4 – Buck Hill, MN

This first quad at Buck Hill opened in 1978.
Side view of the drive terminal.
Loading area.
Counterweight tensioning.
The bottom got a new Doppelmayr CTEC operator house in the 2000s.
Depress sheaves.
View up the lift line.
Looking down line.
Breakover towers.
Unloading zone.
View down the lift.
Hall sheaves.
Top bullwheel.
Hold down assemblies on T3.

10 thoughts on “4 – Buck Hill, MN

  1. Charlie January 17, 2023 / 8:13 pm

    From what I’ve heard this lifts days might be numbered


    • Lutsen_skier March 25, 2023 / 1:11 pm

      Where have you heard this from and why? I have been stuck on this lift for more then 30 mins once but i think they could get a few more years out of it though. Happy to see a new lift a Buck for next year though.


      • Charlie March 25, 2023 / 1:29 pm

        Midwest Skiers had a wink wink moment when this lift was mentioned during their Buck Hill Ride Along video.


    • Charlie March 27, 2023 / 4:03 pm

      Buck Hill officially announced a replacement on Facebook this afternoon


  2. RandyM April 1, 2023 / 7:04 am

    Looking at the Facebook video and these chairs it looks like this lift is a triple not a quad.


    • liftnerd April 3, 2023 / 6:21 pm

      It appears so. This was fairly common on Hall quads, the ski area or someone else would make the chair seats and bails one (tiny) seat narrower. I do wonder why it was cheaper to modify the chairs than to replace them.


      • BB17 April 3, 2023 / 6:47 pm

        These chairs definitely seem narrower than typical quad chairs so I see how they might appear to be triple chairs. The exact model of chair on this lift also has only 2 vertical pieces in the backrest (excluding the ones on the sides), which also makes the chairs look more like triples. However, I think they are in fact the original quad chairs. Hall’s quad chairs are characteristically narrow and I’ve seen other Hall quads with this same chair design.


  3. liftnerd April 3, 2023 / 6:23 pm

    Are there any plans to relocate this? It appears from these photos to be in fairly good shape.


    • Charlie April 3, 2023 / 7:08 pm

      They’re selling the chairs so I doubt it


  4. liftnerd April 3, 2023 / 6:24 pm

    Will the operator shacks be kept for the new lift?


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