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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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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Back to the Future With Sam Geise

What were you doing 18 years ago?  Comparing ski industry notes and some personal ones, from 1998. You’ve been an engineer in the ski resort industry for 29 years; that’s nearly three decades of your neighbors watching you put your skis in your car when heading to work. You got your start in the wire… Read More »

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