SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Skiers and snowboarders have the chance to own a piece of one of Colorado's most iconic ski lifts.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is replacing the 42-year-old lift this summer and will be selling most of the chairs to the public.
Of the lift's 104 chairs, 100 will be sold for $2,500 each and the remaining four will be auctioned off.
>> The video above is about some of the changes Araphoe Basin made this winter and how it affected visitation (before they closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Anyone interested in buying one needs to first buy a $50 ticket to join an interest list. A portion of the money from the ticket fee will go toward the Summit County Cares Emergency Fund, which is run by the Summit Foundation and is dedicated to COVID-19 response.
Ticket sales run from June 1-22. Arapahoe Basin will then randomly select 100 people from the list who will be notified on June 26 that they are able to buy a chair.
Those who want to guarantee they will get to own a chair can bid for the four chairs that are being auctioned off.
The first auction is live now and will run through May 25 at 5 p.m. As of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, the highest bid was $5,500.
Money from the auctions will go toward three Summit County nonprofits: Family and Intercultural Resource Center, Summit Community Care Clinic and Summit Foundation.
The Palivicini Life was installed in 1978 and is a fixed-grip double lift that brings skiers and boarders 1,329 feet up to what is widely considered some of the steepest and in-bound terrain in the state.
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