Barnstormer – Coffee Mill, MN

This Cosmos double came used from Steamboat and is one of the steepest lifts in the region.
Bottom terminal with tensioning by counterweight.
View up from the base area.
Loading area.
Unique bullwheel design.
This lift has all sorts of half and portal towers.
Mid-station unload for beginners.
Riding up the second part of the line for experts.
Portal tower before the steep section.
View back towards the beginner area.
The chairs on this lift are Heron-Poma.
This is likely the former Christie double at Steamboat.
Breakover towers.
Nearing the summit.
unloading area and operator house.
Drive bullwheel.
Lower lift line.
View up just below the mid.

4 thoughts on “Barnstormer – Coffee Mill, MN

  1. Connor February 14, 2020 / 8:54 am

    Is this the only cosmos lift in existance?


    • skier72 February 14, 2020 / 2:34 pm

      Well, it is now. There were only 2 Cosmos lifts built, one at Steamboat, and one at Mohawk Mountain, CT (Nutmeg Double). The Nutmeg double was replaced with Partek chairs but had a Cosmos top drive. The lift was replaced in 2010. Here’s a picture.

      This lift was the old Christie Lift from Steamboat, and there are a few photos of it in it’s original location. The Heron-Poma chairs were added during it’s move to Coffee Mill.

      As to the history of Cosmos, I found this interesting tidbit on a thread about Cosmos.
      “We’ve been to Cowelco a few weeks ago talking to the owners about Cosmos. There is nothing left of any documents, contracts, etc. and they can hardly remember what happened back then. Some businessmen from Switzerland were visiting the company one day asking if they can do the steel work (towers, sheaves, etc.) for chair lifts. Their business was licensed under Cosmos, Long Beach, and not related to Cowelco. After Cowelco did the parts for the first two chair lifts, Cosmos was struggling to pay the bills and they stopped the cooperation.”

      Taken from this:


      • Snow Boys February 14, 2020 / 4:00 pm

        Is that the original Christie peak at steamboat because that lift appeared to have Yan type D grips.


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