North Pole/South Pole – Whitecap Mountains, WI

The drive station for this up and over lift is at the north end.
View up the North Pole side of the lift.
Hall drive station with tensioning.
North loading area.
Riding south.
View towards the top.
Looking back down.
Nearing the top of the North Pole side.
Riders coming from the north must exit at the first ramp.
Guests are no longer allowed to ride the middle third of the lift due to its height.
View down the north side.
Lower part of North Pole.
This lift has three large depress towers.
The part of the line which no longer carries passengers.
North Pole unload.
Crossing over the golf course.
Return terminal.
Riding up the south side.
Middle part of South Pole.
South Pole overview.
Towers count down as you ride up this side.
The middle section.
Riders used to be able to load and unload at a total of six different points on this lift.
South Pole summit at Eagle’s Nest.
Two depress towers in a row.
The steepest part of the lift line.
Departing the south end.
Breakover towers.
The tallest section.
The part where skiers can no longer ride.
One of the tallest lift towers in the midwest.

10 thoughts on “North Pole/South Pole – Whitecap Mountains, WI

  1. skier72 December 31, 2020 / 4:36 pm

    Here’s a video of the high point, back when you were allowed to ride it:


  2. Utah Powder Skier December 31, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    If they were so concerned about the height of the lift across the golf course, why didn’t Whitecap put safety bars or footrests on this lift. It must be a pain to have to tell people that they can’t ride over a certain section. Also, I’m sure they stop the lift for when people try to ride it past one of the stations, and a lift like this with 4 total areas for loading and unloading could use some help with emergency stops.

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  3. Adam January 11, 2021 / 8:12 pm

    I haven’t been there in 20 years. When did they stop people from using the flyover?


  4. BrandonM February 4, 2021 / 7:16 pm

    I wonder if re-engineering that section of the to go down and back up the valley with normal height towers has ever been considered.

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  5. Nathan May 2, 2021 / 9:47 am

    At this point it appears they are more likely to go out of business than afford any lift upgrades. Over the last 20 years they have reduced service: removed newest lift (1991 CTEC triple), reduced hall quad to a triple, disabled riding between eagle and thunderhead peaks. I sure hope they find a way to stay in business though. Whitecap is a very unique ski area with winding runs and a unique multi-peak layout. They also get 3-4 time as much snow as most Midwest areas and have some of the steepest runs. The lack of customers might put them out of business but for now you can find fresh powder all day on a powder day.


    • Skier4lyfe September 13, 2021 / 8:36 am

      Fortunately Whitecap now has a new owner that actually cares about the place and is trying to put new life into it.


  6. CharlesO July 1, 2021 / 10:58 am

    The high section goes right over part of the golf course, it looks like, so that’s probably why it was built that way.


  7. pbropetech July 1, 2021 / 7:16 pm

    Interesting that they’ve ceased letting people ride the ‘high’ part. I’ve climbed taller towers at two different ski areas, and ridden lifts as tall. There’s no doubt that the current closed section has height, but that hasn’t stopped other places from operating lifts with similar spans. I wonder if there’s something else going on there. The difficulty of evacuating the lift if my counterparts can’t fix it, perhaps?


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