Grafton SkyTour – Aerie’s, IL

This pulse gondola came used from Glenwood Caverns, Colorado.
The bottom terminal is a Leitner-Poma Alpha model.
Drive-tension station.
There are also chairs on the line.
CWA Omega III 6 cabins.
SkyTrans Manufacturing did the relocation and modifications.
The inside of a cabin.
View up from the loading area.
Drive bullwheel and brakes.
Leaving the bottom station.
There are large gaps before and each pulse of cabins.
60 chairs are split into groups of 15.
Tower 11 without catwalks from Glenwood removed.
Passing a pulse of cabins.
The chairs are modified Doppelmayr triple chairs.
Tower 13.
The top terminal.
Return bullwheel and guidage.
Tower 15.
Cabins passing tower 13.
View from the summit with the Mississippi River in the background.
Unlike at Glenwood the cabins here are not level walk in.
Side view of the Omegas.
View down at T12.
There are no combination assemblies on this lift.
Upper part of the lift line.
Towers 1-3.
Looking up from the parking lot.
Cabins 55-57.
Towers 5 and 6.
Cabins passing a third of the way up.
Upper section of the lift line.
Middle part of the line.
Two different tower configurations.
View down at T10.
Cabins 37 through 39.
Tower 11.
Lift overview.
Because the cabins are no longer level walk-in, casters were added to the bottoms.
Gondolas leaving the top terminal.
Upper station adjacent to a winery and gift shop.
Leitner-Poma hangers and CWA cabins.
Towers 9 and 10.
Lower half of the lift line.
Side view of a gondola.
Note the high water line on the tower from the Mississippi flooding.
Tower 1 and the lower station.
Loading area.
View up at T1.
Side view of the drive.
Because these chairs were not originally designed for use with this lift, SkyTrans fabricated new hangers and tacos.

11 thoughts on “Grafton SkyTour – Aerie’s, IL

  1. Kaden K November 23, 2019 / 10:12 pm

    Those are some giant hangers on those chairs!


  2. reaperskier November 24, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    Where did the chairs come from?


  3. skiz December 5, 2019 / 12:57 pm

    no offense, but this lift seems like a bit of a disaster

    Liked by 1 person

    • AirbusA380DIA December 5, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      I can see where you’re coming from.


  4. vons3 January 22, 2020 / 12:36 pm

    The only bits from Glenwood are the terminals, rope, gondolas with their hangers and grips and a few sheave assemblies, the rest of the lift was built by Skytrans with some components (sheave assemblies maybe som towerheads) from LPOA, but yeah, looks like a hot mess to me.


  5. Joe Blake June 19, 2020 / 9:30 pm

    Echoing some of these comments, not all SkyTrans installations are hits. How you can take one if the more æsthetically pleasing carriers (triple Doppelmayr) and make them this weird, I do not understand.


  6. Nahms September 25, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    Does this lift stop to load/unload cabins and the chairs move through the terminal without stopping?


  7. Tyler Baroody November 18, 2020 / 5:54 pm

    “Because these chairs were not originally designed for use with this lift, SkyTrans fabricated new hangers and tacos.” What’s a taco (not the food kind)?


    • Carson November 18, 2020 / 7:55 pm

      From what I understand a “taco” is the part that connects the hanger arm to the chair so basically we’re the number for the chair is


    • Utah Powder Skier November 18, 2020 / 9:07 pm

      I’m pretty sure a taco has to have the rubber material in between the chair’s frame and hanger arm to be considered a taco. I think that the taco is designed to keep the chair from vibrating too much, acting as a dampener to make for a smoother ride.


  8. Skier November 19, 2020 / 10:17 pm

    Definitely a strange looking lift. What’s the point of adding height to towers 13 and 14 and then fabricating those custom sheave trains to drop the sheaves back down??


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