Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service

​Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has approved the replacement of the Teocalli Lift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR). Beginning in early-May 2019, CBMR will begin removing the existing Teocalli Lift to replace and realign the lift for an improved on-mountain guest experience. The upgraded lift will debut in the 2019-20 winter season.

The old Teocalli lift base- photo: Coloradoskihistory.com - Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service.
The old Teocalli lift base- photo: Coloradoskihistory.com – Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service.

CBMR will replace the Teocalli Lift – a 1979 Riblet fixed-grip double chairlift – with an upgraded fixed-grip quad chairlift. By increasing the operating speed and subsequent spacing between the chairs – to accommodate the increased operating speed – the new Teocalli Lift will increase uphill capacity by more than 50 percent. The upper terminal of the Teocalli Lift will be shifted closer to the top of the Red Lady Express, while the lower terminal will remain in the existing location at the intersection of the Bushwacker, Gunsight Pass and Upper Conundrum trails.

After the existing Teocalli Lift is removed, site preparation and foundation work is expected to begin in July with the new Teocalli Lift being installed in August, weather and conditions depending.

“We appreciate the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of this project and are excited to begin construction on the new Teocalli Lift. Our intention is to have it operational in time for our 2019-20 opening day on November 23,” said Tim Baker, general manager of CBMR. “This upgrade will have an immediate impact and benefit to our guests by providing them quicker access to terrain and Uley’s Cabin and an improved egress to the base area.”

Skiers walking to the base of Mt Crested Butte. Photo: CBMR. Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service.
Skiers walking to the base of Mt Crested Butte. Photo: CBMR. Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service.

Twister Lift Update
In addition, CBMR’s Twister Lift, which was last operated during the 2013-14 season, will be removed in advance of the 2019 summer operating season. While there are no current plans to replace the Twister Lift at this time, we will continue to work with the U.S. Forest Service on the many additional opportunities to improve the guest experience, with the former Twister Lift being one of the many opportunities.

Public Sale of Teocalli and Twister Lift Chairs
CBMR is currently finalizing a date, location and price for the public sale of the chairs and will share details as they become available.

More information: Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

The Butte viewed from town. Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service.
The Butte viewed from town. Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service.

In another Colorado news, the Forest Service Grants Eldora its expansion request.

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This will be the last we'll see from this old Teocalli lift. The Twister lift will also being removed prior the 2019-20 ski season start. Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service.
This will be the last we’ll see from this old Teocalli lift. The Twister lift will also being removed prior the 2019-20 ski season start. Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service.

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Featured Image: Teocalli lift – Photo: Peter Landsmen- KBUT radio. Crested Butte’s Teocalli Lift Replacement Approved by U.S. Forest Service.

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