Bear – Whiteface, NY

The Bear lift services beginner terrain under the Cloudsplitter Gondola.
Loading area and motor room inside a larger building.
View up the lift line.
Depression sheaves.
Looking down the first climb.
Middle part of the lift line.
Look closely and you’ll see the line crosses under the gondola.
Tower 7 and the top bullwheel.
Unloading ramp.
Upper station.
The gondola crossing.

6 thoughts on “Bear – Whiteface, NY

  1. HLthemusical April 26, 2021 / 12:07 pm

    Looks more like a Hall lift


    • ne_skier April 26, 2021 / 12:29 pm

      When VonRoll bought Hall, they initially sold off Hall’s parts stock under the VonRoll name, later modifying Hall designs. So although this lift was sold as VonRoll, there’s a good chance it was made with 100% Hall parts.


  2. Larry Wollum April 30, 2021 / 12:47 pm

    It was technically built by Von Roll-Habegger of America. Various other names were used subsequently, but the product retained basic Hall lineage. Hard to argue their durability when lifts as old as mid-1960’s are still operating.


    • ne_skier April 30, 2021 / 1:02 pm

      Hall and Riblet both tie for the most reliable lifts of the 60s and 70s, no doubt. This combined with the fact that a ton of Riblets were installed in the west and a ton of Halls were installed in the east means they are some of the most common lifts of that time period.


      • Utah Powder Skier May 28, 2021 / 2:04 pm

        I disagree that Riblet and Hall tie. It is rare occurrence when a Riblet from the 60s and 70s is scrapped, but many Halls are scrapped every year in the Midwest from that same timeframe. There are a lot more Riblets that have been relocated to other mountains than Halls.


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