Knob – Marmot Basin, AB

Opened in 1976, the Knob chair services the highest point at Marmot Basin.
The lift is tensioned by counterweight.
Side view of the bottom terminal.
Looking up from the base.
The top breakover.
View down the lift line.
Another view of the line.
Looking up the line, which has very wide tower spacing.
View down to the drive terminal.
Another view of the line.
The entire lift seen from Eagle Ridge.
The top station seen from the top of the Paradise and Canadian Rockies Express lifts.
The bottom station seen from above.
Leaving the drive.
View back down the line.
Riding up.
An early model Doppelmayr tower with added lifting frame.
The top breakover.
Top terminal unload.

16 thoughts on “Knob – Marmot Basin, AB

  1. Collin Parsons March 28, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    I don’t think these are the original chairs. Doppelmayr lifts built in the 70’s should have center pole chairs. Question is where these 80’s style chairs came from.


    • snowbasinlocal12894 March 30, 2019 / 9:03 am

      Snowbird has some center pole chairs from the 80s. I think it was resort choice on what type of chair. Im glad snowbird got center poles. The older model doppelmayr bail chairs are ugly to me.


    • Somebody May 1, 2020 / 12:23 pm

      Solitude chair at Squaw valley is from the same year and has bail triple chairs.


  2. PRONTOjpe April 4, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    Do you know why one of the signs says leave every third chair empty? There’s no midstation or anything so what’s the point?


    • Greg October 12, 2019 / 8:44 am

      It’s a preventive measure, a few years back, the chair was fully loaded, high winds and lots of sag between towers. A little girl fell off, she wasn’t injured, but as I understand it, they are just taking it easy on the old machine.


      • L March 3, 2020 / 9:35 pm

        why wouldnt they just adjust the chair spacing at the next grip servicing interval? seems like it would be a pain for the liftie to hold the line back 1/3 of the time, and less chairs to catch wind and get weathered


        • pbropetech July 15, 2020 / 12:26 pm

          The braking and drive parameters are designed for the amount of carriers it has now. If they took a third off, they’d need to reengineer the lift.


    • Peter Landsman March 7, 2020 / 11:22 am


  3. Chris March 7, 2020 / 2:51 pm

    I’ve never seen this tower style on Doppelmayr lifts in Europe, but it looks exactly like the Nippon Cable (which is under Doppelmayr license) double chairs in Japan.


  4. Doug May 1, 2020 / 9:28 am

    This chair is over due for replacement. It should be replaced with a HSQ starting by the mid mountain lodge and ending near the peak


    • Billy Bonney July 12, 2020 / 5:48 pm

      Just stop it. Beauty is slow.


    • Donald Reif July 13, 2020 / 1:57 pm

      The most it’s ever going to likely be upgraded to is a triple chairlift.


  5. Ryan October 5, 2020 / 4:30 pm

    My understanding was that Marmot had to complete a caribou and mountain goat study before they could submit a future long range plan that would include a replacement of the Knob Chair. What has happened to the submittal and approval of this long range plan?


  6. James October 8, 2020 / 9:35 pm

    Jasper really needs to develop there long range plan there was an article somewhere about jasper losing money or something compared to other mountains. I think the lack of expansion is definitely affecting marmot.


  7. Ryan October 5, 2022 / 1:49 pm

    Does anyone have any information of what is happening behind the scenes in terms of the Knob Chair Replacement? From what I was able to dig up from the Marmot Basin Ski Area Site Guidelines for Development and Use, the proposed chair would run from the base of the Eagle Ridge Lift to the peak. It mentions that a long range plan and an impact assessment would be necessary prior to construction. The link to this can be found at


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