Copper Hoist – Mont Ripley, MI

This lift came used to Mont Ripley, the ski area operated by Michigan Tech University.
Lift overview.
Riblet drive-tension terminal.
The first of two big breakovers.
Middle part of the lift line.
Summit breakover.
Unloading area.
Some of the towers have lifting frames, some don’t.
View down the line.
Breakover towers.
Lower lift line.

5 thoughts on “Copper Hoist – Mont Ripley, MI

  1. Ryan May 15, 2021 / 10:08 pm

    Great job by Superior Tramway. This is one of the best relocated/cannibalized Ribbies I’ve seen.


    • pbropetech May 16, 2021 / 8:32 am

      Riblet. I’ve never heard them referred to as ‘ribbie’ except by people on this site.


  2. Detroit Skier September 22, 2021 / 10:52 pm

    A couple of sources have referenced that the chair was purchased in 2006 from “Big Bear” resort in California and installed in 2007. After extensive research, I don’t show any of the Big Bear Lake area resorts dropping a Riblet double in the few years prior to 2006-2007. However, Bear VALLEY removed the Hibernation lift in 2006. That lift possibly used the center pole carriers (a lot of the CA resorts seemed to use those). It was installed in 1976, at which time Riblet was using the overhead bottom drive stations instead of vault drives. This hypothesis has several assumptions that I cannot back up with photos. Can anyone confirm?

    Also, on a separate note, when a relocation is done, are new towers constructed to best fit the terrain and make an efficient lift, or do the towers get moved to the new location and installed depending on how many the new location needs? If it’s the latter, are the towers kept at the original heights, or are they trimmed as needed? Just curious as to how relocations generally are done.


    • Detroit Skier September 22, 2021 / 10:53 pm

      And that copper color on the towers is AMAZING!


    • pbropetech September 23, 2021 / 8:58 am

      It’s a mix of both. The original towers can be reused, and can be either extended or shortened depending upon needs. New towers may be sourced if there weren’t enough from the original installation or if any were unusable to to damage or wear.


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