Friday, May 15, 2020

Selling Pali Chairs

Pallavicini Chairlift (Pali) is the Black Jewel of Arapahoe Basin. Installed by Lift Engineering (YAN) in 1978, Pali will be removed in June 2020 and replaced with a brand new Leitner Poma double chairlift, ready for the 2020-21 season. 

The actual chairs or carriers are a hot commodity. We had a great plan and schedule to sell the Pali chairs this spring. The COVID-19 closure changed all of that. We are going to kick start that program again this month.

We are going to take four of the chairs and auction them off, raising money for good causes. Proceeds from three of those auctions will be split with three local non-profits, The Summit Foundation, The Community Care Clinic and The Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC). The fourth chair's auction will benefit a couple of our employees with medical needs.

The first auction will occur on eBay from May 18-25. Again, all the proceeds will be split with the three non-profits above. Later in the summer and fall, we will announce the other three auctions. Being the top bidder is one way to guarantee you will get a Pali chair.

On top of the auctions, we will be selling another 100 Pali chairs. Thousands of people are interested in these 100 chairs. When finished, 100 people may love us and a few thousand may be a little sad. For a chance to purchase one of these chairs, you can buy a $50 ticket to enter a drawing. A portion of that $50 goes to the Summit County Care Emergency Fund. Tickets will be available June 1-22. On June 24, we will randomly draw the names of 100 lucky people who can purchase a chair for $2500.

For auction and sales details, go to Pali Chair Info

For email updates, sign up at  Pali Chair Email




36 comments:

Rachel Vecchitto said...

It's really disappointing that A-Basin passholders don't get any priority in the lottery... an chance of doubling up lottery entries for, say, double down passholders? :) Or including extra lottery entries with new pass purchases made between now and the lottery entry end date or something?

Anonymous said...

Any chance at a lottery for say $50-$100 / ticket that would give more people a chance to get one that aren't wanting / able to shell out $2500? Could even raise more money for chairity this way as I imagine a ton of people would buy tickets for this.

Anonymous said...

Any chance at a lottery for say $50-$100 / ticket where the winner would get a chair for only small additional cost? This would give more people a chance to get one that aren't wanting / able to shell out $2500? Could even raise more money for chairity this way as I imagine a ton of people would buy tickets for this.

Unknown said...

I'm not a season pass holder. I have iKon. I feel A Bay season pass holders should be given some sort of priority.

Anonymous said...

It is amazing there are thousands of people that want to spend $2500 for a ski chair!! I bought mine from our local ski area for $100 a few years ago. I could have bought 20 if I wanted at $100 each.

Anonymous said...

$2500?? Most used chairs get sold off for $100-200 at ski areas upgrading lifts. I realize this lift has a following, but.... wow.

Anonymous said...

Greedy. Pure and simple.

You justify your partnerships with mega passes by mentioning the resort upgrades that they fund. Yet you need to sell chairs for $2,500/each?

Having one of these chairs would be special to a lot of people that have been skiing Abasin for years - spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on passes and food and drinks. Yet you just priced out 99% of them from participating in this sale.

hikinat59 said...

lets hope the molly chairs (of which there are fewer) are priced fairly, 2500 is beyond excessive in spite of supply and demand economics

Anonymous said...

Whatever A bay. I'm going to go crush a bud light in the parking lot at Copper instead and wait for a A lift chair.

Anonymous said...


- 4 chairs to be auctioned to highest bidders.
- The remaining 96 chairs in a $50 lottery ticket and if your ticket is drawn, you can then pay $2,500. Guess we will see if they sell enough of these lottery tickets. They must have some idea of the market to set this price.

Suggestion:
I agree with "annonymous: May 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM
- Would be nice to see if A-Basin could have one chair at a $50 lottery ticket or something not so high dollar for a chance to win a chair with no additional cost. A lot more people have $50 to take a chance then have $2,550. That way, people who do not have $2,550 could participate for an opportunity. Proceeds could be donated to charity.
- I am not an A-Basin pass holder, but it would certainly be nice to see some preferential treatment to 2019-2020 or 2020/2021 A-Basin pass holders are allocated some percentage of the chairs.

Anonymous said...

"I'm going to go crush a bud light in the parking lot at Copper instead and wait for a A lift chair."

LMAO you might be waiting awhile

Anonymous said...

$2,500 for a piece of history seems on par. No matter what reasonable price they put it at, someone who wanted a chair would be priced out. I think a $50 true raffle for anyone who purchased a season pass ever (some way to prove it?) would be commendable.

Anonymous said...

Free raffle entries for employees that have bumped pali?

Anonymous said...

I'll give you 20 bucks. Take it or leave it.

Anonymous said...

$2500 for a old black chair. Ahh how about no. Thats a car or a killer ski trip. Stupid

Anonymous said...

Al I hope you're able to sell the chairs at $2,500 each. It would suck not having enough revenue for your CapEx.

Anonymous said...

Dude says $2500 is fair and is skiing on a 8 year old pair of skis, boots and bindings worth $200. Fools

Anonymous said...

Boy Al, you really know how to get people fired up! $2,500 is pricey for me, but I'm not the one determining the supply/demand issue here and certainly don't quite appreciate the sentimental value for some folks. If I had the money for that, the next issue is what the heck to do with it as my wife is already asking about tons of junk I should have disposed of years ago. Perhaps people use them in a similar fashion as a swing on their porch?? It's beyond me for the most part but I don't know one thing for sure, Al knows how to get some irritable homebound ski bums worked up!

Anonymous said...

Why make a few thousand people sad by selling the chairs so cheaply that you have to have a raffle? Make the price point so you don't need a raffle in the first place. $25,000 per chair is much more like it if you don't want to get anyone bummed out. And after considering how many suffering right now around the world could be alleviated from the pain of starvation with a $25,000 donation these folks who do get a chair should be even more fond of their purchase. Instead of using their personal wealth for philanthropic purposes they got a very special chair for their own pleasure.

Anonymous said...


Hey, quick question. Just a little off topic - but not really since it has to do with old chairs and money...
When you re-did the bathrooms last year, why were we not allowed to buy the toilet seats? I had become very, very comfortable in the first stall on the left side over many seasons.

I'd've paid $2500 for that toilet seat.

$2500 for a ski lift chair GTFOH!?!

Unknown said...

I think anyone that pays $2500 for a 40 year old ski lift chair may have been hit in the head by the chair one too many times... i paid $150 for an old lift Big Mountain (Whitefish) chair 20 years ago, I also was a Colorado Pass holder for several years... WTH makes a Pali chair worth 10x?

Rider11 said...

$2,500 for the chairs is absurd! Look at other resorts selling them off. It is one thing for some of them to go to charity, especially with COVID-19 right now. But the rest should go to the hard core Abasin fans. $2,500 is 2+ seasons of full epic/ikon passes, a trip someplace out west, a heli day, etc. I see other resorts selling them for $500 which is manageable. This seems out of character for Abasin and super disappointing and lame. Great job dividing the people who love the legend.

Anonymous said...

As a season pass holder i paid the lowest price in years so i believe i deserve more. More! MORE! AND BRING ME YOUR FIRSTBORN!!

Tele Leslie said...

People want to bitch these days. There is no way that Al can satisfy the masses people. Did you see that part where money is going to local charities? The governor says stay inside but it is ok to go out to exercise, and people shame those who do just that. There are the NIMBY people, as well. If you don't like it, don't buy one. I am not asking for any special consideration and have been on staff for double digit years. I do have a chair from the resort lift I spent my college years at. I paid less. And a heap of people were bummed they didn't get one. Suck it up buttercup. Stop being dicks about every fucking thing that doesn't go your way. Go play in another sandbox, that is fine with me!

Chrissy said...

It would be nice to have at least one chair raffled off so that those of us who can't afford the large ticket could at least have a slim chance of getting lucky enough to have a bit of Pali to treasure. Would it be so hard to raffle off one chair to the poorer masses?

Anonymous said...

My god who even would want a pali chair for $2500 ?
I could care less. I farted on those chairs a thousand times.

Anonymous said...

Jeez. It's simple supply and demand people. A Basin doesn't owe you the right to purchase a chair. I personally would never pay $2,500 for one of these. But there are obviously many people who are willing to. Al and A Basin have every right to price the chairs however they want. We truly are living in the most entitled age ever. Get over yourselves. You are not special, despite what your mommy's and daddy's might have told you growing up. You are entitled to NOTHING.

FishSniper said...

I am not surprised at many of these comments. To whom does the lift belong, the corporation that owns ABasin, or season pass holders? Owning a season pass doesn't give you claim to ABasin's capital. I see the entitlement mindset has infected season pass holders; newsflash - you're not royalty. I would argue that I have more stake in that lift than anyone making comments here, and the comments being made are ridiculous; how do you get through life if things like this wad up your undies so badly?

Full disclosure: Former Pali Team Captain and ABasin Lift Maintenace Supervisor.

hikinat59 said...

stating an opinion that 2500$ is excessive is not a 'ridiculous comment', it's a reasonable stance, especially given abasin's proud history of welcoming the dirtbag culture- microwave in aframe, beer, bbq grills and dogs in parking lot, etc. yes, it's great that (some/all?) money is going to charities but it would have been nice and it would have generated some money if people could enter a lottery to buy a chair at a far lower price. are molly chairs being sold?

FishSniper said...

It's not excessive, it's going to a charity, and they're simply trying to maximize money raised. Good on ABasin for working on this idea, and good on those that can pony up the money to help a charity. To whine about the price because you can't participate is selfish; lowering the price affects the charity, all so you can have a steel seat in your backyard and try and impress your friends that you're a junk collector.

Anonymous said...

Uhhhhh..... 4 chairs are going to charity. The rest of the chairs are being used to offset the cost of the new Pali.

Anonymous said...

FishSniper - the proceeds from FOUR chair auctions are going to charity. ZERO percent of the money from the sales of the other 100 chairs at $2,500/each will be donated.

Anonymous said...

It absolutely doesn't matter one bit that "only" four chairs are going to charity (likely at much higher prices than $2,500 because it's a tax deduction). The point is that this is A-Basin's property, they've run the Pali lift and paid the expenses and handled the maintenance of the lift all of these years. Now they're replacing this lift with an new lift and want to offset some of the costs. What's wrong with that? Just because it's skiing doesn't make A-Basin any less of a business with significant overhead. They don't owe any of you guys the right to purchase anything. Seriously, what the heck is wrong with you to even think this way?I truly find the entitlement of these comments to be sad. I love A-Basin because of the vibe also. But if you keep biting the hand that feeds you, A Basin may turn into the corporate atmosphere we avoid. Because, as it turns out, the people who ski here and comment on this are just as bad, if not worse, than the people we avoid by coming to A-Basin. STOP THE ENTITLEMENT

Telleytodd said...

Sad day A-baisn selling the chairs for $2500-. And none for the true fans of the ski area.. Most of the chairs are just sit on some rich second home owners porch, that probably never road on the lift anyway. Not even 10 or 20 chairs for a regular $25 a ticket Lottery. It's not Entitlement it's Just right thing to do.....

Anonymous said...

Telleytodd - That literally makes no sense. Aside from the fact that it doesn't matter how much money someone has, why would some "rich second home owner" buy one of these for $2,500, when other chairs are available for far less, when they have never ridden the chair or have an emotional attachment to it? That's such a poorly thought out comment, I don't know why you wasted your time to post it. Thinking you are owed something just because you've been skiing there for years IS entitlement in every sense of the word. Why is this so difficult for you people to comprehend? (Full disclosure - I am not rich and would never pay $2,500 for one of these chairs. I just can't stand when people feel they're owed something when they are not. This is one of the main problems with society today)

SystemLock said...

Yeah, any of you that have ANYthing negative to say about how ABasin runs their business are really out of touch with reality. Beat it. This is a positive, friendly blog. Keep up the good work ABay team and I hope we get our number selected on June 24! I want a chair for our backyard!