Chairlift – Turner Mountain, MT

This lift replaced an old wooden-built T-Bar in 2001 using parts from Stevens Pass and other areas in the Northwest.
The bottom terminal has the drive and hydraulic tensioning.
In this photo, the lift is rigged for a splice.
Ford auxiliary. The lift normally runs on electric power from a nearby generator.
Motor room.
Mid-station offload.
View down from midway.
The line follows the same path the T-Bar did.
Another view towards the base.
Middle section of the lift line.
View down at tower 20.
The lift line is just over 5000 feet.
Upper part of the line.
Line overview.
Breakover towers.
Return station controls.
Towers 29-31.
Fixed return bullwheel up top.
Summit overview.
Bottom station and towers 1-2.
Line seen from the road to Turner.

12 thoughts on “Chairlift – Turner Mountain, MT

  1. julestheshiba January 28, 2020 / 11:05 pm

    That little 4 cylinder Ford does not look like enough to power this lift in an emergency. It looks like it came out of a Pinto!


    • Tyler February 11, 2020 / 1:35 am

      Most likely an industrial 4 cylinder hooked up to an new process 435 transmission that came from f150-f350 trucks. Known as the three speed with a granny. Low gear should power it effortlessly.


      • julestheshiba January 29, 2021 / 10:38 pm

        plus it looks like a ford lima engine, you know the one from the pinto.


        • Joe Blake October 5, 2021 / 10:28 am

          I prefer red myself. Throw in some rice, add some bacon grease, can a diced tomayto, pinch or two a salt, many chiles, and some spicy sausage? Now were cookin’.


    • buzz February 17, 2021 / 8:15 am

      That is a Ford “Big Six” either a 240 or a 300, likely the latter.


    • Utah Powder Skier February 5, 2021 / 1:28 pm

      It’s probably to help lifties identify the last chair. The numbers aren’t very big and would be very hard to see on the chair. You can’t miss a red and white chair on this lift.


      • skier72 March 10, 2021 / 7:34 pm

        I think it’s a Canadian chair. At the other end of this lift, there is an American chair.


  2. 199412vcummins October 18, 2021 / 8:09 pm

    I want to know how you put that stick transmission into gear. Is it so low of a gear that you just shift it without a clutch?


    • pbropetech October 19, 2021 / 8:16 am

      The clutch lever is on the viewer’s left in the photo. It’s super tall with a sling to grab on. Must be a pretty stiff clutch!


      • 199412vcummins October 19, 2021 / 6:03 pm

        Oh i didnt notice the (clutch) lever went inside of the bellhousing. Im guessing the clutch lever is spring loaded? Maybe the sling is used to tie up the clutch lever so it locks up with the flywheel?


        • pbropetech October 22, 2021 / 3:55 pm

          The clutch is held by a spring inside the housing, and those can be pretty stout.The lever is for releasing it, not engaging it.


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