Landslide Damages Nitehawk Chairlift

Photo credit: Johnathan Clarkson

Ground movement has impacted the only chairlift at Nitehawk Adventure Park, a community ski area located in Grande Prairie, Alberta.  Multiple lift towers were caught up when the slide occurred around 3:00 am Tuesday.

Nitehawk staff had been monitoring slow movement this spring and preemptively took chairs and sheave assemblies off the lift.  The ski area had also de-tensioned the Yan triple chair, which first opened in 1994.  The lift started servicing a downhill bike park in 2007.

Photo credit: Johnathan Clarkson

Nitehawk is operated by the nonprofit Grande Prairie Ski Club.  “We’re thankful this event occurred when no one was on location,” said Board Vice President Whitney Wild in a statement. “Our Board of Directors and management are working with geotechnical professionals to determine next steps and possible solutions,” she continued.  “Nitehawk is no stranger to facing and overcoming adversity.  Operating a successful community ski hill in Northern Alberta is no easy feat.  Our resiliency, along with the incredibly supportive community, will help us deal with this new challenge head on.”

8 thoughts on “Landslide Damages Nitehawk Chairlift

  1. litz May 20, 2020 / 1:55 pm

    On the bright side, nothing looks damaged … guess they just have to figure out if they can re-plant the towers …


  2. skier72 May 20, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    I remember a landslide like this happened to a remote BC ski hill called Big Bam in the 1980s. It totally destroyed their Doppelmayr T-Bar, and the ski hill never fully recovered from it.


  3. MilanYVR May 20, 2020 / 3:47 pm

    Im pretty sure thats a late mueller model. Correct me if i’m wrong.


    • skier72 May 20, 2020 / 4:35 pm

      It’s definitely a Yan triple, relocated from somewhere else.


      • Peter Landsman May 20, 2020 / 4:37 pm

        Might be the former Fitzsimmons triple from Whistler Blackcomb.


        • lifty May 21, 2020 / 12:42 pm

          can we get a rip for this poor chairlift


    • skier72 May 21, 2020 / 11:31 am

      It appears their bike park is seriously damaged. They got lucky the landslide didn’t take out the bottom terminal though. I can also see lots of snowmaking pipes sticking out of the ground. It’s going to be a costly fix for them.


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