Looking Glass – Winter Park, CO

Top station with counterweight tensioning.
This is the last remaining Riblet at Winter Park.
Bottom station with vault drive.
View up from the loading area. Note the Poma control pedestal.
Top station downhill side.
Unloading ramp.
Top tension carriage.
View down the lift line.
Riblet tower and center pole chairs.
Vault drive seen from Olympia Express.

14 thoughts on “Looking Glass – Winter Park, CO

  1. V12Tommy October 29, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I believe Looking Glass is the oldest lift in Colorado still operating, and as far as I know, the only remaining center bar in the state. I really hope I’m able to snag a chair when it finally comes down. So many great memories as a kid.


    • Ryan April 16, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Primo at Sunlight dates back to 1966 install at Sunlight, and Segundo at Sunlight is a relocated lift from Aspen (probably old lift 2) which dates back to the late 50s or early 60s. It has lattice towers. Check it out. Both lifts are center pole doubles.


  2. Kaden K September 2, 2019 / 2:20 pm

    I wonder when they’re going to replace this lift.


    • jcpierce05 November 4, 2019 / 11:28 am

      I really hope they replace this lift soon. Maybe next summer with a new triple chair? I have always wondered if Winter Park could move the bottom station back to where Wagon Train and Tin Horn meet? They would obviously do this when they built the new lift. I do think moving the lower station would really help reduce traffic on the Olympia Express.


      • Kaden K November 4, 2019 / 4:26 pm

        Yeah, and then you mitigate the problem of accidentally skiing too far down to the Olympia


        • Carson November 4, 2019 / 7:30 pm

          I hope they don’t replace this lift soon it is more historic and shows what the resort looked like back in the day


        • Donald Reif November 5, 2019 / 7:08 am

          The lift is 55 years old. It’s probably only got about five or so years left in its service life.


        • New England Chairlifts & Skiing November 5, 2019 / 11:02 am

          They say a lift can last forever as long as they maintain it properly and keep it in good shape. I hope they can do that.


        • jcpierce05 November 5, 2019 / 11:38 am

          I agree with Donald on this. Yes, a lift can last for a long time if it is properly maintained, but I would not say it can last forever. This lift is the last remaining Riblet at Winter Park and I feel as though it may become a maintenance nightmare soon because they may not have the necessary spare parts to keep it running.

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        • Donald Reif November 5, 2019 / 1:39 pm

          Exactly. Winter Park’s Heron Poma fixed grips probably have many more years of service ahead of them, since they’re essential to supplementing the Super Gauge Express. The Yan triples are the same, with Arrow and Eagle Wind.

          Looking Glass is also a daily operating lift, so its hours are probably higher than say, Breck’s Lift C, which although 49 years old, is an auxiliary lift that only runs on weekends and holidays.

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  3. Cameron Halmrast November 5, 2019 / 7:18 pm

    I’ll be honest, I have never heard of a Riblet dying. They are honestly one of the most well built lifts out there and it designed its lifts so that you can go down to your local auto part store for parts!


  4. Aidan Reilly January 12, 2020 / 7:44 pm

    Well it is getting replaced and bye what? Well the old sunnyside will be replacing it.


    • V12Tommy February 8, 2020 / 12:30 am

      I thought I had heard that the Sunnyside chairs were sold off and/or given to employees, and that the rest of the lift would be used for parts at other Alterra resorts with CTEC lifts?


  5. Aidan Reilly March 9, 2020 / 12:47 pm

    Yes you are correct that the chairs were sold except that only 60 of them were sold so that means there are 105 chairs left.


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