Teocalli – Crested Butte, CO

This was the first lift built by Vail Resorts at Crested Butte.

The alignment differs significantly from the previous double chair.

Monarch drive station.

Middle part of the lift line. 

Lower lift line. 

View up the line.

Lower terminal in the same location as the previous double.

View up from the bottom terminal. The old lift ran along the trees to the left.

Peak return station.

Loading area.

A Skytrac tower head with Leitner-Poma sheaves.

Breakover towers.

Tower 11.

The top terminal is right next to Red Lady Express. 

Unloading area.

The top half of the lift line is mostly flat.

The top of tower 12.

Upper lift line. 

A heavily loaded tower.

Riding up.

Skytrac quad chair without foot rests.

Middle part of the lift line.

Nearing the summit.

Tower 13.

View down near the summit.

This lift has quite a few combination assemblies.

The lift is very high off the ground in a few places.

View down.

7 thoughts on “Teocalli – Crested Butte, CO

  1. V3 December 20, 2019 / 11:32 pm

    This lift is a Monarch Standard not XT (you can tell by the space by the ladder) it also is the first Skytrac ordered by Vail resorts and the first Skytrac to have 4/4 combos. I had a nice time building it with Casey, Joe, Phil and Mike.

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  2. Donald Reif December 21, 2019 / 9:24 am

    There are five combi towers on this lift: towers 2, 3, 6, 11, and 12. The only lift on the mountain with more combi towers than that is the Silver Queen Express lift with seven (6, 7, 11, 12, 15, 20, 21).


  3. Coloski November 28, 2020 / 8:33 am

    Why did vail not opt for LP with this lift?


    • Donald Reif November 28, 2020 / 3:11 pm

      Cheapest bidder, probably. Vail also went with Skytrac for the Over and Out lift at PCMR, so they could’ve also had a discount.


  4. Skitaos January 9, 2021 / 6:38 am

    Why did vail not make this a detachable quad? It sure would have made lapping the terrain a lot better.


    • Myles Svec January 9, 2021 / 10:41 am

      I don’t think it is very high trafficked terrain and its flat at the top. Plus it’s 3700 ft long which is an short length for a HSQ and the ride time is still only 8.4 min which is not too long compared to other fixed grips. Anything over a 10 min ride time needs a HSQ.


      • Donald Reif January 9, 2021 / 10:57 am

        East River (3458 feet long) is shorter than Teocalli.

        I think in general, CBMR intends that you’ll spend most of your time on the Paradise Express and East River Express when you’re in this part of the mountain.


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