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Midwest Lost Ski Areas Project


Unique Ski Lifts of the Midwest

VIDEO: 5 Unique, Historic, & Interesting Ski Lifts In the Midwest - Midwestskiers.com

Additions, corrections, comments? Please email : mark@mwlsap.org

Click or tap on lift type, or scroll down, for pictures and more information.

 

Down and Up Chairlifts - one lift going up both sides of a valley

Up and Over Chairlifts - one lift going up both sides of a hill

Tracked Chairlifts - no hanging cable

Thank you to Skiers and Snowboarders of the Midwest Facebook Group and
Michigan Ski Area History Facebook Page

Single Chairlifts

J-Bars

Only known J-bar that is still in use in 2023 is at Powder Ridge Ski Area in Kimball, MN.

Poma Lifts (also called platter, disc, or button lifts) and Sitzlifts

Only known poma lift that is still in use in 2023 is at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN.

I thought I would add poma lifts after seeing this post in the Overheard in Michigan Ski Resorts Facebook Group. If you know of a midwest ski area that had, or has, a poma lift, please let me know - mark@mwlsap.org

 Sitzlifts - basically a platter lift

J-Bars

Only known J-bar that is still in use in 2023 is at Powder Ridge Ski Area in Kimball, MN.

Picture from https://liftblog.com/j-bar-powder-ridge-mn/


UNIQUE LIFTS 

Down and Up Chairlifts

Snowcrest - Somerset, WI http://www.mwlsap.org/wisconsin/wi.htm#snowcrest
Chair No. 1 and Chair No. 2

(map courtesy of skimap.org)

 

 

Birch Park, Houlton, WI - http://www.mwlsap.org/wisconsin/wi.htm#birchpark

(map courtesy of skimap.org)

 

Ski World / Royal Valley, Buchanan, MI - https://www.mwlsap.org/michigan/mi.htm#skiworld

(map courtesy of skimap.org)

 

 

Up and Over Chairlifts

 LOST
Lansing Ski Club - http://www.mwlsap.org/michigan/mi.htm#lansingskiclub
East Lansing, MI
MWLSAP Facebook Page
Lansing Ski Club Adds Lift - Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) · Thu, Dec 3, 1970

 

STILL OPEN:

Two at Little Switzerland, Swinger, WI

Whitecap Mountains, Upson, WI

Buena Vista, Bemidji, MN

 

Tracked Chairlifts

Skiers and Snowboarders of the Midwest Facebook Group

Caberfae
Resort still open

Ran for one season, 1959-69

 

 

Chestnut

Resort still open

 

SINGLE CHAIRLIFTS

Boyne Mountain (still open), Boyne Falls, MI
Installed at Boyne in 1948, began operating Jan. 9, 1949 . Hemlock Chair, single, changed to double three years later.

Moved from Sun Valley, ID. Was the world's first chairlift when installed on Dollar Mountain at Sun Valley in 1936. Designed by James Curran of Omaha Nebraska.

First chairlift in the Midwest [First chairlift in each Midwest state]

The Birth of the Chairlift and It's Tie to the Midwest - video - MidwestSkiers.com (5:12)

5 Unique, Historic, & Interesting Ski Lifts In the Midwest - video - MidwestSkiers.com (9:01)

Skiers and Snowboarders of the Midwest Facebook Group - Sept. 2023

James Curran (?) on his chair lift at Sun Valley

 

Val Chatel (lost), Park Rapids, MN - https://www.mwlsap.org/minnesota/mn.htm#valchatel

Second chairlift installed in Minnesota.

Ran from 1964 to 1971.

 

 


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