Silver Lode #4 – 49° North, WA

Lift overview.
Riblet bottom tension return station.
Loading area.
Side view of the bottom station next to Angel Peak.
View up at tower 12.
Lower lift line.
Enclosed top bullwheel with unload below.
Breakover towers.
View down from the summit.
Riblet vault drive station.

3 thoughts on “Silver Lode #4 – 49° North, WA

  1. Patrick March 22, 2020 / 8:29 pm

    All the other Riblet doubles I’m familiar with have a center pole, which I think of as a defining feature of a Riblet double. Why are the chairs different here?

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  2. Enumclaw kid March 23, 2020 / 12:04 am

    I’ll leave the “why” to people who actually know. But Chairs 1, 2, 3, and 4 at Crystal Mountain were all Riblets with bail-type carriers just like these, built in 1962 through 1966 or so. Through roughly the same years Riblet was also building chairs with center-pole carriers, e.g. Barrier, 7th Heaven and Big Chief / Kehr’s at Stevens, the original chairs at Mission Ridge, Mt. Spokane, C-1 and C-2 at Mt. Baker, etc. Subjectively, it seems there were more center-pole type built, and hence surviving today.

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    • Vintage Chairlifts August 12, 2020 / 1:52 pm

      The earliest bail-style I know of from Riblet was the original Green Lift at Hoodoo, Oregon. That chair was installed in 1948.

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