Red Lady Express – Crested Butte, CO

The Red Lady Express was formerly known as Keystone Express and replaced a Riblet double.
The bottom terminal is a standard Poma model but with wood cladding.
Riding up the line at tower 4.
View back down at T10.
Upper section of the lift line.
Arriving at the drive station.
Top motor room and unloading area.
Terminal underskin.
Towers 1 and 2.
Loading area.
Another view of the line.
Looking down about half way between the two terminals.
View up the line in the base area.

14 thoughts on “Red Lady Express – Crested Butte, CO

  1. There used to be a Riblet double on this line, from 1968 until it was replaced with a Poma triple in 1982. That Poma triple lasted until 1997 when the current high speed quad was built. At that point, the triple was used to replace the East River double on the north face, and operated there for just eight years before that high speed quad replaced it.

    The rename from Keystone Express to Red Lady Express happened in 2004, the same year that Crested Butte put the wood skin on all of their high speed quads. You can clearly see the original blue paint under the wood skin here: [img][/img]


  2. This lift’s uphill capacity is 1,800 pph, the lowest of the four high speed quads. The sister Silver Queen Express has a full-fledged 2,400 pph, as does the East River Express. While the Paradise Express is a 2,000 pph lift.


    • Collin Parsons April 28, 2019 / 7:48 am

      I think the actual capacity is even lower since it does not run at 1100 feet per minute.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Donald Reif May 19, 2019 / 11:58 am

        I think Crested Butte’s master plan has included adding more chairs to Red Lady in the future.


      • Donald Reif November 16, 2019 / 1:33 pm

        For the lift to have 2,400 capacity, it both would need to run at 1,000 fpm and it would need to have additional chairs added. I’m thinking roughly 30 chairs or so.


  3. Donald Reif November 15, 2019 / 8:58 am

    The lift when it was Keystone Express:


    • powderforever45 November 16, 2019 / 3:53 pm

      Why did they change the name?


      • Donald Reif January 24, 2020 / 11:23 pm

        Seeing as the name change coincided with Crested Butte’s high speed quads getting wood skins on their terminals, it might’ve been a copyright thing. But I also wonder if they wanted it to be that the base area high speed quads had thematically similar names.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s