Lenawee Mountain – Arapahoe Basin, CO

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Poma Alpha drive terminal at the base.
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Bottom terminal.
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Loading area.
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Riding up the line.
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Middle part of the lift line.
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Upper lift line.
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Arriving at the top.
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Fixed bullwheel up top.
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Breakover towers.
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View down from the summit.
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Upper part of the line.
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Tower 6 with combo assemblies.
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Another view of the drive.
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Lift line overview.

29 thoughts on “Lenawee Mountain – Arapahoe Basin, CO

  1. Phoenix February 15, 2020 / 9:36 pm

    IMO this should have gone detachable. This is the only lift you can access from the top of Black Mountain Expense which creates a big bottleneck as people come from the detachable quad to a fixed triple.

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    • lucas May 1, 2020 / 11:58 am

      yes, it can be busy. they should move this lift to Pallavicini and put a detachable in the place of Lenawee, especially as the terrain is so good at Lenawee.

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      • Snow Boys May 1, 2020 / 5:43 pm

        Pallavicini is already getting a double chair replacement this summer so that would not happen. I could see a basin potentially upgrading lenawee to a low capacity detachable in the future.

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  2. Kaden K May 27, 2020 / 6:09 pm

    Upgrade Lenawee to a detach pls it’s so slow and long but has such good terrain off it.

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  3. New England Chairlifts & Skiing May 28, 2020 / 11:00 am

    A Basin blew a nice opportunity to make this lift a detachable, and this would’ve been a perfect Pali replacement. I’ve never skied here, but i can imagine it gets long lines.

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    • skitheeast May 28, 2020 / 11:47 am

      I also think that this lift should be detachable, but I am not sure if A-Basin was ready for a detachable lift when this was installed in 2001. A swap with Pali would have been nice. I guess we will have to wait ten years or so when a replacement can be justified.

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      • powderforever45 May 28, 2020 / 2:30 pm

        They could of just moved this lift to beavers when it was being built. Is it a quad because or marketing or capacity issues or length? This lift imo needs a detachable replacement.

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  4. afski722 May 28, 2020 / 3:46 pm

    In 2001 when it was replaced, A-Basin (and Colorado skiing in general) was a far less busy experience.
    The pass wars hadn’t begun, the Front-Range crowd was a fraction of the size it was, and A-Basin was a lot sleepier than was.
    It really wasn’t until Colorado’s population exploded in the mid/late 2000s combined with the Epic Pass that A-Basin got busy.
    Even then, the busy was still primarily peak winter Saturdays and peak spring skiing periods in April and early-May.

    I am okay with it staying fixed-grip if it keeps the crowds down and lets the powder on the West Wall and lower East Wall last longer.

    Probably eventually will go HSQ, but they aren’t in a hurry to do so and I’m just fine with that.

    You want HSQ, go to Breck, Keystone, WP, or Copper.

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    • Uranus April 14, 2021 / 1:40 pm

      Fast forward to 2021, and you’re 100% wrong.

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      • pbropetech April 14, 2021 / 2:03 pm

        About what?

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  5. lucas August 26, 2020 / 5:14 pm

    I think they should have made pali higher capacity to deal with larger frontside crowds, hopefully reducing lines on lenawee and black mountain

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  6. Collin Parsons November 17, 2020 / 8:09 pm

    I noticed that this lift has quad gauge towers and detachable grade line gear, so it could probably be converted to a high speed quad easily.

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    • Jonathan November 18, 2020 / 10:36 am

      I have heard rumor that when they replace it, they will swap it out with a 6 chair with a very similar capacity. It is pretty windy at the top, so that is their justification. Also I have heard the 6 chair would have larger chair spacing on the line, which could help reduce the amount mis loads. On some Saturdays, it can take 20+ minutes to get to the top of the lift due to all the stops. The lift might have quad gauge towers due to the amount of wind on the upper part of the lift.

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      • Donald Reif December 23, 2020 / 11:06 pm

        Winter Park built Sunnyside as a six pack instead of a quad for this very reason.

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    • pbropetech April 14, 2021 / 1:51 pm

      Poma does not make a distinction between fixed-grip and detachable line gear, except to bump the sheaves to a wider liner for the bigger ropes on sixpacks and gondolas. Otherwise all of their assemblies are the same design.

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  7. V12Tommy February 12, 2021 / 1:17 pm

    I don’t get why so many comments are complaining it isn’t detachable. When this was built in 2001, and for 9 more years, A-Basin had no detachable lifts. It was fed by another triple chair. I think it is great, and keeps all the gapers on the lower half of the mountain. If someone wants a bunch of detachables, try Keystone right next door. Plenty of people enjoy the long ride up to the east wall. It’s part of the character of the basin.

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    • Donald Reif February 12, 2021 / 2:20 pm

      Except, moving people around efficiently is more important than protecting powder junkies’ stashes. Lenawee is the main route to the top of the lift-serviced area from the base (as the other route is Pallavicini to Beavers, which takes longer and is a bit more indirect).

      “If someone wants a bunch of detachables, try Keystone right next door. Plenty of people enjoy the long ride up to the east wall. ” You don’t speak for everyone who goes to A-Basin. Not to mention, it wouldn’t eliminate the hike for most people. In fact, this sort of project would be ideal for A-Basin to compete with Keystone once Keystone builds their high speed quad in Bergman Bowl. (https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59357).

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      • Utah Powder Skier February 12, 2021 / 2:24 pm

        If capacity is needed, but A Basin wants it to stay fixed grip, there’s always fixed grip six packs. Apparently they’re capable of 3600 pph.

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        • Donald Reif February 12, 2021 / 4:51 pm

          There aren’t any of those in America. Above a certain capacity, it makes logical sense to just go detachable.

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        • Myles Svec February 12, 2021 / 5:13 pm

          The only one I know of is in Canada

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        • Andy February 12, 2021 / 5:43 pm

          Donald R.’s comment is incorrect. The Wideload, a Leitner six seat fixed grip at Snow Valley in Barrie Ontario is the only fixed grip, six seater in North America.

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        • Donald Reif February 12, 2021 / 6:53 pm

          There are no fixed grip 6s in the United States. And I’m guessing it’s because the market for them is quite a niche.

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  8. afski722 February 12, 2021 / 7:32 pm

    I disagree with some of the comments as that if you follow a lot of the comments out of Al (COO) and the atmosphere and culture they have attempted to maintain at A-Basin that they aren’t all about just having maximum lift capacity / skiers on the mountain.
    Hence why Pali was replaced with a FGD at the same capacity. Hence part of the reason they broke away from Vail Resorts.

    A-Basin’s capacity limitation is actually more or less driven by parking capacity, not so much lift capacity.
    Lenawee will probably get a HSQ by the end of the decade, but I highly doubt they would go all the way to a HSS.

    I personally wish they had kept and/or replaced Norway, but I get why they were ready to replace an aging Yan lift that was only used on peak weekends.

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    • Myles Svec February 12, 2021 / 8:58 pm

      The only reason why we are stating a HSS is because of wind issues. 6 pack chairs tend to have heavier chairs and give longer loading times. Also this 6 pack we are hypothesizing would be built with the same capacity as a HSQ. I agree with you on Lenawee will likely go HSQ.

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    • Utah Powder Skier February 12, 2021 / 9:08 pm

      Six packs are capable of 2000 pph, only 200 pph higher than the current lift. 200 pph isn’t enough to cause run crowding.

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    • pbropetech April 14, 2021 / 1:57 pm

      Agreed, AFSKI. Y’all can comment and speculate on capacity and efficiency all you want, but the Basin wants to retain their somewhat old-school image and culture. They don’t need to compete with Keystone as their relative markets only overlap to a certain degree. If anything, we’re more competition than Keystone in the local market as we continue to expand our high alpine terrain- except that, again, we’re not exactly gunning for the same market. I think the Basin will do just fine without adding another detachable.

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      • Donald Reif April 14, 2021 / 5:26 pm

        Until Keystone brings lift service to Bergman Bowl, that is.

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        • pbropetech April 15, 2021 / 8:45 am

          They still don’t compete for the same people. Those who want to strictly ski gnarly terrain or enjoy a more laid-back vibe will still primarily ski the Basin. Bergman becoming lift-served will be a nice addition for folks who were already going to ski Keystone. I don’t see Bergman being enough to convince dedicated A-Basin skiers to switch.

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