Little America – Andes Tower Hills, MN

This Riblet quad is the newest lift at Andes Tower Hills.
Upper part of the lift line.
Lower lift line.
Bottom terminal.
Counterweight.
Side view of the drive terminal.
View from the bottom terminal.
Loading area.
Tower 1 with added lifting frame.
Closely spaced towers.
Arriving up top.
Return bullwheel.

5 thoughts on “Little America – Andes Tower Hills, MN

  1. Somebodyelse August 11, 2022 / 6:24 pm

    I wonder if this was Riblet’s attempt at an answer to the Thiokol/CTEC Enterprise terminal design.

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    • pbropetech November 17, 2022 / 9:12 am

      This is most likely a one-off- that motor room typically sat on a carriage frame with vertical, not angled, supports and had a side-pull counterweight. If it was relocated from another area I could see a custom frame being built.

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      • Somebodyelse November 17, 2022 / 1:20 pm

        It was just a thought. Definitely a 1 off. I’ve ridden several Riblets (and 1 mixed Riblet/Hall) with that motor room on the terminal frame you’ve described. Wild Side at Snoqualmie Summit, old Chair 6 at Crystal come to mind.

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  2. Utah Lost Ski Area Project November 16, 2022 / 8:20 pm

    Could this be the Riblet from Royal Valley, Michigan? From comments on MILSAP’s page, it looks like the area closed in 1990 and both lifts gone by 1993. This design of the bottom terminal looks like it was from the mid 70s and early 80s and the lift from Royal Valley was from 1977.

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    • Connor November 18, 2022 / 1:10 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. The lift at Royal Valley or Ski World had center pole chairs though. Must have gotten a replacement in the 90s when it was relocated.

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