Friday, October 14, 2016

Single Chairlifts

During the Summer, Fall and Early Winter of 1947, Arapahoe Basin installed two single chairlifts. The Lower Lift was located approximately where Black Mountain Express is today. The Upper Lift was located approximately where Norway Lift is today. These old pictures are so fun. I do not know where this old equipment ended up after it was removed from A-Basin. I would love to get my hands on one of the single chairs and hang it in the A-Frame. If you happen to know where I could find one of these chairs or one similar to the originals, please let me know. Thanks.





15 comments:

mallthus said...

I grew up in Southern California, skiing the local mountains there. One hill, Kratka Ridge, ran a single chair before closing at the end of the 2000-2001 season. It was like going back in time. In a lot of ways, A-Basin reminds me a lot of Kratka, with friendly people, technical terrain, great views, and on mountain food that's both tasty and affordable.

Anonymous said...

Great pics of the greatest generation.

Anonymous said...

Any idea what a day pass cost back then?

Anonymous said...

Check with Mad River Glen Ski Area in Vermont. They still have the single chair lift and might know where they can get replacements(originals not duplicates made today) if they ever needed. They also might know where some graveyards are located for single chairs.

Anonymous said...

Al, contact Eric Friedman at Mad River Glen.
http://www.madriverglen.com/contact/send-a-message#email

Snow Angela said...

(Ski it if you can)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the historical photos and stories. Thank you so much for sharing and please keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

The professor in the last picture looks different.

PowderBud said...

I love hearing (reading) stories like that. Never skied Kratka but remember reading their brochure when I lived out there.

I skied in Austria & Germany in the 80's when I was in the Army. They had single chairs at a few resorts. It felt nostalgic to me. It was a fun ride!

BT01 said...

Alan Try contacting the Management at Gunstock Mtn Resort in Gilford NH they still have a few of their single chairs from the late 40's they may part with one or two!!!

Robert Drueckhammer said...

The single chair is still at Kratka but the base terminal was destroyed in a fire several years ago. The resort has been closed since the fire but is currently owned by Mt Waterman Ski Area a few miles away. As the single chairs are still on the line (the line is tied to the first tower to keep it up), I'm pretty sure that Mt Waterman would probably sell or donate one of the single chairs to A-Basin. Give them a call! :)

Anonymous said...

Think of the mad rush when A-Basin sells off the Pali chairs. I'll be in line.

Anonymous said...

I want one too. How much? L Beattie

Anonymous said...









try Stowe vt also

Anonymous said...

Mt Waterman is a cool little hill. I haven't skied there since they've hardly opened the last 5 years, but it's got an Abasin vibe for sure. Family owned, tiny parking lot on the side of Angeles Crest Hwy, no snowmaking at all, and serious steeps.