Lift 7′s Charm

The majority of ski lifts at resorts these days are high-speed quads and six-person chairs, designed to transport skiers and riders as quickly and efficiently as possible. Though these modern and improved contraptions serve their purpose, a certain amount of character is lost in their sleek design. Telluride is no different.

High-speed quads across the mountain enable visitors to lap the easy, beginner trails in the Village or the steep, expert terrain up on Gold Hill and Revelation Bowl. But on the front side of the mountain (known as the “dark side“), the two, ancient lifts that connect the town to the area retain a level of historical charm not found anywhere else. And the highlight of these is the Coonskin Lift, Lift 7, and not simply because it is a three-minute walk from our place.

Originally installed in the 1970s, Lift 7 has had no face lifts, no upgrades and according to local rumor, is the oldest running lift in Colorado. It is slow, sketchy and lowering the bar really does not provide any additional peace of mind. Nevertheless, the double chair adds that extra bit of character, that blast-from-the-past aura, that truly makes Telluride unique. Just make sure to hold on when the lift goes over the Gondola; it gets a bit scary.

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