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What is the LOWEST elevation chair lift in North America?

post #1 of 29
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The hubby mentioned tonight that we've skied the highest chairlift in North America at Breckenridge, is it possible that we've also skied the lowest? Yawgoo Valley, in Rhode Island is 310 or 315 at the "summit," depending on who you ask. Do you guys know of any lower?
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 Yes, but I can't find it.  It is in Nova Scotia (I think) and it goes right to sea level.
post #3 of 29
the base at Alyeska in Girdwood AK is purt near sea-level - 250 feet.  
post #4 of 29
Here's a contender:

Alyeska is Alaska's largest ski resort at 3,939 feet. Base level is 280 feet above sea level. Five double chair lifts. Almost half the mountain is above the timberline. Upper half of the mountain is wide open bowls, lower half offers tree-lined trails.

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/student_info/learn/skiing.htm

With base at 300 and the summit at 4,000 that is a sick vert!
post #5 of 29
Does it have to be a ski lift?? My daughters fiance helped to build  one on the Island of Dominica for sightseeing through the forst/jungle that was more horizontal than vertical and was probably near sea level.

edit....never mind some of the peaks on taht isalnd are well over 3,000 feet...not too likely it is lowest even if it is in the caribean
post #6 of 29
I've only tried to ski there,  it was closed for a rain day when I visited this past January.
However Le Massif must be close to sea level too.
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ice Queen View Post

The hubby mentioned tonight that we've skied the highest chairlift in North America at Breckenridge, is it possible that we've also skied the lowest? Yawgoo Valley, in Rhode Island is 310 or 315 at the "summit," depending on who you ask. Do you guys know of any lower?
I just looked it up on
http://www.skireport.com/rhodeisland/yawgoo/stats/


Bottom elevation 70 feet.
post #8 of 29
 OK, got it now.  It's Ski Ben Eoin in Nova Scotia.  The elevation of the base of the lift is listed as 1 meter.  http://www.skibeneoin.com/
post #9 of 29
Lowest chairlift - interesting. My little po-dunk home hill (The Loup Loup) used to have the longest surface (1240' vert poma stick) lift in North America or sumpin' like that! On a good day we got like 80,000 vert if you counted the up and down!  Now we have a nice comfy hand me down quad from Crystal Mt.  

To get on a chairlift at sea level would definitely be cool!
post #10 of 29
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Lowest chairlift - interesting. My little po-dunk home hill (The Loup Loup) used to have the longest surface (1240' vert poma stick) lift in North America or sumpin' like that! On a good day we got like 80,000 vert if you counted the up and down!  Now we have a nice comfy hand me down quad from Crystal Mt.  

To get on a chairlift at sea level would definitely be cool!

Always wanted to ski the Loup, but it's an awful long way from here in the winter.  I've been there in the summer and the hill looks like it would be fun.
post #11 of 29
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Always wanted to ski the Loup, but it's an awful long way from here in the winter.  I've been there in the summer and the hill looks like it would be fun.

Likewise regarding Mt. Baker. I was there once in the summer years ago when I lived in B'ham for a short time. The Loup's season is much shorter than Bakers but even so it's rare that hwy 20 is open when Baker is but it's lookin' like this year might be an exception! Just heard some scuttle butt today the hiway might be open the 8th or 9th and Bakers website says maybe running as late as the 25th? If so, strong possibility I will give it a shot this year!
post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 
I was actually wondering about the elevation at the top of the lift rather than the bottom. I'm shocked that Yawgoo lists its base as 70 feet, I have to do some checking on that.

It didn't seem that high yesterday looking at the washed out bridge and stream covering the road just outside the Yawgoo parking lot!
post #13 of 29
You'd think this would be it:

The Camden Snow Bowl | Where the mountains meet the sea

But if you do the calcs, with a summit of 1300 and 850 of vert, they are 450 above sea level at the base.

Cool tobogan ride, though.
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ice Queen View Post

I was actually wondering about the elevation at the top of the lift rather than the bottom.

D'oh.  I misunderstood.  
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Here's a contender:

Alyeska is Alaska's largest ski resort at 3,939 feet. Base level is 280 feet above sea level. Five double chair lifts. Almost half the mountain is above the timberline. Upper half of the mountain is wide open bowls, lower half offers tree-lined trails.

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/student_info/learn/skiing.htm

With base at 300 and the summit at 4,000 that is a sick vert!

The lowest lift here looks like "Wade's Way", a very short double
Might be 500'?
http://us2.resorts-interactive.com/vicomap/usa/alyeska/
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

the base at Alyeska in Girdwood AK is purt near sea-level - 250 feet.  


Wow. That is an interesting fact.

I want to go there.
post #17 of 29
A very strong contender also from Alaska; Hillburg.  Located on Elmondorf AFB in the Anchorage area.  Am trying to find the official stats on it but suspect the base is even lower than Alyeska while the top of the double chair must rise less than a majestic 250'.  The top of the chair is considerably less than 500' above sea level. 

No cat or copter skiing which is a shame, because they have more copters than anybody.  They seriously may have one of the best mountain views in NA.  You look north at the Alaska Range, Mt. McKinley, and Mt. Foreacre.  Will find the official stats and post.

http://www.elmendorfservices.com/travelAndRecreation/ODR/hillbergSkiArea/hillbergSkiCenter2.php
Edited by Stranger - 4/1/10 at 6:14pm
post #18 of 29
Yawgoo probably is 70ft. Ice Queen is right on.  What could be lower than 300ft. at the summit.  I live 30 min. from there and I've never been.   Rhode island has the lowest highest point of any state.  The highest point in the state is only 800ft.  Le massif is probably has the lowest base elevation for any real resort.  118ft above the St. Lawrence.  It's pretty cool.  Every trail has a great ocean view,  but I've never seen Alyeska.  that must be amazing also.

Check out this site.  There could be something smaller that's defunct.  Cool site though.  Has alot of info and ski history for defunct northeast ski areas.  The first place I skied as a kid was Brooklyn Ski area in CT.   200 ft. of vertical and I remember being scared to death. 

http://www.nelsap.org/
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Here's a contender:

Alyeska is Alaska's largest ski resort at 3,939 feet. Base level is 280 feet above sea level. Five double chair lifts. Almost half the mountain is above the timberline. Upper half of the mountain is wide open bowls, lower half offers tree-lined trails.

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/student_info/learn/skiing.htm

With base at 300 and the summit at 4,000 that is a sick vert!
That and 700 inches and some with more to come. This place has me intrigued. I have a spy there now and hope for a report after their season is over.
post #20 of 29
Brookvale Winter Activity Park in PEI is another very low ski hill. Probably Canada's lowest.

Base Elevation: 120 ft (37 m)
Summit Elevation: 370 ft (113 m
post #21 of 29

Roosevelt Island Tramway


The base of the TRAM on both sides has to be a winner. 
post #22 of 29
I believe the winner for lowest chairlift summit at an actual ski area is little Ski Bradford between Lawrence and Haverhill, MA.  Here's the evidence:  http://msrmaps.com/image.aspx?T=2&S=12&Z=19&X=414&Y=5917&W=1&qs=%7chaverhill%7cma%7c  That map's metric with 3-meter contour intervals.  The reservoir is at 82.9 meters or 272 feet; the tops of the chairlifts are probably a bit lower.  That may not be what you want to hear, Ice Queen, since you've skied Yawgoo Valley.  But you could check Yawgoo's actual summit elevation using the above link.

I'm suspicious of Ben Eoin's base elevation: I think they got that by subtracting their claimed vertical drop from their actual summit elevation.
Edited by Mapnut - 4/6/10 at 5:50am
post #23 of 29
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I believe the winner for lowest chairlift summit at an actual ski area is little Ski Bradford between Lawrence and Haverhill, MA. 

Ha ha. No wonder that in high school we had to set the race courses relative to the patches of available snow.....
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post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hey, Mapnut, cool! I looked at some RI state maps, and in fact from what I can tell from the poorly-labeled maps, the base at Yawgoo has to be pretty close to 70 or 80. That's probably why I didn't feel too much altitude sickness in Colorado -- I thought I was coming from sea level!

Ski Bradford, here I come! As god is my witness, I will ski the lowest summit elevation lift in the world, if it's the last thing I do!!!!!

Alyeska would be pretty awesome too.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

 OK, got it now.  It's Ski Ben Eoin in Nova Scotia.  The elevation of the base of the lift is listed as 1 meter.  http://www.skibeneoin.com/

From Google Earth I get that the summit of Ben Eoin is 506 feet and the base is about 40 feet.  They get in trouble when they claim a 500-foot vertical drop.

Ice Queen, enjoy your visit to Ski Bradford.  I haven't been there but from what I hear there are those who love it.  More pitch than Yawgoo (which I have skied), so for good skiers who live nearby, it's worthwhile for an evening or a warmup session.
post #29 of 29
Lowest good place at least in the East has got to be Le Massiff.  If you are taking a trip, go there.  118ft above and yet 2526 vertical.  Imagine that, a 2600 foot mountain with over 2500 vertical.  It makes it a little more impressive than just saying you are low when you actually ski down to the ocean.  The main lodge is at the top and you park at the top.  the base area is just above sea level and has beautiful views of the St. Lawrence river as do all of the trails.  The place is beautiful and the skiing is fantastic.
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