Ruthies – Aspen Mountain, CO

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

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    • 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?

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  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.

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

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

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    • 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?

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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  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.

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      • 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.

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