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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HoliMont’s Light Bar — View from the Chair

Light bars for lift ramps. This informal camera phone-video offers the experience of using a light bar from the skier’s perspective. Dave Riley, GM, HoliMont NY “Falling accidents usually happen where they always happen, right where the kid raises the restraining bar. We want to keep those restraining bars down longer so that if they… 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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John Dalton’s Lifted life in the Caribbean

This article has all the non-fiction action pack you could want: tower drama, helicopter drama, hurricane drama, with rum distilling and history older than your resort. John Dalton is outside in St. Maarten while we talk. He’s in balmy, shirtsleeve temperatures, almost 2000 miles due South of me. This laptop and I won’t leave the… Read More »

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Where is this? What is this?

Guesses will be enthusiastically enjoyed. Win 1 of 3 extremely cool Skytrac winter beanies.This image is part of the large collection at the New England Ski Museum. “Preserving the future of skiing’s past” http://newenglandskimuseum.org

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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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