Paradise Express – Crested Butte, CO

This awesome lift services the heart of Crested Butte.
Looking up from the base.
Poma competition-style return station.
Lift line overview.
Maintenance rail with work chair.
Riding up the line.
View down a steep section.
nearing the summit.
Top drive station.
Tall breakover towers.
Upper section of the lift line.
Looking up at the drive station.
Tower 15.
Lower part of the lift line.

8 thoughts on “Paradise Express – Crested Butte, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif February 21, 2019 / 10:42 am

    One could say each of Crested Butte’s high speed quads has a standout feature of it. Between the three TB-41 quads, Silver Queen has Competition chairs, Paradise has Arceaux chairs, and Red Lady has Omega chairs. East River has Omega chairs with Omega grips.

    Paradise’s other impressive element is that steep side hill around tower 10, and of course, the impressive panoramas of the valley one gets from the top of the lift.


    • Maxwell Uguccioni April 27, 2019 / 9:19 am

      What’s the difference between the falcon and arceaux chairs?


        • Maxwell Uguccioni May 2, 2019 / 8:23 pm

          So where did the name falcon come from?


      • John November 15, 2019 / 1:40 pm

        A while back on a different forum someone referred to this carrier as the Falcon design and the name stuck. Most likely it came from the F-chair detachable at Breck known as the Falcon.


  2. Donald Reif May 19, 2019 / 11:55 am

    Until 2004, the terminals were painted a turquoise color with silver masts. As part of the 2004 additions, the Challenger terminals of this lift, Red Lady and Silver Queen were all given these wood skins and dark green masts (which extended to the integrated depression sheaves on Red Lady and Paradise).


    • Donald Reif November 15, 2019 / 8:52 am


  3. Donald Reif November 16, 2019 / 1:34 pm

    I think if any lifts get a capacity upgrade, Paradise certainly would benefit from it. I think for capacity to be brought up to 2,400 pph, the lift would need to have about 36 more chairs added, taking the chair count up to 120. Though with the Teocalli upgrade, this lift is probably far from due for capacity improvements.


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