Double – Thunder Ridge, NY

Despite being at a small ski area, this double chair is actually quite long and interesting.
Bottom terminal and gearbox.
Portal tower at the load point.
A Borvig early model chair.
Middle station with unloading.
The profile is flat for awhile.
Tower 13.
View back down the line.
Arriving up top.
This looks to be a completely new return terminal by Partek.
View down from the summit.
Side view of the return terminal, which is much larger than the drive.
Skiers have to go around the top terminal to get to the main run.
Upper part of the line.
The first unloading ramp.
Lower part of the line.
Tower 7.
View down.
Tower 4.

6 thoughts on “Double – Thunder Ridge, NY

  1. ne_skier February 10, 2021 / 8:44 pm

    I wonder why they used a Partek drive frame instead of an under-the-bullwheel return. I have to imagine the latter is less space-consuming and cheaper


    • gregsotto February 23, 2021 / 4:23 pm

      This terminal was installed in 2011 to replace the original counterweight terminal. The tension terminal was always up top due to the space limitations in the base area. This is a pic of the old terminal.

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      • gregsotto February 23, 2021 / 4:25 pm


      • julestheshiba March 18, 2021 / 9:59 pm

        it looks almost like they were trying to re-use the old terminal foundations.


        • ne_skier March 19, 2021 / 6:00 am

          Looked at it again and I feel rather dumb now, the reason they had to keep that style of return is that the tensioning had to be up top and not at the base


        • Tijsen March 19, 2021 / 6:44 am

          That wouldn’t have been possible because Borvig back then liked putting their towers and terminal legs right into the concrete instead of having bolt on method used today.


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