Cold Springs – Sun Valley, ID

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Riblet lift with a Yan drive terminal.
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Looking down the line.
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Outside controls.
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Yan top terminal.
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Bottom tension terminal.
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World’s longest fixed-grip lift terminal.
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Breakover towers.  The line gauge gets wider at each tower leading up to the top terminal.
Tower 12 with concrete footer.
View back down the line.

12 thoughts on “Cold Springs – Sun Valley, ID

  1. Carson September 4, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Does anyone have any pictures of the original top terminal?

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  2. Carson January 31, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    This lift is special to me this was the first riblet I’ve seen and even though the original drive is gone it is still my first riblet I have seen and also is it true that the bottom terminal is the worlds lagest fixed grip terminal

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    • Somebody January 31, 2019 / 7:41 pm

      Huh, this got me thinking, and I don’t think I’ve ever actually ridden a riblet. I’ve seen them, been near them, sat in the chair of one, yet never rode a true Riblet. I have ridden SLIs with riblet clips and line gear, etc, and I have ridden my fair share of wacky yan, borvig, heron-pomas, and stadeli detachables (in europe) over the years, but never a riblet. I even rode the legendary Kumme 1982 high speed Triple in Zermatt, which also was the first detachable my dad ever rode on, almost 40 years ago (it was unfortunately destroyed by an avalanche last season). Yet I’ve never rode a riblet. How ironic.

      Anyways, here’s a picture of what happened to that poor High Speed Triple if anybody was curious:


      • Somebodyelse June 30, 2020 / 8:11 pm

        If you’re going to ride a Riblet for the first time, do it right. Chair 2, Edelweiss, at Alpental on Snoqualmie Pass in Washington State or any older chair on Mt.Spokane, just up the road from where Riblet was manufactured.


        • Joe Blake August 19, 2020 / 10:18 pm

          Chair 2 is possibly the best chair in the entire PNW, but close-close second is 7th Heaven. Another best first Giblet. Chair 1 at Mt Spokane 3rd, Ariel at Mt A 4th. I haven’t ridden new 6 at Crystal, but old 6 was probly 5th, but it was Hall, so not so Northwesty. Old Summit at Bachelor and current Palmer cos a that rad midstation and also it’s rad just by bein there. But that’s off track. Riblets, man, Riblets.


  3. Carson January 31, 2019 / 8:25 pm

    That sucks about the triple that would of been the cool lift to see

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    • Donald Reif June 21, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      From the looks of that, it seems the Yan drive was built around the same time that the line gauge on the upper towers was widened, and they also modified the breakover from four towers to just one.


  4. ski man January 24, 2022 / 5:51 pm

    Here is a video


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