Home > News

Bid Now, Win a Piece of ‘Legend’ History: Auction for A Basin Pali Lift Chairs Underway

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, also known as A-Basin and 'The Legend,' is auctioning off the last two Pallavicini chairlift chairs — and they could be yours. Bonus: 100% of the sales go to charity.

The old Pallavicini 'Pali' lift at Arapahoe Basin; (photo/A Basin)
Support us! GearJunkie may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn More

The Pallavicini “Pali” chairlift at A Basin has a long and beloved history. When the Colorado ski resort announced in 2020 it would be replacing the lift with a new one, murmurs were that you could take a chair home. And indeed, you finally can — via an online auction. Most of the chairs were claimed or auctioned long ago, but A Basin has put the last two up for bidding, with 100% of the proceeds going to chair-ity. (See what we did there?)

The auction for the two chairs will each take place in 2-week increments, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Why now? To be honest, according to A Basin’s COO Al Henceroth, the Basin “planned on auctioning off two more [chairs] when the original [Pali] was removed,” but “fell a little behind.” Then COVID happened. So now, a few years later, two iconic Pali chairs are back up for bidding.

About the Pali Lift Chairs

The old Pali lift, right before it was replaced in summer 2020; (photo/Mary Murphy)

The Pali lift was installed at Arapahoe Basin back in 1978; it’s a two-seater Yan lift, no lap bar. It’s always been a slow but steady ride up to the top of the Pali Outpost, where you can reach frontside expert terrain, the Pali Cornice, the West Wall, and the pick-your-poison Steep Gullies.

It’s a breathtaking view, and has been named multiple times as one of the most iconic chairlifts in the U.S. In fact, the COO of Arapahoe Basin Alan Henceroth went so far as to say, “It’s my favorite chairlift, anywhere.”

The beloved original Pallavicini lift retired in 2020, and was replaced with a newer 141-chair Leitner-Poma fixed-grip double chairlift. It’s not any faster, and maintains the two-seater charm — but with a safety bar.

Purgatory Resort's demand-based pricing means you can get lift tickets for as low as $9

$9 Ski Passes: Purgatory's 'Dynamic Pricing' Sounds Way Too Good to Be True

Purgatory expanded the range for its dynamic pricing for the 2023/24 season, so visitors can snag day passes for as low as $9 this season — if you can snag them early. Read more…

The Auction: Own a Piece of Pali

The new Pallavicini lift, after it was replaced in 2020; (photo/A Basin)

The first Pali chair auction runs now until September 29, while the second chair e-bidding auction will open on September 30 and run to October 14, 2023. Nonprofits receive 100% of the funds — which will be split evenly between the local Family Intercultural Resource Center, Summit Community Care Clinic, and the Summit Foundation.

And hey, if the price of a chair is too steep for you (or you have nowhere to put it), you can still take home a piece of the legendary Pali lift! That’s right: A-Basin is also selling sections of the cable rope for keeps. The 3-foot cable rope sections are a reasonable $20.

If you are a diehard A Basin Ski Area fan looking to grab a piece of the Black Jewel, look no further.

Editor’s note: At the time of publishing, the auction site reported some issues with the link that it was investigating.

a skier in a red jacket executing a flip off a snowy jump

A Welcome Departure From Typical Ski Films: 'Mountain in My Mind' Is a Series on Mental Health in Skiing

High-stoke, fast-paced, crazy steep, big mountain lines. Crazy couloirs. Typical ski films are pretty predictable. 'Mountain in My Mind' is out to change that. Read more…

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive GearJunkie content direct to your inbox.

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive GearJunkie content direct to your inbox.