Buy a piece of A-Basin history: Exhibition lift chairs for sale

After the lifts close down for the season on June 6, construction on the new super quad at Arapahoe Basin will begin almost immediately. The new lift will replace the old Exhibition lift triple, and will be called the Black Mountain Express. Exo, as A-Basin locals call it, was built in 1978, and has 118 chairs. Of those, 110 are available for sale at the A-Basin website beginning May 1.

After purchasing a chair, you'll have to wait till the mountain shuts down to pick it up. You can go to the Basin and pick them up on June 11 and June 12. According to A-Basin, all sales are final, and no reservations are allowed. They recommend you bring a pickup truck to take the chair away.

Hmm, what to do with an old chair? It might make a cool summer swing or porch chair, and would certainly be a conversation starter.

To answer the inevitable question about why only 110 of the 118 are being sold, the Basin is donating the remaining eight to Summit Foundation, High Country Conservation Center, Team Summit, Summit County Community Care Clinic, Colorado Avalanche Information Center, The Family and Intercultural Resource Center, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, and the Keystone Science School.

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