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Most scenic chair/tram in North America?

post #1 of 28
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I saw the post below on best chair for expert terrain but how about for scenery? I ski mostly in the east and I think the Tram at Jay is the most scenic I have ridden.

I would think somewhere out west will beat that appreciably (lake Tahoe area maybe)! We can even open it up to the best in the world if the mood strikes you!

Marc
post #2 of 28
Vote for the the lift that brings you to the top of the CA side of Heavenly.

Sky Express.

Ride it and turn around. Its ridiculous.
post #3 of 28
The summit chair at Wildcat, NH would get one of my votes in the East. Mt. Washington (highest peak in New England) is literally right across the street. If Mt. Washington isn't shrouded in the clouds (which admittedly rarely happens, especially in the winter) then the view is drop-jaw gorgeous.

Most of Cannon's chairs give you a really nice view of Mt. Lafayette, which is one of the higher peaks in the north-east.
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by gores95

I would think somewhere out west will beat that appreciably (lake Tahoe area maybe)! We can even open it up to the best in the world if the mood strikes you!

Marc
Since you opened it up to the world, the most scenic one I've personally ridden is the Ski Vogel tram in Bohinj, Slovenia. It's brand new, it goes STRAIGHT up about a thousand meters, has a beautiful lake (ala Lake Tahoe) in the background and spectacular mountains all around.

post #5 of 28
Bob,

For shame! You're not going to mention that funky red thingy in your own backyard. You know, the one that they are going to take down soon.






THE JACKSON HOLE TRAM

Hands down the best view in 'Merica, possibly the world.

Powdr
post #6 of 28
Not sure of ACTUAL chair names but views from the summit chairs:

EAST:
Wildcat........view of Mt Wash/Presidential Range is awesome
Gunstock.... 26 mile lake Winnipesaukee just below and the White's to the North

WEST:
Crystal..........Mt Ranier..enough said
Sun Valley.....360 degrees of the Sawtooths is amazing
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post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by XRC800
WOW!!!
post #9 of 28

Plus one on Heavenly, also Cortina

Agreed - Heavenly (or Homewood) are both spectacular.

If you want pure mountain vistas, no lakes, try Cortina, Italy (Frecchia Nel Cielo tram to top of Tofana):
http://www.ravalles.it/InvernoHTML/Index-Inv.htm
http://www.dolomiti.org/dengl/Cortin...allery_I.html#
http://www.dolomiti.org/dengl/photo/feb06_02.html

Cortina/Tofana was in the 007 film, For Your Eyes Only...
post #10 of 28
My vote goes to a chair (can't remember name) that I rode up in Heavenly. turn around and its nothing short of spectacular.
post #11 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Powdr
Bob,

For shame! You're not going to mention that funky red thingy in your own backyard. You know, the one that they are going to take down soon.




THE JACKSON HOLE TRAM

Hands down the best view in 'Merica, possibly the world.

Powdr
Truth is there are SO many lifts with breathtaking views on this planet.
BUT, since I have learned that disagreeing with Powdr is sometimes not too wise I second his nomination. This is a view to the southeast with Cody Pk, the peak on the right in the distance. Cody Bowl site of many Powder 8 comps is to the left of the peak. It's pretty close to the view you would get from the tram as it passes over the top of Thunder lift. The view to the north of the Grand Tetons isn't bad either.

post #12 of 28
I'll nominate some decent views from surface lifts:

Here's a classic shot of a poma/platter lift at Lake Louise ski area in Alberta, Canada. While surface lifts in general are an endangered species, this type is probably the most prevalent still utilized in the US: http://community.webshots.com/photo/...99586724orqMLD

Shot of a T-bar at Engelberg, Switzerland. You can ride alone or with a partner on each side of the "T". It takes a little teamwork and balance when two people ride one of these together. T-bars are very rare in the US now. I rode one 35 years ago at Stowe and a couple years ago in Austria. http://community.webshots.com/photo/...28058772pisQUZ

surface lifts can be used for various purposes; beginner lift, connector between two other major lifts, or to service expert terrain. The "Roca Jack", a famed lift at Portillo, Chile, falls into the latter category and is known for its thrilling five person slingshot-like launch up steep avalanche-prone terrain: http://community.webshots.com/photo/...28959861WRalKS

Here's a photo of a J-bar (sort of a half of a T-bar) in use on the beginner hill at Burke ski area in Vermont. I thought J-bars were somewhat boarder friendly, but not according to the caption for this shot. Note that the rider appears to be holding onto the bar rather than placing it behind the legs for a much easier pull up the hill.
http://community.webshots.com/photo/...42279117bUHUXD

Rope tows are hard on the gloves, but perhaps a little more versatile for boarders than pomas or t-bars. Here's a fantastic shot of a rope tow in heavy use at Whakapapa/Turoa Ski Area in the central part of the north Island of New Zealand. Mount Ruapehu is seen in the background. It was used as Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Ring films: http://community.webshots.com/photo/...96408097ZUqUHD
More info on this region of NZ: http://www.tourism.net.nz/new-zealan...s/ruapehu.html

PS: for any of the webshots photos click on view full size for nice picture.
post #13 of 28
Not that i have much experience in Europe or around the world but the Valluga II gondola in St. Anton has got to rank right up there. Here's a picture from the beginning of the ride but it's the top that gives you an endless view of the Alps.

Valluga II

Another I found:

Cloudy Summer Day

I'll check for a good winter picture at home tonight.
post #14 of 28
In my experience:

East: Wildcat - View of Mt. W and Tuck's is incredible
West: top of Orient Express at Vail....incredible view of back bowls, Mt. of the Holy Cross and the Gore Range.
post #15 of 28
I have three nice lift photos (I didn't take them, btw).These are labelled as...

Lake Louise

Kicking Horse


Sunshine
post #16 of 28
Anyone have a photo from the top of Eaglecrest Ski Area, Douglas Island, Juneau, AK? Spectacular.
post #17 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamesj
I'll nominate some decent views from surface lifts:

Shot of a T-bar at Engelberg, Switzerland. You can ride alone or with a partner on each side of the "T". It takes a little teamwork and balance when two people ride one of these together. T-bars are very rare in the US now. I rode one 35 years ago at Stowe and a couple years ago in Austria. http://community.webshots.com/photo/...28058772pisQUZ
There used to be a t-bar lift at Plattekill in NY. Anybody know if it's still there? I was there in spring conditions and the stress from the weight on the heavy snow caused it to go down 2x in one weekend. That's probably normal though.
post #18 of 28
Here's one you don't hear much about... Schweitzer Idaho, with Lake Pend O'rille in the background (the largest lake in Idaho)

post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
I have three nice lift photos (I didn't take them, btw).These are labelled as...

Lake Louise

Kicking Horse


Sunshine
I know all those views but the one labelled Lake Louise is actually the Sulpher Mnt. goldola above Banff, I do have to say that the panoramic view up at Sunshine is hard to beat.
post #20 of 28
In North America, I vote for Sunshine. Simply awesome!
post #21 of 28
Jackson hole tram
snowbird tram
big sky tram
Heavenly
sunshine
post #22 of 28
lake louise and squaw (tram)
post #23 of 28
Alyeska! IMO, the tram provides the best views in North America. This is really not just a plug for my local hill.
post #24 of 28
Chair #9, Telluride. Look back, and the view of the town and the box canyon below is stunning; the view of the San Juans at the top is even better.
post #25 of 28
Palivacinni chair at ABasin.

Look over your shoulder next time.
post #26 of 28
Chamonix: Aguille du Midi tram. Most incredible views I've ever seen from any lift in the world: Chamonix Ski Views

Zermatt: 2nd most spectacular view with the Matterhorn in the panorama. This pic does not do it justice, but this is one slice of a 360 degree view. The Klein Matterhorn tram was the most impressive view to us.

Sunshine: (Simply breathtaking everywhere you look)

Panorama: 1000 Peaks (They don't call it the "View of 1000 Peaks" for nothing

Telluride: Gold Hill chair (First time I got off the chair and looked around I was stunned--I just stood there and gawked for like 5 minutes. That had never happened to me.)
post #27 of 28
my vote goes to the Zugspitze in Germany.
[IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/_X100/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.jpg[/IMG]http://www.imagepark.de/bayzug/cgi-bin/dbgetjpeg1.pl?file=/Archiv/httpd/bayzug/bilder/Minis/CD130651/n10079c.tif
post #28 of 28
Mt. Baker's Chair 8. I can't give a photo because the view is too expansive. Maybe Mtbakerskier has a photo to share. From Mt. Shuksan all the way along Shuksan Arm is awe inspiring. This is an up-close-and-personal view rather than an wide vista. It looks like you can reach out and touch the hanging glaciers.
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