Mt. Rose, NV

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  1. Carson June 17, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Did zephyr sell or was it scrapped

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    • Thomas Jett June 17, 2018 / 1:15 pm

      Zephyr was relocated to Chuter.

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  2. Carson June 17, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    I wonder if the bums gulch lift still stands

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    • powderforever21 September 5, 2019 / 8:19 pm

      Maybe some of the towers are on the lifts at Mt Baldy.


    • Danny Bryant September 6, 2019 / 8:43 am

      There is only one tower left standing from Bum’s Gulch. It can be seen on the westbound side of the Mt. Rose Hwy between Sky Tavern and Slide Mountain Road (Winters Creek Lodge side of Mt. Rose). I’ll try to head up there and get a picture to share.


  3. powderforever45 October 11, 2019 / 5:27 pm

    Will they have to upgrade capacity on wizard for the two stage detachable?


    • nvskier February 15, 2021 / 9:30 pm

      The article did say they got county approval to build a terrain park lift on the slide side, which is the east side at the Winters Creek Lodge. However, this was before the April 2020 USFS decision on their Atoma expansion. One of the proposed alternatives had them replacing Wizard and Galena with a “Pondelena Lift” so it was likely they intended to relocate Wizard or Galena to be the new terrain park lift. But the alternative that was selected by the Forest Service was for a 2 stage detachable chair with an angled mid station from the top of Wizard to the bottom of the Atoma expansion while leaving Wizard and Galena in place. The new terrain park chair may have to wait until those lifts are replaced somewhere down the line.


  4. Danny Bryant January 25, 2020 / 11:23 pm

    The master plan for Mt. Rose was to have the a detachable quad go from where the Ponderosa lift base was located (now where Wizard lift base is located) to about 300 feet above the end of the Galena lift. The existing Galena lift was to then be relocated to the “Slide side” to operate parallel to Zephyr 6 to service the Double Down terrain park. This may explain why the Ponderosa name was not retained when it was shifted to a different alignment and renamed Wizard. However, Mt. Rose seems to have shifted its focus to get the Atoma expansion completed first, so it may become a priority to work on this part of the master plan after Atoma is completed..


    • Danny Bryant January 26, 2020 / 12:36 am

      I forgot to mention the plan included moving the top of Lakeview about 200 feet further uphill to allow better access to Wild Card.


  5. Mountaineer February 15, 2021 / 12:13 pm

    Slide Mountain (Reno Ski Bowl) opened on 11/25/53 with two Ringer double chairs “Lower” and “Upper”, built by Sierra Machinery Co. The lower chair reveiced an additional tower in 1954 after the new road was built and was operating weekends only by 1959 (not sure when it was finally abandoned, but here is the last tower standing: The other Ringer, Upper or Pioneer, broke down twice during the 70/71 season. They couldn’t immediately afford a whole new lift for $270,000. In 1971, everything but the towers and terminals was replaced and the Yan platter was installed. New terminals were put in in 1972. Slide Mt. and Mt. Rose sold their first joint ticket for the 73/74 season for $10. Slide Mountain’s 1965 double was called “Little Red” and was “designed by Miner-Denver”. The other double chair “Overland Limited” was opened for the 63/64 season (a Riblet?). Pioneer and Overland were replaced by Zephyr in 1989.


    • Utah Powder Skier February 15, 2021 / 4:51 pm

      How could Miner-Denver have designed a lift in 1965 before they were even founded?


      • Myles Svec February 15, 2021 / 5:14 pm

        Idk why but sometimes I think that Telecar and Miner-Denver are related in some way.


        • Utah Powder Skier February 15, 2021 / 5:45 pm

          I do think that they’re both related. Their designs were pretty much identical and they weren’t around at the same time. Telecar’s last year of building lifts was 1966 and Miner-Denver’s first was 1967. What I wonder is how Poma and Telecar were related. Poma’s first installations in the United States were branded as “Poma-Telecar” A few years later, Telecar and Poma were separate entities. I would think that Telecar would have been introducing Poma in the US, but that was the first mention of Telecar. Does anyone know the history of Telecar?


        • Mountaineer February 15, 2021 / 11:42 pm

          Here is what I know. Pomalift was incorporated in 1954 by A-Basin’s Larry Jump after he met Jean Pomagalski. At first he only sold Pomagalski’s surface lifts, but was looking for other ways of transportation too. Jump became a licensee for Carlevaro & Savio gondolas in 1957 under the brand Telecar. Their first installation was the gondola at Wildcat, NH. Pomagalski developed his first double chair in 1958. Maybe because Jump did mix parts from both C&S and Poma for the Killington Chairlift in 1959 and didn’t clearly separate both brands in his marketing, the term Poma-Telecar made its way from Australia to the US. Dulmison of Sydney was the Australian licensee for Poma and they advertised both brands as “pomalift” and “poma-telecar”. Chairlifts in the US were originally a product of Pomalift (but again, named as “Poma-Tele-Chair”). Likely in 1963, C&S started selling its own chairlifts, which must have upset Jump. He discontinued the cooperation and became the representative for Miner-Denver. So my guess is that MD was already in the business. I don’t know how the story goes for Telecar and MD after that, but Pomalift was absorbed by Mountain Lift Co. in 1965. Pomagalski bought the brand Pomalift back in 1968 and merged together with Poma Aerial Tramways Inc. (Poma’s representative for the East Coast out of Woodstock, VT) and Heron Eng. to form Heron Poma Co. in 1970.


  6. Mountaineer February 16, 2021 / 11:58 am

    Mt. Rose Resort opened to the public on 01/22/66 with free lift rides (ribbon cutting was the Sunday before). It had two double chairs (Northwest Passage, 4,800 ft / 1,500 ft & Ponderosa, 3,200 ft / 300 ft) and a T-bar (Kit Carson, later named Alphorn, 2,200 ft / 800 ft). Maybe those were made by Riblet? The T-bar wasn’t ready for opening day. The NP chair had to be evacuated on its first day due to electrical problems. Mt. Rose’s president Luescher already had plans to replace the T-bar and install three more lifts (two double chairs and two T-bar). One of his first ideas was to build a gondola or tramway to Mt. Rose inlcuding a revolving restaurant on top of a space needle. The year before, Luescher told the press that he wants to close Sky Tavern for three years-while developing Mt. Rose Resort-as it is outmoded. After some discussions, Sky Tavern was leased to the Reno Recreation junior program for $10,000 / year. There were also plans to for a joint ticket from day 1, but for some reasons those plans were delayed until the 73/74 season (but it was already included the year before by paying $1 extra). A Poma was installed in 1971, but there was no new lift in 1973. The first two double chairs were likely replaced by the CTEC quad and Yan’s triple, but that is yet to be confirmed. I have found no sign of a Yan double chair named Ponderosa.

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    • Utah Powder Skier February 16, 2021 / 1:46 pm

      Ponderosa could’ve been that Yan that predated the ones at Squaw Valley, the platter at Mammoth, and the platters at Sky Tavern. A new company having that many installations at major ski resorts at that time and not having a single previous installation looks a little odd to me. Especially from Squaw Valley who had previously bought from more well known manufacturers at that time. Usually a new start up company would go local before getting bigger and Ponderosa could have been that installation.


      • Mountaineer February 16, 2021 / 2:24 pm

        You know that Pomagalski and Yan were working together at Squaw before LE was founded and that LE used parts from Poma in the beginning? LE didn’t come out of the blue, but it would for sure be interesting to see a proof for your theory.


    • Myles Svec February 16, 2021 / 2:44 pm

      There also appears to be a Yan double likely the Ponderosa double.


      • Utah Powder Skier February 16, 2021 / 2:54 pm

        I would guess that the lift from the pic you’re mentioning is the old Northwest Passage triple. Those sheaves, towers, and chairs are definitely from 1984, along with the drive/tension matching the description in the spreadsheet. The lift in the pic looks to be a little high up for Ponderosa. Ponderosa didn’t end along a ridge either. The lift in the pic also looks to be a triple, though it’s a little hard to see.

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        • nvskier February 16, 2021 / 5:09 pm

          Yeah after zooming in I think that’s a yan triple chair which would make it the old Northwest Passage chair. The view looks like the summit too.


        • Mountaineer February 17, 2021 / 5:38 am

          Just look at the file name: NW-trip-unload-95-300×217.jpg

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    • Myles Svec February 16, 2021 / 2:48 pm

      Also at the end there a picture of a double that I think is the Ponderosa double.


  7. Danny Bryant February 17, 2021 / 4:41 pm

    The Ponderosa double, the Northwest double, and the Alphorn T-Bar were made by the same manufacturer. Not Riblet (had solid crossarms for towers and not the cantilever type that is typical of Riblet crossarms) and also not YAN because these lifts were installed prior to 1968 (when YAN installed its first ski lifts at Squaw Valley). All three lifts were driven and tensioned at the bottom terminal. I remember Northwest getting an auxiliary drive in about 1979 due to the prior year having several motor issues that required rope evacuations. All three had operator houses and the bottom tower (Tower 1) that the bottom crossarm could be adjusted.

    What I found interesting about the Alphorn T-Bar is that it had a European feel to it because all but Tower 1 were portal towers. The T-Bar’s path is the Mineshaft Run on the map. The load was on the south side of Ponderosa run while the bottom terminal was on the other side of the same run. I remember as a little kid trying to hit the T-Bar that hung over the run with my ski pole (and always missed). The upper unload and terminal were to the left of Jetta run. You could see the top terminal from Lakeview between Towers 14 and 16.


    • Utah Powder Skier February 17, 2021 / 4:59 pm

      From the way you describe the T-bar, it sounds like the lift was an SLI. That would make sense because SLI did have quite a few installations in the Tahoe area.

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      • Danny Bryant February 17, 2021 / 5:06 pm

        Nope, it was not an SLI. It had the same sheaves and color scheme as Pondo and Northwest. I wish I still had access to the forum comments on, because someone told me there who manufactured Pondo. If I knew how to contact Kurt Buser, owner at Mt. Rose, I would ask him as well. There was also a YouTube video Peter posted a few months ago that featured the Lift Ops Manager at Heavenly who retired after 40 years. This gentleman said in the video that he came to the U.S. to build the lifts at Mt. Rose prior to joining Heavenly. RT (a lift ops guy who comments on this site) may be able to provide more info on this gentleman because he probably worked with him when RT was working at Heavenly. Perhaps he knows how to contact this gentleman to get the full story on the manufacturer of these three lifts at Mt. Rose.

        As I side note, I always thought SLI lifts looked cool because they were sleeker and stylish for their time.

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        • Myles Svec February 18, 2021 / 6:03 am

          I don’t have an account can you post the pictures here?


        • skier72 February 18, 2021 / 8:42 am

          Here are the photos on the forum:


          Chair 2:




          Northwest Passage:

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        • Mountaineer February 18, 2021 / 9:27 am

          Did someone notice the last post about the Hunsucker Ski Lift Co.? I guess that means Paul Hunziker and his Western Lift and Crane was involved at Mt. Rose. And that would fit to the Heavenly video where he says it was a Swiss guy.

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        • Mountaineer February 18, 2021 / 1:20 pm

          I just got the confirmation that Paul Hunziker built the first three lifts at Mt. Rose (the exact name of his company unfortunately is unknown). He also built at least one lift at Mammoth…

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        • Myles Svec May 9, 2021 / 12:30 pm

          The lift he built at mammoth was under the brand Western Lift & Crane and it was the Chair 7 double lift that operated from 1969-1984.


    • Myles Svec April 8, 2021 / 5:58 pm

      Ponderosa, Northwest, and Alphorn T-Bar were made by Hunziker Lift.

      Hunziker Lift, Inc. (1965-1967): Hunziker went on to build two double chairs and a T-bar at Mt. Rose, California under his own brand. This is the first confirmed used of the Luck grips. The T-bar’s installation was delayed due to a design error with the crossarms and sheave assemblies. After only three lifts, Hunziker closed his shop in Provo, Utah.

      Taken from a forum


      • Danny Bryant June 18, 2021 / 10:51 pm

        Mt. Rose is located in Nevada, not California. ;-)


        • Myles Svec June 19, 2021 / 10:10 am

          Sorry, I pasted that text from the forum and I forgot to check for typos.


  8. Danny Bryant February 18, 2021 / 2:22 pm

    Thanks to whomever downloaded the information from the blog. Full disclusure: I was Phoenix on that site. I used a nickname online back then and I remember writing those posts. The YAN/Hybrid data on the lifts were based on information I could find out at the time, but I was glad the person answered my question and mentioned Hunziker. It all makes sense now, especially the European influence with Alphorn T-Bar. I have some old super-8 film of me when I learned to ski at Mt. Rose in the mid-1970s. I will look through them and see if there are any of the lifts I can get a screenshot of to share. I know there is one of me boarding Pondo in, I believe, 1977. Hopefully, there are pics of the T-Bar and Northwest. :-)


  9. Alex Kennedy April 3, 2021 / 7:05 am

    Northwest Magnum 6 is a Bottom drive lift. It says top on the spreadsheet.


  10. Myles Svec April 11, 2021 / 5:23 pm

    The original Ponderosa, the second Northwest, and a t-bar called the Alphorn T-Bar were built by a company called Hunziker Lift.

    Here is some info about Paul Hunziker and Hunziker Lift.

    Hunziker Lift, Inc. (Existence: 1965-1967) Hunziker went on to build two double chairs and a T-bar at Mt. Rose, Nevada under his own brand. The T-bar’s installation and opening day was delayed due to a design error with the crossarms and sheave assemblies. After only three lifts, Hunziker closed his shop in Provo, Utah.

    Info to add to spreadsheet

    Northwest Passage Double Chair
    Manufacturer: Hunziker Lift
    Length: 4761 feet.
    Vertical: 1400 feet.
    Number of Carriers: 181
    Number of Towers: 17
    Installed: 1965
    Removed: 1985

    Alphorn T-Bar
    Manufacturer: Hunziker Lift
    Length: About 1700 feet.
    Vertical: 800 feet.
    Number of Carriers: Unknown
    Number of Towers: 6
    Installed: 1965
    Removed: 1986

    Ponderosa Double Chair
    Manufacturer: Hunziker Lift
    Length: 2980 feet.
    Vertical: 450 feet.
    Number of Carriers: 56
    Number of Towers: 10
    Installed: 1965
    Removed: 1993

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    • Danny Bryant April 11, 2021 / 6:35 pm

      This wasn’t the “second” Northwest lift; the Hunziker lift was the first. It is listed in error on this page that states the Northwest lift was first built in 1952 when this was actually as Chair 2 (built by Ringer) on the Slide side when it was Reno Ski Bowl. Chair 2 was converted by Riblet in 1973 by Slide Mountain using the Ringer towers (at which point the chair was named “Pioneer”). This chair ran on the east slopes of Slide Mountain; there were not any lifts in that area the mountain (namely the northwest facing slopes of what would become Mt. Rose–hence the name of the lift). The Mt. Rose side was the backside of Reno Ski Bowl prior to Mt. Rose’s existence. When one skied the backside, they had to take the old highway down to Sky Tavern, board Chair 1 (the “Ringer” Chair), ride it to the Reno Ski Bowl lodge, and then ride Chair 2 to lap.


    • Danny Bryant April 11, 2021 / 6:42 pm

      Your data regarding the three lifts is very accurate as far as number of towers for all three lifts and the number of carriers for Pondo and Northwest. :-)

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    • Mountaineer April 12, 2021 / 10:42 am

      Interesting. Where did you get the data (towers and carriers)? What happened to the lifts after they were removed?


    • Myles Svec May 8, 2021 / 6:45 pm

      From information I have learned the carriers for both the double chairlifts and the T-Bar were made for Hunziker Lift by Hjorth Brothers.


      • Mountaineer May 9, 2021 / 11:54 am

        The T-Bar’s carriers were made by Hjorth too?


        • Myles Svec May 9, 2021 / 12:23 pm

          I think so. I’m pretty certain they were although they could have been made by Hunziker Lift itself. It is confirmed the carriers for both double chairlifts were Hjorth.


  11. Myles Svec June 19, 2021 / 10:12 am

    Peter, when you added The Hunziker lifts in spreadsheet you spelled it Huntziker and it’s actual spelling is Hunziker.


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