Peru Express – Keystone, CO

Bottom return station next to the Mountain House.
Early ’90s Doppelmayr tower.
Upper lift line.
Combo assemblies on tower 13.
Top drive station.
Parking rail and maintenance bay.
Breakover towers.
Drive station from below.
Top station from below.
Drive station departure side.
Upper lift line.
Middle lift line.
Steep lower lift line.
Bottom station from above.
Lower terminal and lift line.

16 thoughts on “Peru Express – Keystone, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif February 22, 2019 / 8:48 am

    The Peru Express originally had 142 chairs from 1990 to 2013. In 2013, the chair count was reduced to 135. In that same year, the old Montezuma Express lost 17 of its chairs. The 24 chairs taken off the Peru Express and Montezuma Express were relocated to the Outback Express lift to increase that lift’s uphill capacity.


  2. Donald Reif September 19, 2019 / 10:18 am

    When the lift had 142 chairs:

    After the chair numbers were trimmed. The chair reduction is not really noticeable, and there’s not much of an increase in the gap between chairs.


  3. Truckee Local October 12, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    Riding this lift at night is kind of amazing – flying through the trees in the dark under the stars, the silence only broken by rattling past the towers.


  4. Donald Reif December 9, 2020 / 2:11 pm

    The Heron-Poma double this replaced was actually a bit longer, with its first tower being where the load terminal of the high speed quad is:


    • Cameron Halmrast February 7, 2021 / 10:23 pm

      Is the portal tower a Yan?


      • pbropetech April 11, 2022 / 7:56 pm

        Looks like it. Heron would have had a standard tower in that configuration. There’s the square box that Yan used for tower assembly alignment as well.


  5. Coloski February 7, 2021 / 7:12 pm

    Does anyone know what the capacity of the new Peru is gonna be?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Donald Reif February 7, 2021 / 7:22 pm

      3,000 pph, same as the Montezuma Express.


      • Utah Powder Skier May 15, 2021 / 1:44 pm

        So they are replacing 4000 pph worth of a double and detachable quad with 3000 pph six pack? Is it really worth losing 1000 pph for a new lift?


        • Donald Reif May 15, 2021 / 2:18 pm

          Argentine didn’t see much usage after the Peru Express was built, relegated to auxiliary status.


  6. Tyler Baroody April 17, 2021 / 11:06 am

    What’s going to become of this lift once it’s removed?


    • M April 17, 2021 / 11:34 am

      Maybe used for parts on McCoy express lift at beaver creek


    • Donald Reif April 17, 2021 / 11:35 am

      Cannibalized for the Outback Express, or maybe the lift gets reused (with new terminals and grips) for the Bergman Bowl Express when that gets built.


      • Utah Powder Skier April 17, 2021 / 11:46 am

        It could go to the Midwest like some of Vail’s CLD-260 detachables as two or three fixed grip quads reusing towers, tower heads and chairs.


    • Rob Withey April 17, 2021 / 1:26 pm

      I can see the lift being disassemble for parts.. i seriously doubt you would try to make a new lift out of it, as you would need to meet the current code and those old lift would require massive upgrades to make them compliant. A new lift is a far better value.

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  7. Donald Reif October 11, 2021 / 2:54 pm

    Looks like the new six pack will have at least one tower more than the quad, given these pictures from a week ago.

    Makes me wonder where the additional towers are. My guess is that there’s a double hold-down at the bottom where the quad only had one tower, though it could also be a product of the breakover being reprofiled.


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