Shadow Mountain – Aspen Mountain, CO

Top station from above.
This lift is from the Riblet-SLI merger era and contains components from both.
Top breakover.
View down the line.
Lower part of the line.
Lower terminal overview.
Maze area and loading.
This lift replaced Aspen’s original single chair that started a few hundred yards lower.
Drive/tension carriage.
SLI towers, Riblet sheaves, SLI chairs, Riblet insert clips.

11 thoughts on “Shadow Mountain – Aspen Mountain, CO

  1. ACA Allertor May 23, 2017 / 5:20 am

    Odd this one doesn’t have safety bars. Most other lifts in the Aspen merger have them, the only other one that doesn’t is Panda Peak over at Buttermilk.


  2. Matt Z. April 7, 2018 / 3:40 am

    Why is the replacement of this lift so controversial?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Billuh December 9, 2021 / 8:27 pm

      Because it’s a perfect lift and “progress” often leads to a lesser experience for people who actually ski rather than preen at the local hip après bar.

      Liked by 1 person

      • ryand1407 October 15, 2022 / 10:10 am

        Ehhhh eventually old stuff and low capacity needs replacing, even for those of us who shred. I’d be fine if it was a new fixed grip triple.


      • skitheeast October 17, 2022 / 9:46 am

        It is so perfect that the vast majority of skiers choose to utilize Gondola Plaza as their portal to the mountain, resulting in an incredible imbalance among liftlines and crowds…

        Shadow Mountain needs to be replaced, as Aspen needs a better second portal. There are absolutely legitimate questions over how to do it, but denying that something needs to be done is denying that Aspen has grown and changed in the past 30 years.


    • Phillip January 1, 2023 / 10:59 am

      Because it has so much history as it was the longest lift in the world when built.


  3. Carson September 21, 2018 / 11:16 pm

    Weird towers for being sli and riblet


  4. GreatEight January 29, 2019 / 7:20 pm

    Have they decided on a plan to replace this lift yet?


    • William January 9, 2021 / 5:41 am

      Yes, they have decided to make it a 6 gondola, 4 chairlift chondola and will open for the 2022 ski season


  5. Joshua Redman July 25, 2022 / 4:16 pm

    I love the SLI chairs.


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