Lenawee Mountain – Arapahoe Basin, CO

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

13 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.


    • 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.


      • 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.


  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.


  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.


    • 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.


      • 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.


  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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  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


  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.


      • 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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