Ruthies – Aspen Mountain, CO

Top station from the gondola.
Last few towers before the summit.
Middle portion of the lift line.
Lower line.
View of the base from 1A.
Loading area.
As of this writing, Ruthies is one of only two remaining detachable triples in North America.
Riding up.
Riding through Aspen’s namesake trees.
Arriving at the drive.
Unloading ramp and operator house.
Terminal underskin.
View down from the top.

26 thoughts on “Ruthies – Aspen Mountain, CO

  1. V12Tommy October 29, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Aspen considers this chair a “high speed double”. Even though it uses triple carriers, Aspen only allows 2 people to load per chair.

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    • AM May 11, 2018 / 10:55 pm

      Why would they do that if it is a triple chair?


    • Maxwell July 16, 2019 / 10:36 pm

      There’s three people in the 5th picture

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  2. Camnoger August 11, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    Does anyone know where the other detachable triple is?


  3. Collin August 12, 2018 / 6:28 am

    The towers and terminals appear to be quad gauge so this lift could probably be converted to a quad if it were ever relocated. I don’t think Poma ever made a triple gauge detachable terminal so when Aspen wanted one they didn’t change anything but the chairs.


  4. Elijah February 28, 2019 / 5:03 pm

    Why would people build a detachable triple instead of a detachable quad or six pack?


    • Teddy's Lift World February 28, 2019 / 5:32 pm

      Most often to keep the skier concentration on trials lower, but to also provide a better experience for the skier (faster lift).

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  5. Tijsen January 31, 2020 / 2:54 pm

    Could they have bought this lift as a triple with quad gauge so it would have more wind tolerance?


    • Max Hart January 31, 2020 / 3:04 pm

      I would be willing to bet that Poma probably did not want to have reengineer the Challenger terminal to make it a few feet narrower, so they just built a fairly standard Challenger detachable quad but hung triple chairs on it.


      • Donald Reif January 31, 2020 / 3:16 pm

        And if demand grows, it was probably designed so it could be converted to a quad down the line.


      • BarkeeStone January 31, 2020 / 4:30 pm

        Or if they can modify the LPA terminals into triple detachable lift then it will work. Plus having H.S.T. will be cool and great for low capacity ski resorts.


        • Donald Reif January 31, 2020 / 4:39 pm

          The same capacity as a triple could be achieved with a quad that has larger chair spacing.


  6. pnwrider July 8, 2021 / 12:32 pm

    It seems they’ve decided to allow three people per chair now. There’s one picture on this page with three people on a chair, and the trail map now regards this lift as a High Speed Triple instead of a High Speed Double, which is what the trail map called it for about two decades.

    It makes sense considering they’re replacing Shadow Mountain with a full on Gondola or Chondola, I imagine the capacity would be higher than that of a fixed grip double. Unless it has the carrier spacing of the Arizona Gondola at Arizona Snowbowl…

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  7. art5690 September 9, 2021 / 7:08 pm

    there was a high speed double at mont Sainte Anne qc Canada it was made in 1971 and was removed in 1989

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  8. ski man November 4, 2021 / 11:53 am

    their was a detachable double at snow summit California it was made in 1953 and it was made by Ringer

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  9. Donald Reif January 14, 2022 / 9:50 am

    As of this upcoming summer, I think this’ll be the only operating high speed triple in the United States, since Alta plans to replace Sunnyside with a six pack.

    Liked by 1 person

      • Mike B January 14, 2022 / 12:11 pm

        Love that move if it’s true. Shortens the ride time w/o overloading the Wildcat terrain.

        Liked by 1 person

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