Hemlock – Boyne Mountain, MI

This unique lift utilizes some components from the original chairlifts in Sun Valley.
Bottom station with tensioning.
The lift has been upgraded over time with Riblet and other components.
Drive station building up top.
View down from the summit.
Unloading area and top shack.
Steep upper lift line.
Looking up the face.
Lower towers in the village.

4 thoughts on “Hemlock – Boyne Mountain, MI

  1. afski722 January 31, 2020 / 11:58 pm

    This lift retains parts from the worlds first chairlift originally from Sun Valley installed at Boyne Mountain in 1947. About all thats original is likely some of the structural elements in the upper and lower stations. Heavily modified by Riblet over the years.

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    • Vintage Chairlifts February 9, 2020 / 1:07 am

      Not the world’s first chairlift, though close.

      The first was installed on Proctor Mountain in Sun Valley in 1936, along with another on Dollar Mountain the same year.

      The original Dollar Mountain lift was replaced a few years later by a more advanced single chairlift. This second chairlift is the one that Everett Kircher bought and moved to Boyne in the late 40s.

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      • Mountaineer September 20, 2020 / 4:41 am

        Unfortunately that’s not correct. Three lifts were installed in 1936, two single chairs and a J-bar. The J-bar was moved to Ruud Mtn. a year later and was converted to a chairlift. The first single chair from Dollar was replaced by the second generation from American Steel & Wire. That first lift was sold to Boyne not the second one. The other first chairlift from Proctor Mtn. was relocated to Bald Mtn. to what we today know as Christmas (two single chairs ran in parallel until the one from Proctor was replaced by a Riblet double between 1955 and 1959).

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        • Vintage Chairlifts September 25, 2020 / 10:23 am

          Interesting! The history I’ve been able to track down of Sun Valley is patchy.

          Did you get this info from a book or museum?

          Also, does anyone know what year Boyne has this lift converted to a double?

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