Ski lift

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Ski lift can refer to many different types of uphill transport, in three main classes: Aerial lifts: including: Aerial tramways, Funifors, Funitels, Gondola lifts, Telemix, Detachable Chair lifts; Chairlifts, Surface lifts, including: T-bars, J-bars, Platter/Button/Poma lifts, Rope tows & handle tows, Magic carpets, Cable railways, including: Funiculars.


[edit] Ski Area Lift System

The network of lifts at a ski resort can be arranged in several patterns depending on the size and topography of the area. Several lifts may be arranged radially outward from a common base area, with top stations along surrounding peaks and ridges.

Lifts may also run radially inward from several base stations to a common summit area. Ski areas located along the face of a long ridge may simply have numerous lifts running roughly parallel.

High-traffic areas may have two or more lifts in parallel for increased capacity.

A small percentage of ski areas have lifts which cross one another, usually with an aerial lift crossing above a surface lift and more rarely with two aerial lifts crossing at different heights above the ground.

Small ski areas with only a handful of lifts typically follow one of these simple arrangements. Larger ski areas have combinations of these basic patterns, often in a tiered arrangement by elevation.

Lifts run from one or more base areas to various mid-stations, from which other lifts connect to higher terrain.

Very large ski areas with dozens of lifts may have upwards of three or more tiers of lifts between the valley and the highest summits. In such cases, lengthy aerial tramways or gondolas are often used to span across several tiers at once, to allow rapid access to the upper slopes from the base.

[edit] Also See;

[edit] Ski Lift and Ski Resort Gallery

[edit] Ski Lift related links

Ski Lift Makers

  • Leitner Poma []
  • Doppelmayr CTEC
  • CWA
  • Gangloff
  • Partek Skilifts
  • Riblet
  • Magic Carpet Lifts
  • Borer Lift AG
  • Sunkid Conveyor Lifts

Authorities/ Associations

  • Fachverband der Seilbahnen Österreichs (Austrian Association of ropeway Operators) [1]
  • Italian association of ropeway operators
  • National Ski Areas Association, USA
  • OITAF - International Organization for Transportation by Rope
  • Seilbahnen Schweiz - Verband der Schweizer Seilbahnbranche (Swiss Association of Ropeway Operators)
  • SNTF - French association of ropeway operators
  • VDS - Verband deutscher Seilbahnen (German Association of Ropeway Operators)
  • Industry Publications
  • ISR - International Aerial Tramway Review
  • Rivista Professione Montagna

Seilbahn Infoportal

  • SI Seilbahnen International
  • Ski Area Management


  • CWA
  • Lehrstuhl fml - TU München
  • MARTIN - Anlagenbau u. Produktions-GesmbH

Ski areas Worldwide

  • Canadian Ski Council
  • On the snow
  • Resort sports network
  • Ski In
  • Ski Odyssey
  • Skiresort service international
  • Snocountry Mountain reports
  • Snowlink


  • Austrian Travel Network
  • Österreich Werbung (Austrian National Tourist Office)
  • Winter Online

[edit] Reference

  1. Wikipedia Ski Lift [2]
  2. [3]
  3. ChairkiD [4]
  4. Mechanics of Sport [5]

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