Little Hawk – Eldora, CO

This lift is a Miner-Denver with Yan chairs.
Two of the three towers.
Top drive bullwheel.
Unloading area and operator house.
Tension carriage and counterweight.
Lift overview.

17 thoughts on “Little Hawk – Eldora, CO

  1. Connor Shuff May 20, 2019 / 4:57 pm

    Why do some random lifts have “upgraded” the chairs?


    • Donald Reif May 20, 2019 / 10:40 pm

      There are many different factors. One could be that chairs are old and in need of a replacement (though I am curious as to whether Little Hawk has always had these chairs or there used to be another style of chair by Miner Denver). Another could be that a resort wants some parts uniformity.


      • powderforever45 November 4, 2019 / 6:36 am

        Im am not entirely sure if these are Miner Denver or Telecar chairs. Does anyone know if it is Miner Denver and that they used these chairs?


        • Michael November 4, 2019 / 3:39 pm

          The chairs in the photos are Yan chairs. They also use the Yan Type D grip.


  2. Kaden K August 11, 2019 / 11:18 pm

    do yan chairs have names. I see these chairs and then the more rounded double chairs.


    • pbropetech December 23, 2019 / 9:08 am

      They had alphanumeric designations based on design year and capacity. For example, these angular box-tube ones are listed in our prints as D(ouble)B(ail)-76 (although they certainly existed before 1976 so there must have been some minor design tweak). Michael probably knows more about it.


      • Max Hart December 23, 2019 / 12:07 pm

        Do you know what the names of some of the other Yan chairs are? I just mean the different designations based on design, not the year designation as I would assume that would be the same regardless of the style of chair.


        • pbropetech January 14, 2020 / 3:45 pm

          The round pipe bails appeared in 1978, so they would be DB- or TB-78, and so forth depending upon modifications. There were several QB models as well. I’m not sure what the designation was for the centre-pole style seen at Alta- DCP maybe?


        • Max Hart January 14, 2020 / 7:06 pm

          The quad chairs changed drastically in 1987. Sunday River’s White Cap Quad (Lift 9) was the first to feature the new bail shape. Yan also used at least four different chairs on their detachable quads, the 1986-87 Pentagon style, at least two different styles of Teardrop chairs (one seen on Pico, VT’s Summit Express, and the other on Christmas at Sun Valley, ID), and the bubble chairs at Whistler. Loveland (Lift 2, 1985) and Sunrise Park (Cyclone, 1983) also had another style of triple chair with plastic seats.


        • powderforever45 January 14, 2020 / 7:51 pm

          @maxhart Also the plastic seats were on Eagle Feather also built in 1985 at Sunrise Park.


        • Max Hart January 14, 2020 / 8:03 pm

          Eagle Feather must be the one I was thinking of. That makes more sense, both it and Chair 2 were built in 1985.


      • Michael January 15, 2020 / 9:44 pm

        I don’t recall any of Yan’s chairs having names. As you said, they were either DB or TB with the version year included. As for the center post chairs, I only remember installing them at Alta- they probably still have drawings. I do know of at least 3 versions of the round pipe triples- 1) Seats welded to the bails, 2) The seat bolted to the bail with brackets and 3) plastic seat inserted in to a complete loop bail.
        Hope this helps.


  3. Maxwell November 2, 2019 / 11:34 pm

    Is this the last Miner Denver lift still in operation?


      • Michael November 3, 2019 / 9:42 pm

        Peter- Has the triple at Otsego Ski Club, MI been removed/replaced?


      • skier72 December 22, 2019 / 4:23 pm

        Here is a cool old photo of the Miner Denver lift at Copper Peak, MI.


  4. Ryan December 7, 2019 / 10:28 pm

    The grips likely got too old on the original miner denver chairs and given that no one supports that equipment anymore, it was easier to get some used Yannie chairs which still has plenty of support for the chairs and grips.


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