From the Vault: Going up … |

From the Vault: Going up …

One color slide transparency from March 1958. The slide depicts a view of Little Nell from the Bell Mountain Lodge (located on the corner of Cooper Street and Spring Street and owned by Lee and Jean Geier). To the left of the bottom terminal of the Little Nell lift, the platform for practicing loading and unloading can be seen. The view looks over what is now the City Market parking lot.
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“Little Nell lift to open for season tomorrow,” announced The Aspen Times on Dec. 20, 1956. “Boasting the only practice loading and unloading platform in the country, Aspen’s newest chairlift will open for the season tomorrow, December 21. Replacing the T-Bar, on the Little Nell slope, the lift is 3,100 feet long, has a vertical rise of about 830 feet and is expected to handle almost 900 passengers per hour. A unique feature of the new chairlift is a practice platform alongside the lower terminal. This has a hinged chair which will enable beginning skiers to practice loading and unloading. To be called the Little Nell Double Chairlift, the new installation has approximately 52 chairs and should do much to alleviate waiting lines on the other lifts.” The photo above shows the Little Nell ski run and chairlift in 1958. The platform to the left of the base of the chairlift is the practice area for loading and unloading.

This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at

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