Basin – White Pass, WA

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

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    • 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.

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      • 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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