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

I started skiing at age four at Crystal Mountain near Seattle. From the very beginning I was as interested in the ride up as the sliding down.  When I first heard about the internet around 1997, the website I tried before any other was doppelmayr.com.  After high school, I attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, earning a B.A. in Government in 2012.  While there, I made sure to ski every operating area in Maine and New Hampshire.  After graduation, I headed west to Wyoming to work in the lift operations department at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  I ski 130+ days a year and you can find me this winter supervising the Sweetwater Gondola team.  You can reach me at Peter@liftblog.com.

-Peter Landsman

Disclosure: while I am an employee of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, this blog is a hobby and all opinions expressed are my own.


49 thoughts on “About

  1. Bill Wolfe January 11, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Nice website Peter. Congrats on the job at Jackson Hole.

    – Bill Wolfe (back from the dead)


  2. Morgan January 25, 2016 / 5:11 am

    You should link up with @funimag.Lots of interesting railways,many funicular,lots of Cableways.Spread the info.


  3. Ryan December 1, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Peter- Great website. Really enjoy it. Just a quick correction, Snowbain Utah, you got the info for Middle Bowl & Wildcat switched around. Wildcat was put in back in 73/74 as a Thiokol Triple and Middle Bowl is a CTEC Triple was put in back in in 79. Pretty much the same lift as the 73/74 Thiokol, with a CTEC Badge :)


    • snowbasinlocal12894 August 9, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      There is a difference between the chairs from a early model triple CTEC and Thiokol. its the side poles on the sides of each chair. Wildcat (Old triple) have cylinder poles and Middle bowl’s are square. There is also a Garventa CTEC badge in the bottom lift shack of middle bowl.


  4. Jared A. D. Harlow December 7, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Hey, I love the blog a ton! I’m currently a lift operator on Okemo Mountain in Vermont working my way into a lift mechanic position. I want to get you some pictures to fill out all the lifts on Okemo if you’d like.


  5. Karen Gill May 15, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Peter, It’s a small world – I use to live in Teton Village and my husband worked on the montain. Any chance you can add ski areas for sale on your blog? I just listed Blacktail Mountain in Lakeside MT….awesome 3 lift & 1 handle tow, fun area people love to come back too. Am trying to get the work out! My email is karen@landstar-mt.com. Thank you!


  6. Ethan July 5, 2017 / 9:00 am

    Hi Peter,

    Great website and find myself coming here often. Do you have a spreadsheet file of all lifts in NA that you would be willing to share? I am contemplating building one with the data on your site but am wondering if that work has already been done. It something I would often find useful.


    • Peter Landsman July 5, 2017 / 9:32 am

      Hey Ethan, thanks for the compliments. I do have a centralized spreadsheet of every lift in North America – around 5,000. I have contemplated putting it online but Google Sheets doesn’t do the sorting, filtering and searching as well as Excel. I’m open to ideas though.


  7. Adam July 25, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Hi Peter, Just wanted to say that I am loving your website. Thanks for keeping us in the loop with regards to all things lift-related.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Jamie October 12, 2017 / 8:50 am

    How about European lifts.


  9. Doug Fuller October 20, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    Peter, Great post on Blizzard Mountain. Skied there 1st day of operation in 2016. keep up the good work.


  10. ullrprovides November 19, 2017 / 7:50 am

    I’ll send you an email with some pics of new Montezuma lift in Keystone.


    • Peter Landsman November 19, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Thanks! I will get down to Colorado sometime this winter to get pictures of all the new additions. Six detachables this year!


  11. erik w January 27, 2018 / 7:13 am

    Peter – thanks what seems like a great site but none of the data is populating…google database says come back later…any ideas what is happening?


    • Peter Landsman January 27, 2018 / 9:53 am

      A problem between Google and your browser. Not sure why it happens but you aren’t the first one. Try clearing your browser’s cache.


  12. tom March 1, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Do you have an info on the new Zephyr Lift in Winter Park?


  13. Thomas E Elam March 10, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Look for major Beaver Creek investments in 2019-2021. Strawberry lift will become a gondola. The Nordic area above Bachelor Gulch will be converted to a beginner/intermediate area served by 2 or 3 high speed lifts. Those permits were approved late 2017. Lodging and food services will be added at the top of Strawberry.


  14. Steve Roebke- Snow Mountain Electric, Inc. March 18, 2018 / 9:05 am

    Enjoying the site! Currently on the Ski Patrol at Lost Trail, my real job is an electrical contractor. Wired some lifts (Yan conversions) when we lived in S. Lake Tahoe and recently rewired a lift at Lost Trail.


  15. Teddy Hubbell June 10, 2018 / 6:20 am

    Peter, you should really have a page where you post all of the updates you have made within the database. Great site!


  16. Nikolay August 7, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    Hi Peter,

    I recently moved to VA from CO and wanted to explore your entries on the VA lifts. It appears that all three links are broken. Is it possible to fix them? Thanks!


    • Peter Landsman August 7, 2018 / 12:54 pm

      Hi Nikolay, All the links are working fine for me. Try clearing your browser’s cache if you are getting a Google Docs error.


      • Nikolay August 7, 2018 / 2:08 pm

        Yup, that worked. Thanks!


  17. Tom Rider August 29, 2018 / 7:22 am

    Great resource, Peter. Just read for the first time. Any plans to add the Midwest? More than 10% of annual skier visits in US take place in Midwest.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Bennett Dugas November 6, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Peter, when do you think you’ll be able to add Tennessee? I don’t live there, but I’ve heard of a few lifts there


      • Duncan November 8, 2018 / 7:54 am

        Not particularly interesting, but do you plan to stop by NC as well? Not too many interesting lifts, but if memory serves, there’s a chondola, and the mountains have quite a few chairlifts at fair-style things. (Tweetsie comes to mind)


        • Peter Landsman November 8, 2018 / 7:56 am

          All lifts are interesting and they are all on my list.


  19. Gav November 21, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Hey Peter, I love your blog. I’m still in high school and am very interested in lifts, especially surface ones. Any chance of stopping by mt Washington soon?


  20. Bennett Dugas December 11, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    I think a Lift blog Discord server would be a great addition to the blog community.

    Liked by 1 person

    • snowbasinlocal12894 April 24, 2019 / 6:41 pm

      I agree. Discord servers are a little hard to set up. I do own one. The thing is discord is primary used for gaming. But nobody said you couldn’t.


    • Somebody April 24, 2019 / 7:42 pm

      Completely agree now that skilifts.org is dead.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Cameron Halmrast September 26, 2019 / 8:49 am

        That’s what happens when you get locked out. RIP Skilifts.org.


  21. Jon December 28, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Nice site. Ever think of adding terminal elevations to your data?

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Gordon Potts January 5, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    Very Nice but can you add West Virginia Snowshoe is the best but Canaan, Timberline and Winterplace are fine offerings.


  23. Leo Pichler February 27, 2019 / 3:45 am

    Great Blog Peter!
    I work at Doppelmayr Wolfurt (in Austria) and just wanted to tell you, how awesome ur blog is. Sometimes it surprises me, how early you know/post About certain projects! :) We once met irl, at the Jackson Hole Mt Resort. Back then you told me about your blog online and how youre fascinated by lifts. At that time i would’ve never expected to see this! A well informed, passionate and entertaining platform to enjoy lifts. Keep up the great stuff, Peter!



  24. snowbasinlocal12894 March 10, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    Is there a way to delete your own comments if you have your own wordpress account?


  25. lordbashington March 30, 2019 / 11:35 am

    I thoroughly enjoy this website. It is very informative. Thanks for all the hard work! Keep it up!


  26. Colorado_Local April 15, 2019 / 9:46 am

    Hey Peter do you think you can make a wall were we can just chat?

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Maxwell September 26, 2019 / 8:28 am

    How’s that iPhone 11 Pro?


  28. Sam Altavilla October 7, 2019 / 10:24 am

    You should consider adding a page with updates/additions you make to any pages on the website with links. Just a suggestion.


    • skiz October 7, 2019 / 10:54 am

      if you go into search and dont type anything in and search it shows latest additions

      Liked by 1 person

  29. Matthew Baumann October 29, 2019 / 11:18 am

    Hi Peter, do you have a list of the tallest towers for open-air lifts as well as the highest they get above the ground?


  30. powderforever45 November 6, 2019 / 8:16 pm

    For some reason you cannot comment on Ontario and Sun Mountain
    Express at Bromley.

    Just another note at Snow Valley-Barrie in Ontario there is a Leitner 6 person fixed grip lift.


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