Skyride – Canobie Lake Park, NH

This short sky ride operates as an out and back with loading only at one end.
The return bullwheel.
Hopkins return station.
There are only four towers on this lift, three of which are quite tall.
Tower with a unique paint job.
Drive station inside a building.
Riding out of the terminal.
Tower 4.
Carrier with locking restraint bar.
Return station with passive tensioning.
Middle part of the lift line.
View towards the lake.
Arriving at the terminal building.
Another view of the drive bullwheel.

3 thoughts on “Skyride – Canobie Lake Park, NH

  1. Alex Kennedy February 28, 2021 / 9:47 pm

    Why were Hopkins “skyrides” so popular? Does Hopkins still even exist today?


    • chasehausman March 1, 2021 / 12:00 am

      Hopkins (or OD Hopkins) started building ski lifts before pivoting to include water attractions, and became a well known brand in the amusement park industry. I’d guess a lot of these are a result of their brand recognition in that industry. Other than Von Roll, most of the other ski lift manufacturers don’t/didn’t seem to cater to that industry.


    • Mountaineer March 1, 2021 / 12:16 pm

      Here is some more history: O.D. Hopkins Associates Inc. entered into the lift business as an erection contractor and fabricator for Roebling in 1960 and in turn purchased their Tramway Dept. in 1964. Hopkins also fabricated components for the Staedeli lifts at Waterville Valley. Universal Design built 26 Roebling/Hopkins chairlifts between 1962 and 1971. Hopkins built the first amusement chairlift (Skyglider) in 1969 at Paragon Park in Hull, MA. The last new lift was built in 1982 with a triangular configuration at Parque Recreativo in Aguasalientes, Mexico. A total of 25 Skygliders were built. SkyTrans Manufacturing was started in 2002 after Hopkins was sold to Reverchon Industries in 2000.


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