British Columbia

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  1. Thomas Payne October 27, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Peter, are you planning to take pictures of Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island, during the #LiftBlogBCRoadTrip? The lifts there seem really interesting. Perhaps you could also visit Mt. Cain, BC and Shames Mountain, BC. Do you have a preliminary BC road trip itinerary?


    • Peter Landsman October 27, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Hi Thomas,
      I’m in Seattle visiting family (that’s where I am from originally) and just went up to Cypress for a day this week. I am hoping to ski and take lift photos this winter at Apex, Big White, Kimberley, Red, Silver Star and Whitewater. There are so many smaller areas in BC that I would love to get to and Mt. Washington is high on that list. I was just looking at their map yesterday and it appears the Green chair and Platter have been removed.


      • Thomas Payne October 27, 2017 / 9:50 pm

        Yeah, the Boomerang Chair is really badass.


      • Andrew November 29, 2017 / 5:14 pm

        Big White posts most of the information you need to fill out the spreadsheet on their website. There are still a couple things you would have to get but it could save you some time.


        • Peter Landsman November 29, 2017 / 8:00 pm

          Better yet, I plan to get to Big White this winter for photos and the spreadsheet. Stay tuned.


  2. Rod November 30, 2017 / 8:43 am

    If you are in that area you ought to visit Mt Baldy, try for a Thursday as it is closed T-W, another throwback area, two fixed grip chairs and the original 1968 daylodge.


  3. Milan February 1, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    If you ever go to Mt Washington, There is 2 more ski resorts on vancouver island. Mt cain is the last Co-Op ski resort left in bc with 2 T-bars. Another ski resort is actually home to 3 abandoned GMD Mueller lifts. 2 T-bars and 1 CP double.


  4. MilanYVR September 17, 2019 / 7:11 am

    Do any of you know if the 2 Expo 86 gondolas were relocated?


  5. gavin January 13, 2020 / 10:06 pm

    Peter you should go to some of the resorts in Northern BC like Purden, Troll, Hudson Bay Mtn, and Murray Ridge


  6. Andy March 17, 2020 / 7:01 pm

    Public Health State of Emergency declared in the Province of British Columbia, which forced the remaining ski areas that had not already closed due to Covid-19, to wind up operations for the season


  7. Andy March 17, 2020 / 7:18 pm

    The remaining ski areas that had not already closed due to Covid-19, have now been forced to wind up their operations for the season due to Public Health State of Emergency being declared in the Province of British Columbia,


  8. Somebody April 26, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    One of the best sites with old BC lift pictures is, lots of pictures from the mid 2000s on there.


  9. milanyvr May 9, 2020 / 11:23 pm

    With BC’s reopening plan, I do believe some resorts can open, despite the late season. High altitude resorts such as Revelstoke, Whitewater, sun peaks, heck even Seymour and Cypress, could open there summit chairs, with social distancing measures, such as one person per chair. Whistler is also another high altitude resort, however, you have to take a gondola, or bus to access the blackcomb glacier, 2 examples of non social distancing.

    On the other hand, I believe none of BC’s lift based summer attractions will open, with Sea to Sky being a posible exception. Grouse and hells gate’s trams have no way of social distancing, unless you have 4 people sitting in the corners. Looking back, i’m surprised grouse stayed open after neighbouring cypress, as when they decided to limit the tram from 101 to 60, a massive line pooled around the parking lot like it was Christmas.


    • Somebody May 10, 2020 / 1:40 pm

      You need to ride the gondola at Revy to get up top.


      • milanyvr May 12, 2020 / 6:22 pm

        Yea but you can limit to families only in the gondola.


  10. jmward December 26, 2020 / 9:18 pm

    Anyone know what model of triple chair they have at Tabor, near Prince George? There are a bunch of photos of it on their Facebook page, and it looks strange. Tapered, boxy, rectangular towers and funky looking chairs. Some kind of von roll? A weird borvig install, unusual for Canada?


      • Jmward December 28, 2020 / 6:22 pm

        Neat, thanks!


    • Myles Svec February 28, 2021 / 9:07 am

      I don’t think Peter would consider those lifts plus they fit in your backpack so they are not really lifts at all.


      • ryan February 28, 2021 / 3:47 pm

        They certainly are lifts by definition “A ski lift is a mechanism for transporting skiers up a hill”. Perhaps not the best blog to discuss this disruptive technology on. Thanks


        • Erik February 28, 2021 / 8:03 pm

          Peter doesn’t typically cover surface lifts like this (rope tows, magic carpets, etc).

          Never seen these before. Looks like a useful tool for sessioning a booter, but I don’t think ski lift companies have much to worry about. Actually that thing looks great for sledding with the kids…


  11. kiroro March 27, 2021 / 4:38 pm

    Hi, When are you doing the cariboo/northern ski resorts?


  12. Myles Svec April 24, 2021 / 7:31 pm

    What is the problem with Valemount Glacier Resort and why has nothing started construction yet? Is financing an issue, getting enough people to go there or permitting issues?


    • liftnerd December 31, 2022 / 3:27 pm

      Some towers remain. According to a YouTube video on lost Canadian ski area, the rest is in storage. Hopefully, this is true. Maybe somebody will put it up.


  13. kiroro October 22, 2022 / 5:01 pm

    For Northern BC and Cariboo, There’s 12 Resorts with Chairlifts and T-Bars in them

    1: Hudson Bay Mountain: 2 Doppelmayr T-Bars and Late Mueller Triple
    2: Shames Mountain: Mueller Double with Borvig Drive and Chairs, (Note the Double Chair before relocation has rare plastic chairs), and a Doppelmayr T-Bar
    3. Powder King: Doppelmayr Triple and Doppelmayr T-Bar
    4. Purden: 2 Mueller Doubles and a T-Bar
    5. Murray Ridge: Long Doppelmayr T-Bar
    6. Tabor Mountain: Skyway Triple (Closed)
    7. Bear Mountain: Doppelmayr T-Bar
    8. Hart Highlands: Doppelmayr Platter
    9. Little Mac: Borer T-Bar
    10: Troll: 4 Doppelmayr T-Bars
    11: Mt Timothy: Mueller Triple and Skyway T-Bar
    12: Clearwater. Doppelmayr T-Bar


    • John October 22, 2022 / 7:00 pm

      Troll is also getting a new t-bar next summer.


    • kiroro October 26, 2022 / 7:18 pm

      To add on to this, Purden’s 2 Mueller Doubles have newer Partek double chairs and the T-Bar is a Mueller


      • skier72 October 26, 2022 / 8:12 pm

        Pretty sure Hart Highlands has 2 Doppelmayr platters


  14. skier72 January 1, 2023 / 1:50 pm

    As Kiroro pointed out, there are 12 operating resorts in BC left. But here are all the abandoned lifts that remain standing (at least partially):

    1. Crystal Mountain: 1 Poma Triple, 1 Mueller Double, 1 Doppelmayr T-Bar – Hasn’t operated since 2014
    2. Kelowna Mountain: 1 Hall Triple, relocated from Sunshine AB
    3. Lac Le Jeune: 1 Mueller T-Bar, closed 1992
    4. Mt. Arrowsmith: 1 Doppelmayr Double in parking lot, 2 Harusch T-Bars partially standing
    5. Mt. Hays: Around 9-10 Mueller Gondola towers remain standing on the mountain
    6. Silver Tip: 1 Doppelmayr T-Bar, hasn’t run since 1990s
    7. Snowpatch: 1 Harusch T-Bar remains relatively intact, though tensioning failed
    8. Tabor: Skyway Triple, Doppelmayr T-Bar, hasn’t run since 2018
    9. 100 Mile House: 1 Harusch T-Bar, towers and haul rope remain


    • kiroro January 1, 2023 / 4:58 pm

      wheres the location of the 100 mile house abandoned Harusch T-Bar?


      • skier72 January 1, 2023 / 7:02 pm

        Here are the coordinates: 51.64144832683906, -121.27516318331925

        Basically, the ski hill was a precursor to Mt. Timothy along with Timberland Ski Hill in Williams Lake. Both hills suffered from low elevation and short seasons. The T-Bar at Timberland was moved to Mt. Timothy (and is still in operation), while the T-Bar at 100 Mile House was left to rot.

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  15. kiroro236 March 22, 2023 / 7:57 pm

    The last remaining resorts yet to be added to database

    1. Bear Mountain: Doppelmayr T-Bar
    2. Mt Timothy: Mueller Triple, Mueller T-Bar, and disused Doppelmayr platter (Installed 2009, 2nd hand from Apex?, yellow towers with towerheads short lift with 5 towers, has tower similar to hart highlands)
    3. Clearwater. Doppelmayr T-Bar


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