After 50 years of service, the first chairlift of Keystone Resort is retiring, and it's chairs are looking for a new home. 20 Argentine lift chairs will be virtually auctioned to the public, with all proceeds benefitting The Summit Foundation. Read below for more information about this unique opportunity brought to you by our wonderful ski partner Keystone Ski Resort and EpicPromise.

FAQ KEYSTONE’S ARGENTINE SKI CHAIR, PUBLIC AUCTION

What’s Happening?

Twenty chairs from the Argentine chairlift will be sold to the general public via a virtual auction. Take a piece of Keystone Resort history home with you. Repurposed chairs from the lifts make great benches, swings, and other unique pieces of art for your home, office or yard.

100% of the proceeds of the public auction benefit The Summit Foundation. The Summit Foundation is a trusted local community foundation providing leadership and resources to assist local working families, resolve critical community issues and preserve the quality of life we all enjoy in our beautiful mountains.

How do I purchase a chair?

From 12pm on April 23, 2021 – 12pm on April 24, 2021, interested parties can bid on the 20 chairs available for public auction.

All chairs must be picked up at one of the specified pick-up times, and the purchaser must be present with receipt of purchase.

Where do I register to enter the auction?

You can register when you first place a bid or make donation on the auction site.

The auction registration link: givergy.us/keystonechairsale

What are the critical dates I should know?

April 23, 12 pm – April 24, 12 pm: Live, virtual auction

SAT, May 15, 2021 or SAT, May 22, 2021, 9am-12pm MST: winners must collect their chair from Keystone Resort. Directions will be given.

How much are the chairs?

The starting bid is $150.

100% of the proceeds of the public auction benefit The Summit Foundation

How many chairs can I purchase?

Limit one per household.

When do we find out if we’ve been selected to purchase a chair?

You will be notified shortly after the auction close on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Chairs will not be guaranteed until paid in full.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, after the fair market value is taken into consideration, winners of the auction will receive a tax receipt from The Summit Foundation.

The fair market value of a vintage chair from a ski chairlift is $200.

How do I collect my chair?

Chair pick-up will be located at Keystone Resort. Specific location will be provided after payment has been fulfilled.

All chairs must be picked up at one of the specified pick-up times:

  • Saturday, May 15, 9am -12pm
  • Saturday, May 22, 9am-12pm

No exceptions. If a chair is not collected during one of these times, the purchaser will forfeit chair and their donation will be taken at face-value; no refunds.

Purchaser will be required to sign a Purchase and Indemnification contract. This will be given to you at the time of purchase, if you are selected. Please try to bring a signed copy with you. If you cannot, we will provide copies for signature at pick-up.

The purchaser is also responsible for loading and securing their chair to their own vehicle. Minimum two people are recommended to assist with loading.

What size / weight are the chairs?

The double chairs are 120lbs, measuring 3.75ft wide and 9ft high.

Please ensure the vehicle you bring to collect the chairs can accommodate the above size/weight.

Can I choose the particular chair number?

No specific chair number can be requested, as the chairs will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

For questions about the sale or chair pick-up, please email Vail Resorts EpicPromise Foundation: epicpromise@vailresorts.com*.

For questions about The Summit Foundation and their work, please email: info@summitfoundation.org

*Vail Resorts’ EpicPromise Foundation is hosting this sale on behalf of The Summit Foundation.

Tell me more about the history of the chair and the planned lift improvements at Keystone.

This summer, Keystone Resort will upgrade the Peru Express lift with a new high-speed, six-passenger chairlift to provide quicker access out of the Mountain House base area. The project is set to break ground following the close of the 2020-21 winter season and will debut for the 2021-22 winter season.

Argentine, also known as Chair 1 was one of 2 original chairs installed at Keystone for their first operating season in 1970. Chair 2 was Montezuma. Argentine’s name has roots to a mining camp that was located near Argentine Pass. The mining camp was mostly destroyed in an avalanche in 1898. At one time in the latter half of the 1800’s, the silver mining area west of Georgetown was known as the Argentine Mining District. The original Argentine chair had 157 chairs with an uphill capacity of 1090 people per hour.