Chair 8 – Dodge Ridge, CA

Chair 8 opened a massive expansion at Dodge Ridge in 1998.
View down from tower 19.
Drive bullwheel.
This station design was only used a handful of times by CTEC.
Side view of the drive.
Upper section of the lift line.
The top part of the lift is in the trees, the lower half in a large granite bowl without trees.
Some of the towers are anchored into bedrock as there is no soil.
The bottom terminal with hydraulic tensioning and solar power.
Lower part of the lift line.
First few towers.
A second CTEC operator house is used for ski patrol and storage.
Loading area and operator house.
Garaventa CTEC controls.

3 thoughts on “Chair 8 – Dodge Ridge, CA

  1. Ryan August 16, 2021 / 9:38 pm

    I love that drive terminal design.


  2. Calvin November 12, 2022 / 6:36 pm

    Why is there one white tower?


    • Kirk November 12, 2022 / 7:17 pm

      It is a lightly loaded tower when empty. A black painted tower absorbs the sun like a solar panel. The sun can pull the tower top out of line a few inches. Just like putting heat on one side of a piece of steel and watching it move. The haulrope always wants to go in a straight line. The sun effect can cause misalignment. The light color absorbs less heat and the whole tower stays at a more uniform temperature.


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