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Five Old School Ski Lifts That Let You Enjoy the View

Bill Malchisky  January 4 2014 12:05:00 AM
Just in time for the new year, the Wall Street Journal published a piece on scenic classic ski lift rides at domestic ski areas, which actually let you slow down a bit and enjoy the ride. Sure, sometimes when you seek to meet a friend at the mid-lift area quickly, the slower pace can be irksome if you grab the wrong chair, but outside of that, taking time for a nice conversation with a local, or your ski buddies makes a great day even better. This is an excellent compilation. Of course, other resorts have classic slower chairs---like Alta's Wildcat lift which allows you to get to some lightly tracked challenging tree skiing---but I would also put those rides outside of the top five, myself.

Read the short article here.

Image:Five Old School Ski Lifts That Let You Enjoy the View
Picture is of the Park City Mountain Resort, made available via Park City Mountain Resort
Comments

1Roy Rumaner  1/4/14 9:21:09 AM  Five Old School Ski Lifts That Let You Enjoy the View

I agree about Mad River Glen. I used to love that part of the slope.

2Bill Malchisky  1/4/14 9:29:21 AM  Five Old School Ski Lifts That Let You Enjoy the View

Yeah, that single chair is awesome. I like that they took a broader look, rather than concentrate on one local. Makes it much better overally, imho.

3Christian Tillmanns  1/4/14 12:47:29 PM  Five Old School Ski Lifts That Let You Enjoy the View

That is creepy. No safety bars on these chair lifts?

Don't want to go with kids there.

4Bill Malchisky  1/4/14 7:57:12 PM  Five Old School Ski Lifts That Let You Enjoy the View

@Christian - chair safety bars are a new addition c1980's; most of these chairs pre-date that. Also, it is just one or two lifts at each ski area, rather than the whole of lifts. Most new lifts come with safety bars.

When traveling with your kids, just use the lift that makes you comfortable and you'll enjoy yourself nicely. Thanks for the comment.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

5Christian Tillmanns  1/5/14 12:51:45 AM  Five Old School Ski Lifts That Let You Enjoy the View

Dito happy new year.

Then it must be true. Many years ago I read, that Americans could not handle the safety bar (?), but the first chair lift in Aspen had it, including the foot rest.

Here we never had chair lifts without, even the oldest from 1947 which ran until 2009 had it and still people manage to fall out.

6Bill Malchisky  1/6/14 8:44:43 AM  Five Old School Ski Lifts That Let You Enjoy the View

Well, major change takes time to accept and incorporate into one's daily routine. When I skied in Switzerland, despite safety bars on the chairlifts, nobody used them. The chairs were sufficiently wide and high that I felt the need to use it, but none of the locals did.

So, I suspect, it is true as well in many places, not just in the USA.

Will you be at IC14, Christian?

Ciao.

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