It Takes a Village to Run a Ski Lift

Mike Lane, NSAA’s new Technical Director, tells us of his start in the ski industry, his adventures as Ropeway Engineer for the Forest Service, and insider’s information on his favorite fishing lures. I moved into Sid’s old office and two sides have windows in the corner over-looking busy streets below on 133 South Van Gordon.… Read More »

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Fixed-Grip Friends, Mt Spokane, WA

New Chair Six triple Mt. Spokane, WA Sixteen towers, 1200’ of elevation, 33 picks in 3.4 hours This is what the end of a good day looks like. Fixed-Grip Friends: (back row)Brad McQuarrie, Caleb Deibel, Stefan Burandt, Matt Lewis, Zach Lingo, Justin Glidden, Ben Perry, Nick Clutter, Dustin Flath (front) Stefan-Lance Stengle, (kneeling) Chuck Von… Read More »

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Lift Blog’s Peter Landsman

Many of us who work around ropeways use Lift Blog’s database when we need a lift’s history or technical details. The blog’s compilation of ropeway-specific news, images, and announcements cover every aspect of lifts. It reads so wholly and interestingly, old-schoolers liken it to a ropeway history book that you want to keep flipping pages… Read More »

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Testing Load Speeds circa 1930’s

Excerpted from the New England Ski Museum’s Winter 2002 Newsletter Testing the new chairlift design in the Omaha, Nebraska shops of the Union Pacific Railroad. Designer and engineer James Curran needed to know how fast the lift could run and still allow skiers to load from a stationary position, so a chair was hung from… Read More »

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As Fate Would Have It

Jim Fletcher; skier, civil engineer, and recipient of the Jan Leonard Award. Jim tells the story of his career spanning 40 years of ski industry ropeways, especially how the thin threads of an eye examination and draft lottery during the Vietnam War era allowed fate to have its way.

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Lift Construction Circa 1961

The use of helicopters to transport lift towers to mountain locations was a great increase in efficiency, and allowed for much less disruption of the hillside since haul roads no longer needed to be built to each tower location. New chairlifts were constructed using helicopters for tower installation at Stratton Mountain, VT in 1961 and… Read More »

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The 2018 Parts Catalog, Good News for Your Resort

Skytrac fabricates and stocks parts for Skytrac, CTEC and many other lift brands. Click here to check out parts and compare prices in our parts showroom or download your catalog. Meet Alex McCann, your Parts and Customer Service Manager: Alex McCann — Parts & Service (801) 972­-1699 ext: 313 alexm@skytrac.us

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