Vista Cruiser #1 – Mt. Spokane, WA

This terminal dates back to 1956.
Loading area.
View up the lift line with old-school tapered Riblet towers.
This top vault drive appears not to be the original one.
The original drive was probably located further uphill.
Looking down the lift line.
Lower section of the line.
Upper lift line.
First few towers.
Bottom bullwheel with counterweight tensioning.

7 thoughts on “Vista Cruiser #1 – Mt. Spokane, WA

  1. Ryan March 9, 2019 / 8:07 pm

    What a beautiful lift.


  2. Skier o' the Steeps June 24, 2019 / 1:00 am

    How many Riblets are left that still have that tapered tower design?


    • Donald Reif June 24, 2019 / 2:23 pm

      Segundo at Telluride has one tapered Riblet tower (the rest being Heron lattice towers).

      So does June Mountain’s J1 and J3 lifts.


  3. Carson June 24, 2019 / 7:47 am

    There is one at white pass


    • Skier o’ the Steeps June 27, 2019 / 12:09 pm

      Are you talking about Pigtail 2? I think that one has all straight towers.


  4. Raj Thorp February 26, 2020 / 10:15 pm

    This is the oldest lift by Riblet still in operation correct? Seventh Heaven at Stevens Pass is also pretty old but still four years newer than this


    • Vintage Chairlifts March 7, 2020 / 12:54 am

      You might be right. As far as I’m aware, this is the last of the pre-1957 Riblet generation.

      After this, I believe it goes:

      Summit – Kelly Canyon, ID (1957)
      Pigtail II – White Pass, WA (1958)
      7th Heaven – Stevens Pass, WA (1960)
      J1 – June Mountain, CA (1960)

      Though I may be missing some in there.


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