T-Bar – Arctic Valley, AK

This is the oldest and most frequently operated lift at Arctic Valley, servicing the center of the mountain.
Interestingly, many of the Ts have been replaced with platter carriers for just one person.
Towers are metal but supported by wooden poles.
The bottom terminal is very loud when the lift is operating and can be heard around the mountain.
View up the line.
Lift overview.
Drive terminal with tensioning.
The other side of the bottom station.
Towers feature lights for night skiing.
Upper part of the lift line.
The top terminal.
Unloading is well below the top bullwheel.
Another view of the return terminal.
Tower 1.
The final tower.
Side view of the top bullwheel.
The track.

4 thoughts on “T-Bar – Arctic Valley, AK

  1. Will March 14, 2020 / 11:24 pm

    That top terminal is pretty cool. Seems like something Yan would have done in the early to mid 80s.


    • skier72 March 15, 2020 / 1:41 pm

      It looks like it might be early Doppelmayr.


      • Tyler March 16, 2020 / 8:59 pm

        It is I believe it survived the 64 earthquake. I don’t recall if it has an combustion engine. Chair 1 had a ford v8 backup and chair 2 has a Chrysler v8 backup. T-bar sounds like it has a combustion engine but the reason why it’s so damn loud is because the gearing from the electric motor. You can hear t-bar from the top of chair 2 on the right day ha.


        • julestheshiba March 19, 2020 / 11:10 am

          It must have really low gearing so the electric motor has to run at max rpm, kind of similar to early detachable lifts.


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