Segundo – Sunlight, CO

Lower station with counterweight, relocated from Aspen Mountain.
Tension bullwheel.
Top Riblet vault drive.
View down the line.
Lattice towers.
Breakover towers up top.
Mix of Riblet tube towers and Heron lattice towers.
View up the line.
The counterweight.

19 thoughts on “Segundo – Sunlight, CO

  1. Carson January 31, 2019 / 5:47 pm

    Top is riblet the towers are heron


    • Teddy's Lift World January 31, 2019 / 6:13 pm

      They look very similar to American Steel & Wire towers.


      • V12Tommy February 6, 2019 / 12:24 am

        Actually, there is a very simple explanation for that. Bob Heron designed at least some of American Steel and Wire’s lifts.


  2. Carson January 31, 2019 / 8:26 pm

    They might been American steel and wire never thought of that


  3. V12Tommy February 6, 2019 / 12:25 am

    These happen to be Heron lattice towers. The lift is what remains of Chair #3 at Aspen when it was decommissioned. They had issues with it after relocating, and Riblet was brought in to retrofit some stuff.


    • Utah Powder Skier March 12, 2021 / 9:09 pm

      Why did they replace the chairs? The Heron ones were also centerpole. To me, it looks like a waste of money.


      • pbropetech January 30, 2022 / 6:05 pm

        They may have decided to buy brand-new carriers because they weren’t buying an entirely new lift. Also, as V12 says, there were issues with the relocation (I have heard bits and pieces but not the whole story) so perhaps carriers were part of the problem.


  4. Riley May 18, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    Aside from the top section and sheave assemblies (probably Riblet retrofits?), these towers look exactly like the ones on the Thunderbird chair at Snoqualmie WA, which was a single-pole Heron double. Some of its towers are still standing.


  5. Miles Gately March 12, 2021 / 8:19 pm

    It looks a lot like looking glass, at winter park ski resort here are pictures but on looking glass you get off on a ramp then the lift turns, but on Segundo you get off whale the lift is turning.


    • Utah Powder Skier March 12, 2021 / 9:02 pm

      Sorry, I’m just not seeing the similarity. This is a modified Heron and Looking Glass is a straight Riblet. The only similarity I see is the chairs.

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  6. Ryan January 28, 2022 / 8:27 pm

    If this was the former Lift 3 at Aspen, then this was originally an American Steel single at Aspen.


  7. V12Tommy January 30, 2022 / 5:25 pm

    I don’t think that is accurate. The single chair at Aspen gets a bit confusing, as it was billed as the world’s longest chairlift, but it was actually 2 different lifts. The bottom terminal and a couple towers of lift 1 are still in their original location in town, and have been turned into a town park. The upper portion, (original) lift 2, started life as various parts harvested from mining trams in the area, and was a bi-cable lift with a track rope and haul rope. I have no record what happened to it, but it frequently dripped grease on riders when at Aspen, so I’d have to assume it was scrapped. Bob Heron returned to Aspen in 1954 to install lift 3, and as far as I know, it was always built as a double.

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    • pbropetech January 30, 2022 / 6:01 pm

      I didn’t know that about the original lift 2. I had thought the Riblet double that ran in that alignment was the original.


      • V12Tommy January 31, 2022 / 3:14 am

        As far as I know, Lift 2 was never a Riblet double. We might be talking about different chairlifts. Originally, Lift 1 was an American Steel & Wire single that ran from town, up to where the top of Lift 6 is now. If you are at the top of the current Lift 1A, you can see where the lift line originally continued on further. Then Lift 2 was another single, also built by American Steel & Wire, but it was a bi-cable lift, built repurposing old mining tram parts. It ran from the top of Lift 1 (and eventually Lift 6) up to Sundeck. If you stand at the top of Lift 6 and look towards Sundeck, you can make out the old lift line. It was removed in the 1980s, and no lift occupies the line today. It was removed from the trail map for the 87-88 season, and I assume physically removed the summer before as well, but I have no way to confirm that. Here is a photo of Lift 2:


        • pbropetech January 31, 2022 / 9:54 am

          Apparently the bicable single was replaced by the Riblet in 1958.

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  8. V12Tommy April 11, 2022 / 12:05 pm

    It looks like Segundo is slated to be replaced next summer (2023) with the former Lenawee triple from A-Basin. While I’m sad to see it go, I’m not surprised. Most of the lift was originally built in 1954.

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  9. Aspen Local July 16, 2022 / 12:51 pm

    A little information from a local in case anyone was wondering where the lift came from. The return station is the old lift 3 at Aspen built by Heron but the towers are from the original lift #1 which was removed in 1971 and installed at Sunlight in 1973. Bob Heron worked with American Steel and wire in 1946 to construct the single chairlift.

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