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10 Best Ski lifts listed by Unofficial Networks

post #1 of 101
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Unofficial Networks listed the 10 Best Ski Lifts in the World.

http://unofficialnetworks.com/whos-ski-lift-world-41734/

Its kinda cool to see lifts like MRG's Single Chair,  Big Sky's Tram to Lone Peak, and Jackson Hole's Tram

 

 

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Some of these are just awe inspiring!

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What lift would you put on this list?

 

post #2 of 101

Those are some gnarly lifts. They're making me chomp at the proverbial bit . . .

post #3 of 101

The Aerial Tram at Canon for its historical value. 

post #4 of 101

That is a really good list.  Even though there are a few of those that I have not ridden, I will take their word for it.

 

A few that I would add off the top of my head:

 

The Valuga & Valuga II above St. Anton in Austria

The 2 stage tram at Les Grands Montets above Argentiere, France

The Kicking Horse Gondola in British Columbia

The Mammoth Mountain Gondola

& of course the John Paul chair combined with the Mt. Allen tram at Snowbasin, UT.

 

These lifts all serve huge amounts of diverse skiable terrain.

 

Thanks,

JF

post #5 of 101
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4ster, I was thinking of the JP Chair and the Mt Allen Tram at Snowbasin as well.

 

 

To be honest, I was kinda wondering why not the Cable Car at Squaw. It is an impressive ride to some pretty amazing terrain.

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Whistler Peak2Peak is pretty awesome. The tram up the Aguille du Midi in Chamonix is sweet, as well as the tram up the Zugspitze in Germany -- I will have to dig out my dvds since I have a lot of pics of trams.


Edited by MidwestPete - 9/15/11 at 8:18pm
post #7 of 101
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

To be honest, I was kinda wondering why not the Cable Car at Squaw. It is an impressive ride to some pretty amazing terrain.

Probably because they already got KT, which has to be at the top of anyones list

JF
 

 

 

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post #9 of 101
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

4ster, I was thinking of the JP Chair and the Mt Allen Tram at Snowbasin as well.

 

 

To be honest, I was kinda wondering why not the Cable Car at Squaw. It is an impressive ride to some pretty amazing terrain.


Mt. Allen came to my mind as well. I love the legal disclaimer the liftie has to read you everytime before it leaves the station.

 

post #10 of 101

The tram loses points for being so damn inconvenient. pain with the elevator at the base. no where to ski when you exit, really, have to go ride another lift, which is totally inferior for a tram concept. we all hate it, and ride it only under severe protest.

 

I think this is a subjective list from unofficial. just a fun brain game really. I think the premise is where can you get an awesome day of rad skiing more than the qualities of the lift.


Edited by davluri - 9/15/11 at 8:38pm
post #11 of 101
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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post


Mt. Allen came to my mind as well. I love the legal disclaimer the liftie has to read you everytime before it leaves the station.

 


Which reminds me that is more recently called the Allen Peak Tram.

Quote:

Welcome to the Allen Peak Tram

This Tram services black diamond & double black diamond terrain only

There is no easy way down from this tram

You may ride this tram back down if you wish

Marked & unmarked obstacles do exist

Please obey all posted signs & closures

No Name Peak is closed

Skiing or riding outside the ski area boundary is not recommended

Any cost of rescue will be at your expense

If you have any further questions, please ask patrol at the John Paul lodge

Have a nice day

Don't know if that's exactly the right order, but I think I got most of it.

 

JF

 

 

post #12 of 101

Interesting list, but too much emphasis on trams. Seems kinda a cop out to do Jackson, Snowbird and Big Sky trams. Maybe it's me, but I prefer the character of a chairlift or gondola and skip trams whenever possible.

post #13 of 101
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

The tram loses points for being so damn inconvenient. pain with the elevator at the base. no where to ski when you exit, really, have to go ride another lift, which is totally inferior for a tram concept. we all hate it, and ride it only under severe protest.

 

I think this is a subjective list from unofficial. just a fun brain game really. I think the premise is where can you get an awesome day of rad skiing more than the qualities of the lift.

Besides, Shane said KT was the best lift in the world.
 

 

post #14 of 101

This is cheating a bit, since Alagna has closed this lift:
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This is our tram, must be one of the oldest in Europe at this point, still going:
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The Vanoise Express is pretty cool, it links Les Arcs and La Plagne, I believe:
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The Titlis tram at Engelberg isn't that cool... except that it rotates:

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And then there's this one at Arosa, I think it just coasts down:
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post #15 of 101
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post

This is cheating a bit, since Alagna has closed this lift:
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This is our tram, must be one of the oldest in Europe at this point, still going:
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The Vanoise Express is pretty cool, it links Les Arcs and La Plagne, I believe:
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The Titlis tram at Engelberg isn't that cool... except that it rotates:

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And then there's this one at Arosa, I think it just coasts down:
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Damn the one at Arosa is decent.

 

post #16 of 101

Arosa also has a really nice 2 stage tram with an escalator at the top that terminates practically on the snow.  Is that thing on the tracks pretty new?  I don't recall it when I was there.

 

Doesn't Val d'Isere have a train that goes up inside the mountain?

 

JF

post #17 of 101

those are awesome lifts, prickly. the engineering is amazing. you guys have a lot of terrain that would be accessible no other way. what is it about the Alps terrain?

 

I know the Zugspitzbahn goes into a long tunnel about a third of the way up and remains in it to the summit. you can get out half way and ski Tunnelfenster, the most amazing experience of my early (age 14, 1962) skiing years.

 

In general, the superiority of Trams, or lack of, has to do with weather, IMO. In many situations in California, you lose the flow of your skiing and the efficiency of your clothing and goggles when you have to take off skis and get into a tram, not to mention being crammed in with a crowd. The nice thing about a chair is there is no break in temperature, humidity, or pace and rhythm of taking laps. Perhaps in Wyoming, where it is so very cold, it is a welcome relief to get inside, of anything.

post #18 of 101

The single at MRG, give me a break?  Tram's do access some of the raddest terrain, but often get overwhelmed because of low capacity.

post #19 of 101
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

The tram loses points for being so damn inconvenient. pain with the elevator at the base. no where to ski when you exit, really, have to go ride another lift, which is totally inferior for a tram concept. we all hate it, and ride it only under severe protest.

 

I think this is a subjective list from unofficial. just a fun brain game really. I think the premise is where can you get an awesome day of rad skiing more than the qualities of the lift.



What I like about the Cable Car is that its got a lot of history to it, connected to the Olympics, and even though you have to work a(tiny) bit to access skiing from it, it has a very imposing feel to it for first time riders.  The 8 minute trip to High Camp is pretty cool if you take the time to embrace it.

Besides, on the 4th of July, it was THE way to access skiing.

And after 4th of July festivities at the pool, we were serenaded by Matt Reardon

 

As for KT22, I agree that its impressive!  The first time I rode it, I wondered what the heck I was getting myself into.  Then Jessica Sobolowski said "Follow me" and I knew what I was doing.  I was Following Jessica!

post #20 of 101

Was the cable car there during the Olympics? The real stories people tell of the Cable Car are from the mid 70s or early 80s I think, when they used to run it in any weather. pretty wild, banging off the towers in the wind and such. Now it's the product of legalese restrictions. tame relatively. I mean now you know you'll get safely to the top. what fun is that?

post #21 of 101
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 Is that thing on the tracks pretty new?  I don't recall it when I was there.

 

Doesn't Val d'Isere have a train that goes up inside the mountain?

 

JF


 

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Damn the one at Arosa is decent.

 



That Tschuggen Express belongs to a hotel group in Arosa, so only their guests get to use it. It opened up back in 2009 according to their website.

 

The train in Val d'Isere goes through a long(ish) tunnel. It's strange the first time you ride it. But after a while, it's not as nice as being able to look out on the mountain. It's like riding a tilted subway train up a steep hill.

 

post #22 of 101

Holy cow. Those sure beat the lifts we have in northern Minnesota! Up there, you basically ride up on a solid piece of pine!

post #23 of 101
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Was the cable car there during the Olympics? The real stories people tell of the Cable Car are from the mid 70s or early 80s I think, when they used to run it in any weather. pretty wild, banging off the towers in the wind and such. Now it's the product of legalese restrictions. tame relatively. I mean now you know you'll get safely to the top. what fun is that?


I did some digging and you're right.  My bad.

The Cable Car wasn't built unit 1968, (olympics at Squaw 1960).

I guess the reason I thought it was built for the Olympics was because of the information and enthusiasm of the cable car operators who share the olympic facts and figures while on that 8 min trip up(or down).  

Still, its cool to pause for that 8 min to learn something about the mountain you're on, and its still extremely imposing to experience coming over the rocks on the way up.  Glad I'm in a cable car and not on a chair lift for that.

 

post #24 of 101

I wouldn't want to say anything to erode your confidence in the cable car eek.gif , TC, so I won't.  wink.gif  Funatel's technology is now over 40 years more advanced. hard to believe it's been so long.

post #25 of 101
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Dave, as cool as I think it is, and as much as I've enjoyed High Camp for the social atmosphere, I have ridden Kt22, or Head Wall, or Red Dog, or Granite Chief.... more in a day than I did the cable car all season long. 

 

post #26 of 101

Yeah, the Squash Valley (aka Death Valley) tram has kind of a scary history wink.gif.

JF

post #27 of 101

The picture in the article of the Marte Lift at Las Lenas does not really do it justice.pbpic4788.jpg

post #28 of 101

 

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This is cheating a bit, since Alagna has closed this lift:
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That one was a fun ride. If you were second to get on and didn't pay attention, then you risked falling off the top of the building in the background as you load from the roof. It would swing forward as the first person stepped on too so you had to keep an eye on it.

 

The Skimobile at Mt. Cranmore was certainly a unique conveyance.

 

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A few of the cars were cargo trucks that had snow plows to keep the track clear. Stepping on and particularly stepping off was a challenge for the uninitiated.

 

Another tram at Alagna was interesting in that it was two stages with a turn at midway. There was one drive cable so the top set and bottom set of cabins moved synchronously. I don't know if that was unusual or not, but it was the only one I've seen. I have a print of the mid station sheaves but not digitally (yet?).

 

Wildcat's gondola, also defunct, was a classic. It was imported used from Europe early on.

 

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Tuckerman Ravine in the background to the left, Huntington Ravine to the right with the Summit of Mt. Washington obscured by the 'egg'.

 

I rode the lift on its last day of public service.

 

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Doesn't Val d'Isere have a train that goes up inside the mountain?

 

JF


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Can't comment much about the view, however....Tignes 2007 017.jpg
 

 

post #30 of 101

Wow, after seeing this thread, the original article just looks downright lazy.

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