About

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.

118 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.

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    • 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 A few other websites that have information about lifts include skilift.org, chairlift.org (both a bit outdated), as well as remontees-mecaniques.net (in French).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.

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  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)

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  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?

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    • carletongebhardt May 10, 2021 / 1:47 pm

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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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