan River Run Gondola. Not sure when it was installed though.


    • Michael July 15, 2017 / 8:03 am

      It’s shown above as “Skyway…Gondola 6…1984-1986”


      • Donald Reif May 30, 2019 / 2:01 pm

        The Von Roll gondola reused the Yan gondola’s terminal buildings.


  2. Jonathan December 23, 2017 / 10:20 am

    What lift was in place before the Ruby, and after Teller? Teller got removed in 1990, and Ruby got installed in 2000. If you find out, can you tell me who built it and why it was removed


  3. Collin December 23, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I think that’s just a mistake in the list. Teller had the accident in 1985 and then was rebuilt by Yan for free and renamed Ruby.


  4. Jonathan January 4, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Is the A-51 lift (Packsaddle) slowly getting upgraded?


    • Josh January 17, 2018 / 11:47 am

      Yes, Pack 2 had some major mods installed this past summer. Myself and my co-workers installed a doppelmayer “D” style service brake and also repurposed the old doppelmayer brake cabinet off of old montezuma chair. No more manually pumping up the bull wheel and roll back brakes! Our electrical team also installed an all new drive and programming.

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  5. jcpierce05 February 9, 2019 / 5:21 pm

    I was wondering if Keystone would:

    1. Replace Outback Express to a 6 chair,

    2. Move the Outback to Wayback to replace it. Then the Outback would go under upgrades similar to the Shedhorn 4 at Big Sky.

    3. Take the Wayback Quad and move it to the Independence lift with a Doppelmayr Alpen-Star motor room.

    4. Upgrade Peru to a 6/8 chondola

    5. Move Peru to Brugeman Bowl Express with upgrades like Shedhorn 4.

    6. Add a 2 chair to the top of North and South Bowls.


    • Donald M. Reif February 25, 2019 / 1:15 am

      1. They added additional capacity to the Outback Express lift in 2014 by taking chairs from the Peru Express and Montezuma Express.

      2. Reusing infrastructure would be practical, but again, I don’t think the Outback Express needs a six pack line.

      3. —-

      4. I’m pretty sure that the master plan calls for Argentine to get upgraded to a high speed quad, with a midstation turn about halfway up the lift line, before terminating at the top of Paymaster.

      5. I think a brand-new lift would suffice.

      6. The master plan calls for a platter to potentially replace the Outback cat shuttle.


  6. Donald Reif August 14, 2019 / 8:54 pm

    Here’s some old photos of the Skyway Gondola, including a few showing the Montezuma Express and Summit Express lifts’ pre-detachable ancestors:

    As the photos here show, the Von Roll gondola reused the Yan terminal buildings.

    Montezuma was a Riblet double with a Yan drive, while Erickson was a Yan triple that basically covered what is now the catch area covered by the River Run Gondola’s midstation, and its pod of trails can also be lapped via the Summit Express. You can tell that used to be where a lift began because of how Jacques St. James, Swandyke, Whipsaw and Santa Fe all converge there.


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