Chair 5 – Otsego, MI

Miner-Denver built only two triple chairs and this is the only remaining one.
Towers along the lift line.
Upper lift line.
Arriving up top.
Fixed drive station.
Vault drive.
View from the summit.
Compression assemblies.
Looking down the lower line.
Unique bottom terminal design.
Lift overview.
Tension carriage.

4 thoughts on “Chair 5 – Otsego, MI

  1. reaperskier February 1, 2020 / 9:17 pm

    Where was the other miner denver triple chair located?


  2. vons3 February 4, 2020 / 7:31 pm

    The old Burgess Creek double at steamboat had this same return terminal. Anyone know the history of Miner-Denver? because Miner-Denver & Telecar seem to be the same company.


    • skier72 February 4, 2020 / 10:52 pm

      Miner-Denver was a small aerial lift manufacturer located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1967, the company closed only 3 years later in 1970, although it managed to install 17 lifts in North America at ski resorts like Steamboat, A-Basin and Squaw Valley.

      It’s currently unknown why Miner-Denver closed so quickly, but some speculation has to due with the death or health of the head engineer of the company or Miner-Denver owed Cutler-Hammer a lot of money. After one of those incidents took place, Miner-Denver was purchased by Cutler-Hammer; a large electrical conglomerate, shortly after it was founded.

      One thing that’s known is that Miner-Denver’s lifts were rather cheap to purchase. However, many of the Miner-Denver lifts that are still in operation have been retrofitted by other lift manufacturers, consisting of drive, carrier and grip replacement.


      • Chairlift World January 8, 2023 / 6:42 pm

        One such lift (only reusing the towers)

        (ya might wanna skip to beginning on this)


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