Chair 8 – Alpine Valley, MI

This late model Riblet utilizes older chairs and towers.
Loading area.
Interestingly, the tower tubes appear to be off from the center line of the lift. The crossarms are wider on the heavy side.
Quad chair with double clips.
View down the lift line.
Breakover towers.
Unloading ramp.
Return bullwheel and guidage.
View down from the summit.
Lower lift line.
Top station.

3 thoughts on “Chair 8 – Alpine Valley, MI

  1. Nahms January 11, 2021 / 2:16 pm

    I wonder what the mystery behind those cross arms is

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    • chasehausman January 11, 2021 / 3:55 pm

      Most likely to have a larger clearance between riders and the tower tube. Many Riblets aren’t designed for any downhill capacity and anyone who does ride down typically doesn’t have skis/boards.

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      • Spartyski January 16, 2021 / 2:01 pm

        All of the Riblet quads with the late 60’s and 70’s tower heads were offset. They use the triple tower heads with an extension on the load side for tower clearance. Riblet quads from this era had towers placed very close together to reduce the loads on the towers. All of the Riblet quads at Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain were this way as well. The Nubs Green chair originally had center pole quad chairs with the same offset towers. When Nubs renovated that lift they put new, centered, tower heads on the existing towers and therefore had to move the drive terminal over slightly and they installed a new tension terminal also moved over slightly to be centered on the towers.

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