Category: Articles

Bill Brett’s View From the Tower

Bill Brett, the now retired mountain manager from Timberline Resort, OR, is the 2017 recipient of the PNSAA Tower of Excellence Award. Here’s his story on lift mechanics in some of the U.S.’s toughest weather. “Here at Timberline, we built the first Palmer lift; a Riblet fixed double in 1977 to 1978. It was the… Read More »

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Dave Riley Isn’t Bored Anymore

Writer’s note for reading this article: If you know Dave, you’ll understand that is written just as he speaks .. loaded with his humble, wry humor. Bill Merk bought a Tucker Snowcat and trailer to carry people up the mountain for skiing. A small building with a center fireplace and a gravel floor served as… Read More »

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Conversations with Ross Stevens

Professional Engineer and life skier on today’s ski lift culture, lift projects, and his take on differing ANSI Standard interpretations. “The mid-eighties was my ten-year career mark in civil, structural, ski lift and tramway engineering — the engineering I loved the most. At this point in time, I decided to venture out on my own… Read More »

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LeRoy Shultz and… Can You Guess Who?

Win a Skytrac hat! Last June, LeRoy Shultz, Engineer and past chairman of the ANSI B77.1 Committee received the Jan W. Leonard award for exceptional contribution to the Committee. We caught up with his wife Dana who sent us this wonderful picture of Leroy accepting his award. Thanks Dana! But WHO’s the rugged ivy-leaguer-looking guy… Read More »

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Paint Your Tucks and Don’t Overlube

Generations of Advice from Mountain Wire Rope Services. Is your team prepared for your upcoming splice or will you fall back on old habits? JT and Whitney Walters-Anderson give us the basics for Splice Day that often get overlooked. Pre-Splice Day Mountain Wire Rope will ask for the original splice report, original rope specs and… Read More »

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The Rebuilding of a Historic PA Ski Resort

In 1938 when the Mellon’s developed Laurel Mountain as a private ski club, the Ligonier Valley was a playground for the wealthy with fox hunting, trout fishing, and the Rolling Rock Club. This valley was where the Westinghouse, Carnegie and other famous Gilded Age families mixed socially for holidays away from the city heat and… Read More »

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