Milky Way – Andes Tower Hills, MN

This is the original lift here, though it came from elsewhere and received new chairs at some point.
Arriving at the top drive terminal.
Upper terminal overview.
View down the line.
Breakover towers.
Return terminal.
Lift line.
Unloading area.

11 thoughts on “Milky Way – Andes Tower Hills, MN

  1. Utah Powder Skier February 26, 2021 / 7:51 pm

    This lift appears to be a Telecar with some Riblet modifications. These towers show up on some Telecar installations, but I have seen them referred to as American Cableways. The tension terminal of these lifts has also shown up on some Thiokol lifts, like Timberline at Powder Mountain. Does anyone know the history here?


  2. Carson February 26, 2021 / 7:51 pm

    This looks like a telecar lift


  3. JT February 28, 2021 / 11:07 am

    Oddity lift for sure….the unload guide sheave don’t look real happy

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  4. Mountaineer February 28, 2021 / 11:01 pm

    American Cableways?


    I was wondering why that front steel beam on top protudes a little to one side on both (and the other AC related) lifts? Just a conincidence?


  5. iloveribletdoubles March 27, 2021 / 1:56 pm

    I’m pretty sure those are fake Riblet chairs.


    • Utah Powder Skier March 27, 2021 / 2:14 pm

      The chairs were most likely modified to fit on a lift designed as a double. It is not often that you find American Cableways, Hunzinger, Hjorth or Cosmos lifts that need a chair replacement.


      • julestheshiba March 27, 2021 / 4:53 pm

        I mean the majority of those lifts from those manufacturers do not have their original chairs.

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        • Mountaineer March 28, 2021 / 11:03 am

          Can you name one that still has?


        • Utah Powder Skier March 28, 2021 / 1:26 pm

          The Hjorth lift at Kelly Canyon and the Hunzinger at Aspen Hills development near Fairview, UT are a few that still have their original chairs.


        • Mountaineer April 4, 2021 / 10:04 am

          Aspen Hills is not a Hunziker Lift, it’s a Hjorth. It came used from Frontier Land near Jackson, Wyoming. It first had bail-style chairs. Not sure where they got the centerpole chairs from, but they are not matching Hunziker’s design.

          Mandan was running clockwise, Skiers it not. Not sure if they had the chairs changed or installed new ones, but at least the safety bars are now missing.


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