Blue – Ober Gatlinburg, TN

This lift parallels the longer scenic double chair.
Riblet drive terminal with tensioning by counterweight.
Loading area and motor room.
The line towers and chairs are SLI.
Bottom station uphill end.
This lift services the alpine slide but only for the sleds. Riders go up the yellow lift.
The top of tower 2.
Lift crossing over the slide.
Upper part of the line.
Tower 4.
Nearing the summit.
Sleds come off a few towers before the summit.
Top station by Riblet.
View down the line.
The last two towers.
Loading area.
Side view of the top bullwheel.
Skiers unload above where alpine slide sleds come off.

7 thoughts on “Blue – Ober Gatlinburg, TN

  1. John Tate October 20, 2020 / 6:30 pm

    The towers and chairs look like riblet parts to me

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    • skier72 October 20, 2020 / 9:17 pm

      No, chairs are definitely SLI. Riblet bail style chairs were more square looking, SLI chairs are very round. The towers “might” be Riblet, but they look more SLI than Riblet. Line gear (sheaves) are definitely SLI. This lift was built during the time where SLI and Riblet were merging, so there were differing lift parts all around. (Take 1A at Aspen Mtn).

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      • Utah Powder Skier October 21, 2020 / 8:19 am

        The grips are also Riblet.

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  2. Tyler Baroody November 23, 2020 / 3:07 pm

    Riblet and SLI merged? When?

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    • Utah Powder Skier November 23, 2020 / 4:45 pm

      I’m pretty sure Riblet bought SLI in 1974. After buying SLI, Riblet made some lifts with SLI towers, chairs, and sheaves with Riblet grips and terminals.

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      • pbropetech November 24, 2020 / 12:05 pm

        That’s a new one. Riblet definitely retrofitted SLIs with their clips, as the original Schneider grips were prone to cracking, but I’ve never heard anything about Riblet buying the entire company.

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