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One Ski Lift-Forever

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I posted this thread over on ski gear general, but I think this is the right forum:

Alright, if had to be stuck skiing off of one, and only one chairlift for the rest of your life-which one would it be. Not a whole resort, mind you, just a single chairlift at a resort with only the terrain it accesses.

Here's my 4 contenders.

1. The New Collins Quad at Alta...From the edge of Wildcat to High rustler (and even the greeley bowls) and everything in between off of one lift-yee ha!

2. The Tram at Snowbird-Is their more true expert terrain so accessible off of one lift anywhere else. Steep in all directions (and 3000ft of verticle!)

3. KT-22 (Squaw) On a warm spring day, where else would you want to be

4. Chair #6 Kirkwood. Involves more hunt and peck than the others, but everything accessible from this chair has that great "outback" feel Kirkwood is known for!

Hmmm...looking at my own list, I'm pretty much leaning towards the new collins chair
post #2 of 28
Since you threw in the tram at the Bird as your #2 pick, I'm guessing it's not limited to just chairs. I'd throw my hat in as:
1. Mad River single
2. Olympic T-Bar at Perisher Blue in Australia
3. KT-22 (have to agree with you there!)
4. The now gone Sugarloaf gondola (what can I say, I'm an Easterner at heart!)
post #3 of 28
I have no experience outside my region, but of the chairs I've skied I have to lean toward the Glacier Chair at Blackcomb. Lots of variety: trees, rocks and cliffs, glacier skiing, bumps, open fields, steeps, cruise runs. The other one that crossed my mind was Peak Chair at Whistler. I've actually had more fun on it over the years, but I think Glacier has more variety.
post #4 of 28
If you'd include funicular railways, then it's a toss up between the one to Kleine Schiedegg (Jungfrau) or the one to Bellevarde (Espace Killy)
post #5 of 28
OK, I am not as adventurous as you guys. Let's see, of places I have been...

1) Dreamcatcher at Grand Targhee. Favorite mountain I have been to and the lift covers most of the mountain.

2) Another vote for the Snowbird Tram. Lot's of stuff I can't ski but can access most of the mountain and get to a lot of stuff fun for me.
post #6 of 28
1 - Snowbird tram - As much as I hate being stuffed into a box with 100 strangers who behave like cattle, I don't think there's another conveyance that serves up as much variety of terrain and great snow as this one. I avoid the tram in favor of the lifts there, but if I could only have one lift, that would have to be the one.

2 - Panorama Gondola at Mammoth - Another ride that serves up a ton of variety at a great mountain.

3 - Needles gondola at Snowbasin - like the Snowbird tram, serves up a good chunk of terrain at one of my favorite mountains.

4 - Great Western chair at Brighton - just because it serves up consistent doses of my favorite terrain and snow.


5 - Continental Divide chair at Sunshine Village - the terrain would be limited compared to others, but the views at the top of this one are unrivaled.

One I haven't experienced but would probably be on the list if I had would be the tram at Jackson. Just looking at the map makes me drool.
post #7 of 28
I'll vote for the goldola at Aspen's Ajax Mt. and choose Vail's Chair 5 which services the Sun-Up and Sundown Bowls as my second choice.

Jackson Hole's tram is #1 on my wish list.
post #8 of 28
1 - The Tram at Jackson
2 - Collins at Alta
3 - Chair 10 at Vail
4 - Broken Arrow at Squaw
5 - Chair 23 at Mammoth
6 - My own two feet anywhere there are not chairs
post #9 of 28
Snowbird Tram
post #10 of 28
-snowbird tram
-john paul quad at Snowbasin
-tram at jackson
post #11 of 28
Simple for me: Silverton. Though Jackson's tram would be a close second.
post #12 of 28
Man I hear nuthin but good about Silverton. I was in CO back in Nov but only had time for Purgatory ...

I'd go with:
Tram at Snowbird
Tram at Jackson
Aiguille du Midi - Chamonix
post #13 of 28
1. Kicking Horse tram
2. Granite Chief at Squaw
3. Ajax
4. Lincoln at Sugerbowl
post #14 of 28
only one huh???

The Pano gondi at Mammoth....
3k vert with skiing from November to June (October this season)
Bad weather or tucker'd out? get off at mid-station and cruise the trees or just cruise
Last run of the day? pretty much a whole mountain at my disposal
post #15 of 28
Silverton, never been want to go. That seems like a great choice.
post #16 of 28
PowWow rope-tow at Nashoba Valley
then the single chair at MRG.
post #17 of 28
Easy...Collins @ Alta. 'Nuff said.

Powdr
post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 
You know, people always point out the single at MRG, but not The Castlerock Triple at Sugarbush..and they serve almost exactly the same terrain (same hills of the mad river valley)-plus, you can ride it with a friend, and not smell diesel fumes-I would say that the castlerock lift is my favorite east coast chair (but, and I am an east-coaster, I must admit that I would not want to be stuck on an east coast chair for life..maybe a long weekend, though.).
post #19 of 28
post #20 of 28
Tram at Jackson
Collins at Alta
Tram at Big Sky
Tram at Snowbird
Peak at Whistler
Glacier at Blackcomb

There's so many, how can you choose?
post #21 of 28
Not to imply the poll/question is "flawed" , but, can we take other lifts to access our "one" lift that we will restrict our skiing to? Otherwise, some of the above suggestions involve some decent hiking!
post #22 of 28
Thread Starter 
Well, Since you're stuck on the lift for life...a little hiking will break the monotony!

In the case of the new Collins lift at Alta...hiking/traversing is the name of the gamee anyway (but yeah, it's a bit of a walk back from the bottom of high rustler)
post #23 of 28
Silverqueen Lift Crested Butte!!
post #24 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by vinn
Simple for me: Silverton. Though Jackson's tram would be a close second.
I agree with this post.

Here is a pic of me and the man who made it all happen, Aaron Brill a couple of years back. Note the matching coats!

http://home.mchsi.com/~uglymoney/_sgg/m1_1.htm

Looks like they got hammered this week.

http://www.onthesnow.com/news/colora...205-13367.html

http://www.vaildaily.com/article/200...NEWS/101200012

nate
post #25 of 28
Silverton would be a ski trip of a lifetime. Great pics!
post #26 of 28
Since noone else has said it, the Loge Lift @ Aspen Highlands, all of highlands Bowl, and steeple chase, and the backcountry t cheats to
yeah i'ld be happy for life.
post #27 of 28
The new Collins Lift at Alta
post #28 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Liam
You know, people always point out the single at MRG, but not The Castlerock Triple at Sugarbush..and they serve almost exactly the same terrain (same hills of the mad river valley)-plus, you can ride it with a friend, and not smell diesel fumes-I would say that the castlerock lift is my favorite east coast chair.
no way castlerock lift (a double, btw) services the same terrain as the single chair. i've never even skied castlerock (been to bush twice, wind held... still long to ride it) but feel very qualified to point out that the single at MRG services way more vertical and terrain options than castlerock double. perhaps the trails are similar, but the quantity and variety of options and combinations both on trail and off of the single are greater than castlerock. which you prefer is a legit preference, but i don't think the two are equals. fwiw, i didn't smell the fumes of the diesel when i've been to MRG.

MRG isn't my favorite area and the single isn't my favorite lift, but if there could be just one for the rest of my life, that would be it. it would likely be the only lift i wouldn't get bored off. if my two feet count as a lift, i think that would be the one since that could access any terrain any where
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