Built in 1978, Arapahoe Basin’s Pallavicini lift is perhaps the most iconic manmade feature of the ski area, servicing some of the most extreme and unique terrain on the mountain. At the end of the 2019-2020 season, it’s coming down.
According to Alan Henceroth, the COO of A-Basin, “it has been a great chairlift, but right now it is like owning a car with 400,000 miles.”
Don’t worry about missing out on the awesome terrain made accessible by the lift – Pallavicini will be replaced. Arapahoe Basin will be installing a 2020 Leitner Poma fixed-grip double chairlift capable of moving 1,200 people up the mountain per hour – the same number of people transported by the soon-to-go Pali.
As far as the old-school chairs go, roughly 100 of them will be up for sale in a lottery sometime in May. Additional details on that will be coming in the following weeks. Four chairs will also be up for auction, including one at the Enduro Party on April 8 and another at the Pali Party on April 25.
A favorite lift of many slopegoers, Henceroth assured the public that keeping the Pali Chair experience the same is important to Arapahoe Basin. The new lift will even share the same name, confirmed by resort communication manager Katherine Fuller.
Henceroth says, “The new lift will be just as good and the spirit and culture and vibe of Pali will be as strong as ever.”
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