Chair 4 – Silver Mountain, ID

Approaching the mid-load station.
Looking down the lower section of the lift line.
Bottom vault drive terminal.
Top unload.
Mid-load station.
Looking down the upper lift line.
Lift line near the summit.
Breakover towers.
Top tension bullwheel.
Special carrier for ski patrol sleds.
Midway load station.

12 thoughts on “Chair 4 – Silver Mountain, ID

  1. Spencer Meyer September 19, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Did Riblet use the same tower/sheave design for all of its installations? Seems crazy to have a breakover feature that many towers. I’ve seen that on most of the Riblet chairs I’ve come across. I guess it would make manufacturing simpler.


    • Donald Reif June 24, 2019 / 2:37 pm

      At least 13 of the 38 towers are just for the breakovers.


    • Michael September 22, 2019 / 9:17 pm

      Up until about 1990 Riblet did not make a support sheave assembly that had more than 4 sheaves. So if the break over required 24 sheaves, they had to use 6 towers (6×4) where the other manufacturers would only use 3 (3×8).


      • Donald Reif September 23, 2019 / 11:57 am

        Actually, make that the early 1980s. As evidenced by the fact that Breckenridge’s Lift E (built in 1982) has sheave assemblies of 8 to 12 sheaves on the uphill side of its towers.


        • Skier o’ the Steeps November 18, 2019 / 5:40 pm

          Yeah, also Chair 4 at White Pass.


        • pbropetech January 21, 2020 / 11:16 am

          Those were most likely retrofits. I recall skiing that lift many years ago and they didn’t have them then.


  2. Cameron Halmrast September 19, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    95% of them did. Riblet did experiment with a few different designs and those can be seen on the the Triple at Cuchara, Colorado, Peak 2 at Willamette Pass, Oregon and Naked Lady at Aspen Snowmass.


    • Benjamin Eminger September 22, 2019 / 6:08 pm

      Bruin Lift at Iron Mountain CA has the same design as Peak 2 at Willamette Pass, but Iron Mountain has been defunct since 1995, but all the lifts are still there.


  3. Donald Reif September 23, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    If a high speed quad replaced this, it would have to have a 90 degree load and run counterclockwise with the space limitations of that loading area.


    • powderforever45 January 21, 2020 / 6:38 am

      I think this would be the most likely to be upgraded to a HSQ because of length.


      • Donald Reif January 21, 2020 / 7:25 am

        This lift and Lift 2 seem to both look like suitable candidates for high speed quad upgrades.


        • che guevara January 21, 2020 / 3:21 pm

          I don’t think they have either the skier visit base or another revenue source to make a HSQ feasible. I think Silver struggles to maintain what they have now. The Spokane/Coeur d’Alene market “suffers” from ski resort over-capacity what with Mt. Spo, 49 North, Red Mtn, Schweitzer, Lookout and Silver all within a 2 hour drive time. If only Seattle had that problem their parking issues would be solved. But for the inland NW, there are bound to be some winners and losers given that 6 ski resorts serve a market one-quarter the size of the Seattle metro area. Schweitzer can afford anything, Lookout, Mt. Spo, 49 and Red can afford a mix of used and/or the occasional new lift. Silver gets the table scraps. It’s a shame since they all have great skiing.


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