Sunday, October 30, 2016

Single Chair Update - Fun Valley

A couple weeks ago I did a post about the original single chairlifts at The Basin expressing my interest in finding one of the chairs. I received a number of messages from people with tips on finding an original or similar chair. Thanks to everyone that sent me a message.

I did learn that one of the chairlifts went to Fun Valley, a small, now closed, ski area just outside Denver on Deer Creek Canyon Road by Homewood Park.  Coloradoskihistory.com posted a 1995 Rocky Mountain News article on the sale of Fun Valley. Then owner, Joe Dorris, sold the chairs as souvenirs. So.....I am still looking for one of those chairs. If this story sounds a little familiar or rings a bell or if it a triggers a thought about a funny looking metal chair in your friend's scrap pile, let me know. Thanks.

11 comments:

TAG Team said...

One man's trash is another man's treasure...

Anonymous said...

Look at vintagesnow.net . I am not sure if it is current but they have them for sale - Brian Ferber

Anonymous said...

You don't want an old chair anyway. Some fat person from Denver will sit on it and break the welds or the rotten steel! You won't be able to check for cracks without taking off 15 layers of paint.

For a $1000 food/beverage credit and a keystone/abasin pass I'd build you an exact replica that would be safer to use and have better welds and steel at this point than an old rust bucket seat. This is your new office chair, right Al?

Anonymous said...

Haha. No one wants your garbage replica.

Jon Barr said...

Al,
I ride my bike up Deer Creek Canyon to get in shape to ski at A-Basin. I did not know there was a defunct ski hill up there somewhere. Great minutia and history. Hope you find a single chairlift chair somewhere. Good luck. I am interested in one of the Pali chairs, when you replace that lift. I have a nice spot for it under my deck as a swing.

Kudos for the improvements to the base area. The new retail space is a great improvement and the new cement ramp down to the plaza is a nice upgrade.

I have two days in on the slope so far, hoping for a change in our weather pattern soon.
Cheers!
Jon Barr

Anonymous said...

I bet he would sell 5 a day if he sat out in the parking lot with them. No bums like you want one because you're too broke to afford one! Go back to Denver!

Anonymous said...

It's funny how the people in the mountains pretend their lives and communities don't depend on Denver tourism dollars...

Anonymous said...

The smart ones realize that visitors pay our wages. Whether from Denver, out of state, or another country.

Anonymous said...

Build it and they will come... #interstate70
Take away I-70 running up the mountains and everyone is just as broke as old town Idaho Springs...

Anonymous said...

The smart ones don't work for wages. They own their own businesses (online) that don't depend on I-70, snow, tourists, etc. I'm happy making $500+/day in a few hours at home then spending the rest of the day in the mountains.

The mountain towns don't depend on Denver. In fact most people from Denver spend far less per day than people who fly in from Texas, abroad, etc. The best thing for Summit County would be to put a toll on I-70 at $40 per car. Day visitors from Denver often bring their own beers and lunch. They don't spend money on hotels, van transportation, airlines, nor 3 meals a day plus drinks. The average out of state tourists spend over $1500 each week. An average Denver day skier spends under $100/week mostly on gas at Denver gas stations. That doesn't help the Summit County economy at all. You are your bros hanging out in the parking lot doesn't help the economy of Summit County either.

Denver tourism dollars have nothing to do with Summit County. No one who flies into DIA to go skiing stops in Denver. It doesn't take a PHD in Economics to figure that out. Most people who live in Summit County are fairly well off. They don't work for minimum wage at the resort despite your die hard ski bum dreams. Most workers come here for a year or two and rack of thousands in credit card debt to live this lifestyle. It's not a career for 95% of ski area workers.

Most intelligent skiers are taking 285 nowadays instead of I-70. If 70 closed for the next 6 months it wouldn't make much difference except everyone who lives here would love it! Less traffic! The tourists are still coming by van from DIA. Sorry to spoil your dooms day prepper end of the world scenario but I-70 is only one of several highways into the county. People drive here from all over the country. Not all of them take I-70. Day visitors come from Kremmling, Fairplay, Alma, Minturn, Leadville and all kinds of places not just Denver.

Tom said...

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