Basin – White Pass, WA

Looking up from the bottom terminal in the summer.
Tower 13 looking down.
Top bullwheel.
Looking down the heavy side.
Looking towards the top.
Top return.
Bottom station in winter.
Looking down Basin.

5 thoughts on “Basin – White Pass, WA

  1. pnwrider December 3, 2020 / 6:53 am

    Why’d they switch the rotation on this lift?


    • Vintage Chairlifts December 3, 2020 / 10:59 pm

      So they could get a steeper unloading ramp.

      You didn’t build up a ton of speed on the original ramp, which wouldn’t have been a problem if the lift was a high speed quad like originally planned. However, as a fixed grip that unloaded right on the bullwheel there was always the possibility of getting sideswiped by the chair.

      It was more of a problem for beginners, but it was still a pretty low margin for error. Even as an expert skier, it seemed like you only just got off in the nick of time. I think they had to start running the chair slower because of that.

      I can vouch that the new ramp is much easier, and the lift seemed to be running a bit faster this past weekend.


      • pnwrider December 6, 2020 / 11:58 pm

        That makes sense! Now that I think back on it, I have definitely been bumped a few times by the chairs when unloading, and I remember pushing off from the chair as fast as I could to avoid that.

        I also remember that the lift ran very slow too, everyone seems to universally agree on that, so that’s nice that it’s running a bit faster these days with the better unload ramp. I knew that the lift definitely didn’t run at design speed originally.


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