Lift 1 – Taos, NM

In 2018, this Leitner-Poma high speed quad replaced two fixed grip chairlifts out of the base village.
The new lift was built by Leitner-Poma.
Tower 1 adjacent to the bottom terminal.
View up the very steep lift line.
Riding up at tower 9.
Breakover towers near the top terminal.
Flat section at the top.
Terminal under skin and tower 14.
Upper station and the last tower with combo assemblies.
Upper part of the lift line.
Return terminal with a small maintenance rail.
Arriving at the drive.
Unloading ramp and Leitner-Poma operator house.
Top terminal overview.
Another view of the drive terminal.
Looking up at the drive station.
Side view of the return terminal.
Lift line.
View down the line on Al’s Run.

17 thoughts on “Lift 1 – Taos, NM

  1. Maxwell Uguccioni March 19, 2019 / 11:04 pm

    Why not a six-pack to keep the same capacity?


  2. V3 September 21, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    Capacity was not an issue the double only had around 900 pph and only ran occasionally, ride time, comfort and summer operations were big drivers for the upgrade.


  3. Donald Reif January 11, 2020 / 5:40 pm


  4. powderforever45 January 11, 2020 / 8:35 pm

    Does Taos have any more plans for detachables? I could see lift 4 or 8 being upgraded.


    • Donald Reif December 25, 2020 / 6:38 pm

      I feel like I’d be upgrading lift 4, and replacing lift 2 with a high speed quad extended downhill to start near the bottom of Whitefeather Gully.


      • Cghairlift World January 16, 2023 / 1:03 pm

        Lift 4 IS getting replaced with an identical version of this this summer


  5. WhatIsLifeAnyway January 9, 2021 / 10:55 am

    This lift reminds me a lot of Chet’s Dream at Loveland. They’re both high speed quads from Leitner Poma, they are both light blue in color, they both have very steep lift lines despite providing access to beginner terrain from the base, and both have the easiest runs to the skiers right, while the hardest are under or to skier’s left of the lift.

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    • Phoenix January 9, 2021 / 2:06 pm

      They also are both super quick rides, under 4 min


    • pbropetech January 16, 2023 / 4:46 pm

      Since we love to quibble about minutiae here- the easier runs off chair 1 at Loveland are to skier’s *left*.

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      • ShangRei Garrett January 16, 2023 / 8:43 pm

        Also skier’s left at Taos


  6. Alex Kennedy February 22, 2021 / 1:39 pm

    Are Omegas ever going to be used on detachables? I haven’t seen any since Hunter Mountain’s six pack from 2018.


    • julestheshiba February 22, 2021 / 3:21 pm

      I think they might actually be phasing the Omegas out in favor of the newer euro style poma chairs, plus these euro ones are much more comfortable in my opinion.


      • Utah Powder Skier February 22, 2021 / 3:26 pm

        They’re still doing Omegas for fixed grips. After all, an LPA chair is too heavy without a loading carpet.


        • pbropetech January 16, 2023 / 4:48 pm

          Have you bumped an Omega carrier before? They’re not exactly lightweight. An LPA triple would weigh about as much.


      • Donald Reif February 22, 2021 / 6:26 pm

        The Euro design is more stylish. Though they’ll only be on detachables. Fixed grip quads and below will still use Omega chairs for the time being.


        • pbropetech January 16, 2023 / 4:52 pm

          You say that like you have gotten confirmation from GJ- have you?


  7. Chairlift World January 16, 2023 / 5:01 pm

    This is not the first lift 1 at Taos. There was Lift 1, a Stadeli that ran from 1961 (it was the first Stadeli chairlift) to 1989 and was rebuilt as 7a 1 year later. Lift 5 was added in the 70s although there is an old photo somewhere of it. In 1989, a Poma quad was added to the mountain to increase capacity. That and lift 5 were replaced with this version in 2018. The 1989 quad is now at Spider Mountain, Texas. Lift 5, however, was scrapped due to aging and lack of parts being available.


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