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.