Kehr’s – Stevens Pass, WA

Bottom vault drive.
Looking back at the base.
Up the lift line.
Looking down the line.
Riblet breakover towers.
Top tension terminal.

22 thoughts on “Kehr’s – Stevens Pass, WA

  1. Andrew June 18, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    I’ve noticed that on this lift and a few other Riblet lifts that I’ve ridden that some of the towers appear to have weights on them. Does anyone know what these are for? Seems to me that they put them on leaning towers more frequently than straight ones.

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  2. Andy June 20, 2018 / 4:32 am

    Many ski hills put pads on the bottom of ski lift towers. Are you sure that you see weights, could it be that the extra wrap around the lift towers (at the tower base) is in fact a tower pad, to give some padding in case a skier hits the tower? Just asking.,


    • Andrew June 20, 2018 / 10:32 am

      It’s not the pad, it appears to be a large metal cylinder connected to a rod attached to the top of the tower. I’ve only seen them on Riblet towers.


      • John October 18, 2018 / 1:11 pm

        It’s a vibration dampener. I can tell you from experience how much those tower caps buzzed. Having the weight attached helped mitigate that, to a point. None of the old Riblets I worked on had them, but I thought from time to time they should have.


  3. AvocadoAndy December 23, 2018 / 12:09 am

    I noticed something the last time I rode up this – There seem to be two different variants of riblet chairs on this lift, there are the ones you see on Brooks and Seventh Heaven with the T-shaped pole on the bottom of the chair, and these odd ones you see in these pictures with the two metal beams and the hole. I’ve noticed on the ones with the hole on the bottom there appears to be a weld about 2/3 of the way up the chair stem. The welds appear to be right where the top of bail would have started, which gave me the idea that these chairs were initially bail chairs but were later modified to the center pole chairs later on. The ones with the T-shaped frame also appear to be in a lot better condition than that of the ones that have the holes in the bottom, which vibrate a lot more and have multiple layers of chipped paint in yellow and white. Anyone know why this is?


    • AvocadoAndy February 19, 2020 / 9:47 pm

      Update: Doesn’t look like any of the parallel beams are there anymore, seems like they all got replaced by ex-Brooks chairs and they’re all Ts now.


    • pbropetech February 20, 2020 / 11:36 am

      Not sure those carriers were ever anything else but centre-pole. I’ve seen that weld before elsewhere- I think Riblet bent the upper portion of the hanger then welded it to whichever lower portion the customer wanted. Could be wrong.


  4. Raj Thorp February 19, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    Design speed of 500 fpm


  5. pbropetech June 19, 2020 / 10:47 am

    Anyone know when/why the name of this lift was changed? As a kid I recall it being Big Chief and having yellow chairs.


  6. Donald Reif January 26, 2021 / 8:30 am



    • Ben March 30, 2021 / 6:20 pm

      Wow, still no “safety” bars!? It seems that the beauty of an original Riblet centre-pole double isn’t lost on even Vail Resorts.

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      • Donald Reif March 30, 2021 / 7:20 pm

        Seventh Heaven is an experts-only lift, and Kehrs only has one blue run off of it.


        • Ben March 31, 2021 / 6:19 am

          Well, that didn’t seem to matter when it came time to refit the Jupiter double at PCMR.


  7. skitheeast October 16, 2021 / 10:57 pm

    This is apparently the next lift at Stevens Pass that will be upgraded. Given that the 2022 slate has already been announced, I would guess 2023 is reasonable. I think it will be a fixed-grip quad.


  8. wjmerriman September 29, 2022 / 10:38 am

    Peter – You should do a post on Top 10 biggest breakovers! This one comes to mind along with 7th Heaven


  9. Candice March 31, 2023 / 7:15 pm

    I would like one of the chairs from Kehr’s. Who would know and how can find out more. Thanks!
    From an avid snowboard bum who has been riding stevens with friends and family for 20+ years.
    I’ve got so many great memories on that chair and run, I would love to donate funds and/or purchase a chair.


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