Visiting one of the world’s oldest operating chairlifts in Cordova, Alaska.

Peter Landsman started Lift Blog in 2015 after years of documenting ski lifts around the United States. He learned to ski at age four at Snoqualmie Pass and Crystal Mountain near Seattle. Even at that age, he was as interested in the ride up as much as skiing down.  After high school, he attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, earning a B.A. in Government in 2012.  While there, he made sure to ski as many areas as possible in Maine and New Hampshire.  After graduation, he headed back west to Wyoming to work in the lift operations department at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  He supervises lift crews and skis 130+ days a year, travelling as much as possible to other resorts with interesting lifts.  Feel free to get in touch at Peter@liftblog.com. You can also follow the blog on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Some big pieces for the Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain.
Peter with components for Washington’s first gondola at Crystal Mountain in 2010.


Disclosure: While I am an employee of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, this blog is an independent project. The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of JHMR.

156 thoughts on “About

  1. Susan Smith May 4, 2021 / 3:14 pm

    Does anyone know what a ski lift is and where I can find any information about them? A friend sent me here and told me you guys would provide information about them.


    • BB17 May 4, 2021 / 3:46 pm

      What specific type of information are you looking for? This site mainly has articles covering proposed/planned new lifts, lift accidents, and other lift-related content as well as spreadsheets of lift statistics and photos of lifts in the USA and Canada. A few other websites that have information about lifts include skilift.org, chairlift.org (both a bit outdated), as well as remontees-mecaniques.net (in French).

      As for your question about what lifts are, they are basically mechanical devices that transport people, usually using some sort of circulating rope or cable (also called the “haul rope”). There are many different types of lifts, but the two main categories featured on this site are surface lifts such as T-Bars (where your skis stay on the ground and you are towed uphill) and aerial lifts such as chairlifts, gondolas and aerial trams (where you are lifted off the ground). In addition to skiing-related applications, lifts are also used as rides at zoos or amusement parks and as urban transportation. These lifts are also featured on this site in addition to the lifts at ski areas.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Tyler May 8, 2021 / 9:07 pm

    What was the tip you had about getting the embedded Google Sheets to reappear? I got a new computer and they don’t show up in Chrome (they work in Microsoft Edge)


  3. Randy May 9, 2021 / 12:43 pm

    For past week I can’t bring up information on lifts. I go to the area page and where the list of lifts are posted I get this… ” Google Docs encountered an error. Please try reloading this page, or coming back to it in a few minutes.

    To learn more about the Google Docs editors, please visit our help center.” Is this on my end or an issue with this site?


    • carletongebhardt May 10, 2021 / 1:47 pm

      Yes, I’m also having this issue on multiple devices, but Edge works…


    • carletongebhardt May 10, 2021 / 1:50 pm

      And it’s only the Google Docs for the individual ski resorts, not the embedded ones on the ‘New Lifts’ pages.


    • Peter Landsman May 11, 2021 / 1:16 pm

      I’ve heard others are having the same problem. They all work fine for me on Google Chrome on Windows and iPhone. I didn’t change anything so not sure why they would stop showing up.


      • Randy June 11, 2021 / 5:52 pm

        Found out that I can right click the ski resort I want to visit and hit “open link in incognito window” and it’ll display what I used to see!

        Liked by 2 people

      • carletongebhardt July 9, 2021 / 10:24 am

        As of today, it started working for me again. I’m not sure what changed….

        Liked by 1 person

        • Peter Landsman July 9, 2021 / 10:27 am

          Can anyone else confirm? This has been so frustrating.


        • BB17 July 9, 2021 / 10:50 am

          The Google Sheets seem to be working for me as well (in both incognito and non-incognito windows).

          Liked by 1 person

        • Randy July 9, 2021 / 2:15 pm

          Yes! Working again for me.

          Liked by 1 person

  4. Myles Svec May 20, 2021 / 6:33 pm

    This upcoming ski season is going to be huge since everyone can start traveling again. For example, I already had to make hotel reservations for Steamboat next year in December and almost everything was already sold out. At almost every resort all of December and January will soon be all sold out for hotels, renting out houses, etc.


  5. Myles Svec May 23, 2021 / 7:13 pm

    Peter, have you ever considered adding planned lifts to the spreadsheets? All you would need to put in is the lift name, lift type, and the manufacturer if it is known.


  6. J May 30, 2021 / 10:00 pm

    A tip I have for looking at lift construction and the place does not have web cams is the following:

    If you have Snapchat, go to your snap map and go to the location of the lift construction. If there is an active snap story you can click on there, there is a chance you can see lift construction. It’s a low chance but another way to look at lift construction.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Peter Knauer August 3, 2021 / 5:31 pm

    You need to comment on this. Although employees are not responsible for their employer’s political leanings, sometimes you have to take a stance. I personally would strongly voice my opinion to leadership and if it was not heard, I would resign. This kind of support for such a polarizing figure has no place in the resort industry. It is not good for business. Sometimes doing the right thing is more important than a job. I also will never spend another dollar on JHMR, as much as I love the area and resort.

    – Peter K.


    Liked by 1 person

    • Mr incredible August 3, 2021 / 6:22 pm

      This is surprising that the Kemmerers are taking part. Typically, any business that markets on a retail basis, like a ski resort, stays out of politics irrespective of the political sentiments of the owners. It’s just not good business to potentially piss off half of your customer base. Wyoming is as red as a state can get but I’m sure JHMR tries to lure skiers from wealthy blue areas like California. I don’t get it.


    • ne_skier August 3, 2021 / 6:26 pm

      My guy this is a blog about funny flying chair machines, not politics, if you don’t like political polarization and political divides in society then please ask yourself why you’re squatting in a Jackson Hole employee’s personal blog trying to browbeat him for not affirming your political biases

      Liked by 7 people

    • Somebody August 3, 2021 / 8:15 pm

      > I personally would strongly voice my opinion to leadership and if it was not heard, I would resign.

      Cool, nobody cares.

      Please do go away, I won’t be disappointed to have one less person in the tramline.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Angry Arnold August 3, 2021 / 9:28 pm

      Let’s keep this blog politics free. Please go and complain somewhere else.

      Liked by 4 people

  8. Myles Svec October 9, 2021 / 8:49 pm

    Is it just me or does anyone ever just spam the search button at the top and try to guess which lift appears on the banner page when refreshed?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Domenic H Policaro November 2, 2021 / 12:38 pm

    Yo your missing some of the rope tows in Colorado, specifically Ouray and Durango do you not consider them lifts or what


    • Myles Svec November 2, 2021 / 1:36 pm

      Peter does not consider rope toes as lifts.


      • Domenic H Policaro November 2, 2021 / 3:30 pm

        Thats some bullshit Peter! Some of our slopes are served by rope


        • Michael November 2, 2021 / 8:06 pm

          Feel free to start your own rope site…

          Liked by 3 people

        • Connor S November 3, 2021 / 11:56 am

          I am a rope tow/magic carpet entusiast, but I don’t think that each one deserves a spot on the blog. I mean they are a couple pulleys and a rope, or a motor and a belt. Pretty vastly differant than actual ariel lifts.


    • Ryan November 3, 2021 / 2:41 am

      Most rope tows are not lifts. They are.. tows. Tow tow tow your boat gently up hill..

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Nathan January 3, 2022 / 4:42 pm

    Great blog!


  11. Joshua Redman January 8, 2022 / 12:11 pm

    Amazing blog!


  12. lemongrab January 29, 2022 / 11:59 am

    Great site! Is there anyway to see the full database of all the lifts? Or even just a full list for each state/province?


  13. Myles Svec March 9, 2022 / 4:16 pm

    Does anyone have any info on the winter forecast for 22-23 yet? Hopefully it will be better than this low snow year.


    • Henry T March 9, 2022 / 4:43 pm

      Lake Tahoe area went 43 straight days without snow until mid february, still lots of bare spots at Palisades Tahoe


  14. 9412vcummins March 28, 2022 / 6:41 pm

    I got a suggestion for the website. Have you thought about a dark mode feature, the plain white can be hard on the eyes.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. carletongebhardt June 19, 2022 / 8:29 am

    A suggestion: On the page for a specific lift, include a link back to the page for the resort. Often in the the stories there are links to specific lifts which I click on, but then find myself wanting to go to the resort page to see the other lifts at that location, and then I have to click on ‘Lift Database’, ‘Country’, ‘State’ – and finally the resort. This would make things easier to go back and forth.

    Now, I’m not expecting you immediately do this for all lift pages, but perhaps as they are updated, or new ones added.


  16. Bryan July 1, 2022 / 5:30 pm

    So, did you take all the photos of the lifts. Many are off season, so you must have done a lot of traveling and hiking to get all those!


  17. Ike July 29, 2022 / 10:49 pm

    Great blog, thanks for doing this. Are you following the new Chair 9 in Telluride? Work has begun on replacing the iconic and ancient triple for a detachable quad.


  18. jcartergibb September 7, 2022 / 8:42 pm

    didn’t want to bother you with an email but I think a link to the page for the banner image would be fun, I love seeing the random image but I’d also love to learn more about it. (kind like how they do on https://www.remontees-mecaniques.net/ )

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Brianna Lee October 31, 2022 / 6:52 pm

    Hi Peter,

    Stopping by from Proper Peaks [www.properpeaks.com]. The team just wanted to see say love your content.

    Cheers to another great ski season ahead.

    See you on the slopes,


  20. ShangRei Garrett January 7, 2023 / 9:03 am

    Peter, are you ever planning to head to another continent and get some pictures there? Maybe Australia/New Zealand over North America’s summer?


  21. Mike Griffin March 15, 2023 / 11:01 am

    Peter, Have you ever considered adding a column to your database that identifies which lifts have footrests? Or it maybe simpler to identify which ones do not.

    The reason I ask is I have a friend I ski with frequently who has a knee locked 15 degrees. It is excruciating painful for him to ride chair lifts without some kind of footrest. So far we use the database to look at the pictures lift by lift for the presence or absence of footrests to determine if it is feasible for him to ski a particular area. I have met other people who have similar issues who would appreciate that information.


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