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Fresh Tracks for the Tram

Fresh Tracks for the Tram

  In my second winter season at Snowbird I became a tram operator working under the legendary tram and cable guru Bob Ficker. A year later having moved into lift maintenance, I recall a conversation about an upcoming cable replacement job on one of the lifts, and I asked Bob about the Tram track cables […]

A Tale of Two Ridges: Wasatch Alpine Classics

A Tale of Two Ridges: Wasatch Alpine Classics

  Everest, Denali, Rainier, the Grand Teton…Utah has none of these. The Wasatch is not known for alpine climbing. The Alps have Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn and dozens of others. Even Colorado, Californiaʼs Sierras and Washingtonʼs Cascades boast better alpine routes. But there are two user-friendly classics here, and they are actually pretty awesome in […]

The Science of Chairlifts

The Science of Chairlifts

Skiing has come a long way since the world’s first chairlift debuted in 1936 in Sun Valley. Developed by an engineer, the one-chair lift was inspired by the design of a conveyor belt that was originally built to efficiently load bananas onto cargo ships. With a few modifications to the banana hooks (replaced with seats) […]