Peru Express – Keystone, CO

This lift replaced a Doppelmayr detachable quad in 2021.
The first part of the lift line is very steep.
View riding up.
Tower 17.
Breakover towers 20 and 21.
Unloading ramp at the summit.
Drive terminal.
View from the top.
Another view of the final two towers.
Side view of the top station.
Return terminal in the Mountain House base area.
Side view of the lower station.
There are two towers right next to the bottom.
T1 and T2.
Loading area.
Middle part of the lift line.
Tower 7.
Tower 8.
LPOA chair.
The upper station utilizes the grip bay and operator house from the previous lift.
Tower heads.
Another view of the drive station.
Lower part of the lift line.
Nearing the summit.
View down the line.

13 thoughts on “Peru Express – Keystone, CO

  1. Myles Svec December 16, 2021 / 7:55 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful lift!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tyler December 18, 2021 / 8:26 pm

    Snow is thin enough on the picture of tower 7 to see the former tower footing from the old lift next to the new one.

    I wonder if the old Peru is the source of the donation EJ chairs for the new HSQ at Sundance. I would expect the old Peru to find a home somewhere in the Vail empire next year.


    • Donald Reif December 18, 2021 / 9:22 pm

      Actually Swift Current 4 is the donor in that case. I could see the old Peru parts turning up on another new high speed quad at a later date.


    • Somebody December 18, 2021 / 9:24 pm

      The donation chairs for Sundance are coming from the old Swifty Quad at Big Sky. I think Peru’s scrap odds are high considering it’s a 1990. Montezuma was the same install year and scrapped (albeit with the chairs going to Beaver Creek).


    • skier December 18, 2021 / 11:58 pm

      You can see a mix of new and reused footings as well as an abandoned footing just under the top terminal as well.


    • Vail Borg December 19, 2021 / 12:53 am

      Hell will freeze over before vail helps another ski resort

      Liked by 1 person

      • Donald Reif December 19, 2021 / 3:06 pm

        What does that even have to do with this chairlift?


  3. Donald Reif December 18, 2021 / 9:32 pm

    There’s an extra combi tower on the six pack that wasn’t on the quad. The equivalent to the current tower 18, tower 17, was just a support tower on the quad.


  4. Donald Reif December 19, 2021 / 5:23 pm

    This is another one of those rare cases where a replacement six pack has more towers than the high speed quad it replaced. This is the second such example I can think of, the other being the Avanti Express. In both cases, the reason for them having one more tower than their predecessors is that what was a single hold-down tower at the bottom is now two hold-down towers.


  5. Resolve.Action.Love (@Snowman55403) February 7, 2022 / 7:58 pm

    I’m sort of scratching my head where the 31 feet of vertical rise went. Particularly as the run length is longer than the Peru Express quad it replaced. I rode the old quad many times including the last season before the switch. The new terminal locations seem little-changed?
    (This is probably a question to LP or Vail Resorts, not digging on the LiftBlog spreadsheet!)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Donald Reif February 8, 2022 / 7:21 am

      I’d like to know too, considering the lack of visible regrading of the land around the terminals.


  6. Cole March 31, 2022 / 1:55 pm

    Wohoo I made it into one of your pictures! (3rd from the bottom I’m walking into the lift shack). This lift was a very necessary upgrade.


    • Donald Reif March 31, 2022 / 4:07 pm

      I see your Santa hat. 😉😄


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