Steamboat Resort lift chairs and gondola cabins will go up for auction next week

The Steamboat Resort Preview Elevator Chairs will be among the items on public auction beginning Monday, May 23.
Steamboat Resort / Courtesy Photo

The second phase of the $100 million project at Steamboat Resort known as Full Steam Ahead brings many additions, such as the lower portion of the new Wild Blue Gondola.

To accommodate the multitude of changes to the resort, the Preview and Christie III chairlifts have been removed. Chairs from Christie III, along with a number of cabins from the gondola installed in 1986 and a medical gondola cabin, will be available to the public at an online auction beginning Monday, May 23 at 8 a.m. morning, according to Steamboat Resort.

The Wild Blue Gondola will serve Greenhorn Ranch, a new learning area that will open in the winter of 2022-23 and will be equipped with a beginner chairlift and several magic carpets, so there was no longer a need for Preview.



The Preview elevator chairs were sold internally to employees earlier in May.

Christie III was installed in 1979 to increase climbing capacity, according to the resort, but has operated minimally in recent seasons as it was one of the resort’s oldest lifts and parts were difficult to find for repairs.



Christie III’s chairs are different from most because they have foam armrests and padded backs.

The medical cabin was installed as part of the 1986 gondola and has seen little use and has remained inside since, so it is in “perfect condition”, according to the resort.

The online auction will run until 8 p.m. on May 29 and can be accessed at steamboat.com/things-to-do/events/chair-auction. All chairs and cabins must be picked up in person on June 11 in the Prés parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon and cannot be stored for an additional period of time, delivered or shipped. Specific dimensions will be listed on the auction site.

Funds raised from the auction will be distributed to the resort’s charitable and environmental funds at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Last year’s auction of Priest Creek chairs raised over $200,000.

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