Teocalli – Crested Butte, CO

Of three Riblet center pole doubles built at Crested Butte, only Teocalli remains operating as of 2018.
Riding up a lonely lift line.
Breakover towers.
View up the line at T6.
Nearing the summit.
Arriving at the ’70s-style drive.
Motor room and unload ramp.
Top station overview.
Upper section of the line.
Closely-spaced towers.
Lower lift line section.
View up from near the bottom terminal.
Tension return station.

20 thoughts on “Teocalli – Crested Butte, CO

  1. david December 30, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    it is closed for the 2018/2019 season….


    • themav April 29, 2019 / 8:54 am

      I noticed this lift doesn’t have comfort bars. Perhaps that’s why it didn’t run, as Vail only recently (mid 2018) took over.

      Does Vail add comfort bars to their other center-pole doubles? They’ve acquired a handful of them over the years, but I’ve never been able to find pictures of those lifts with bars.


      • I could’ve sworn it was mechanical problems that did in Teocalli.

        On the subject of the bars, has anyone gone to see whether Vail’s modified the chairs on Peachtree?


        • themav April 30, 2019 / 10:50 pm

          I could’ve sworn I posted a reply earlier….

          I found a video of Peachtree from December 2018, and it didn’t have bars.


        • Cameron Halmrast April 30, 2019 / 11:07 pm

          Peachtree does not have bars. I have photos from last year and it’s a shame this lift will be replaced as it’s the last of Heron center pole doubles.


        • V12Tommy May 1, 2019 / 2:17 am

          I rode Peachtree closing day. No bar/footrest.


  2. V12Tommy February 6, 2019 / 11:25 pm

    It is being replaced by a fixed grip quad this summer for the 2019-20 season. :(


    • Donald Reif #SaveDaredevil (@DonaldMReif) April 28, 2019 / 11:21 pm

      The 2013 Master Plan had called for a high speed quad on a longer alignment that started much lower down. This fixed grip quad will probably just start at the existing loading area, but still end closer to the top of Red Lady.


  3. jcpierce05 June 8, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    What is with the metal plate under the seat on the right side, even though there is no plate on the left hand side?


    • Max June 9, 2019 / 12:18 pm

      Counterweight to balance the empty chairs, prevents them from hanging inwards


      • themav June 9, 2019 / 1:32 pm

        It’s worth noting that if you sit on the outside of an singly loaded center pole carrier there is the potential for the chairs to contact the tower tubes.


        • V12Tommy June 9, 2019 / 2:23 pm

          Is that why Riblets always seem to have the “hula hoop” at the top of the tower just under the sheaves? Always wondered as they seemed unnecessary, but I’ve always sat on the inside of a center bar


        • themav June 9, 2019 / 3:13 pm

          That is exactly why those are there. Riblet may have used narrower line gauges than other manufacturers, because I’ve never heard of that being a problem on Yan or CTEC double chairs.


  4. Donald Reif December 21, 2019 / 7:57 am

    Seems a few of the tower tubes are still there:


  5. iloveribletdoubles March 25, 2021 / 1:13 pm

    I’m so tired of Vail Resorts buying a ski area and getting rid of a perfectly good lift.


    • Donald Reif March 25, 2021 / 4:28 pm

      Teocalli was old and suffered a mechanical failure. And this replacement had been in the Master plan for years, albeit originally planned as a high speed quad.


      • Myles Svec March 25, 2021 / 5:22 pm

        Why did it not go HSQ on the longer alignment? Did Vail want to go cheap with it?


        • Utah Powder Skier March 25, 2021 / 5:26 pm

          Isn’t it redundant with East River and Paradise?


        • Donald Reif March 25, 2021 / 6:01 pm

          @Utah Powder Skier: Teocalli has some runs of its own that can’t be lapped from the Paradise Express, namely Bushwhacker, Meander, the Rosebush Glades and Gus’s Way.

          It’s also a secondary way to return to the base area from the east side of the hill, making it a useful lift if the Paradise Express goes down for any reason.


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