Twister – Crested Butte, CO

As of 2018, this lift has been removed from the trail map and appears to have been idle for awhile.
The top station has the tension carriage and counterweight.
View down an empty lift line.
Middle section of the line.
Looking up line.
Another view of the line.
Note the two chairs missing seats at the bottom. There are also clips with no chairs hanging from the haul rope.
The bottom terminal with vault drive.
Drive bullwheel and low speed shaft.
Loading at T1.
Return bullwheel.

8 thoughts on “Twister – Crested Butte, CO

  1. Jonathan March 23, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    Does anyone know how long this lift has been abandoned?


  2. PJ May 2, 2018 / 10:20 am

    For several years, they’ve only run it on Valentines Day for a couples promotional thing.

    It’s a shame, because there is a lot of good terrain in there, that now you have to ride all the way back to the base then back to the top to hit. The only reason I can think of is that it’s an older lift, which is probably costly to run.

    According to the 2013 resort master plan, they have received approval to realign Twister, and upgrade it to a fixed-grip quad that terminates in Paradise Bowl. See In that master plan, they describe Twister as “underutilized” due to demands for high-speed capacity, but that it serves a vital role as backup to the Silver Queen lift in the event of a high-winds closure.

    Perhaps its removal from the map indicates they are finally going to execute the upgrade.


    • liftnerd January 29, 2023 / 11:42 am

      Do they still run it for Valentines Day in 2023?


  3. Donald M. Reif March 24, 2019 / 10:01 am

    When Twister gets upgraded, Poma should realign the lift such that one can directly access High Lift T-Bar from it without any hiking, in case of a malfunction on Silver Queen (as happened recently).

    Liked by 1 person

    • Donald Reif November 18, 2021 / 6:09 am

      As in:


      • Crested Butte Ski Instructor March 14, 2022 / 10:34 pm

        Good luck with that one, I think we need it though as paradise and the base area is a cluster, it will provide another way up high and keep people off the chokepoints


        • Mark Voegeli May 14, 2022 / 9:25 pm

          Make the Silver Queen a Bubble or a Chondola…


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