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Tim's Page of

Hi-Tech Ropeways

at New Hampshire Ski Resorts


I like detachable lifts, gondolas, and other cool skier lifts. Detachable lifts run much faster than other chairlifts and you have more fun time for skiing and less boring time riding on the chairlift. The average speed of a detachable lift is about 1000 ft/min. The average speed of a non-detachable lift is about 400 ft/min. It means that one detachable quad moves up as many people as one non-detachable quad plus two non-detachable triples do altogether.

New Hampshire has a long history of pioneering in hi-tech skier lifting equipment. The first American aerial tramway and the first American detachable gondola both belong in New Hampshire. (Also, Loon has a gondola that I really like.) As of 2004, all New Hampshire major ski resorts have detachable chairlifts. Check the dates below and you will see how quickly the NH line of detachable lifts expands. Note that Bode Miller rode on these lifts.

While researching the ropeways, I learned that many skiing celebrities participated in the development of New Hampshire ski resorts. Modern skiing pioneer Hannes Schneider developed the first groomed slope at Cranmore. Hannes Schneider was born in Austria and invented a skiing technique known as 'Arlberg Method'. In 1939, he escaped the Nazis and came to North Conway where he led a skiing school at Cranmore. Read more about Hannes Schneider. Olympian Tom Corcoran led the development of my favorite resort, Waterville Valley. Tom Corcoran participated in the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. Waterville Valley is also a favorite resort among politicians. Did you know that the Bobby's Run trail is named after Robert Kennedy? Also John Kerry skied at Waterville Valley as recently as January 2003. Wildcat was developed by a group including olympian Brooks Dodge and another famous skier - George Macomber. Brooks Dodge participated in the 1954 World Ski Championship and in the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Bode Miller designed a trail named after him at Bretton Woods - see this trail photos The list of Bode's ski racing achievements is so long - look at it.

Ski Resort Lift Name Type Photo History Capacity Brand Timeline Tech Data
Attitash Flying Yankee Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Garaventa CTEC Opened in 1998 Length: 3070 ft. Vertical: 883 ft.
Flying Bear Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Doppelmayr Opened in 1995 Length: 5215 ft. Vertical: 1467 ft.
Bretton Woods Rosebrook Summit Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Doppelmayr CTEC Opened in 2003 Length: 2455 ft. Vertical: 556 ft.
Zephyr Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Garaventa CTEC Opened in 2000 Length: 5075 ft. Vertical: 1063 ft.
Bethlehem Detachable chairlift     4 Doppelmayr Opened in 1989 Length: 4900 ft. Vertical: 1010 ft.
West Mountain Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Garaventa CTEC Opened in 2002 Length: 3802 ft. Vertical: 806 ft.
Cannon Cannon Aerial Tramway Two-car aerial tramway [(o)] Cannon Mountain Postcards

The Cannon Mountain Tramway

Cannon, NH

(28 before 1980)
  First US aerial tramway - since 1938, replaced in 1980 Vertical: 2022 ft. 8 min ride
Peabody Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Garaventa CTEC Opened in 1999 Length: 5251 ft. Vertical: 1318 ft.
Cranmore Skimobile Funicular Mt. Cranmore, NH Cranmore Postcards

Cranmore Mountain Skimobile

    Second US funicular - since 1938, dismantled in 1989  
Skimobile Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Doppelmayr Opened in 1995 Length: 4489 ft. Vertical: 1123 ft.
Gunstock Panorama Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Doppelmayr CTEC Opened in 2003 Length: 6427 ft. Vertical: 1602 ft.


Kancamagus Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Doppelmayr Opened in 1995 Length: 4059 ft. Vertical: 1067 ft.
Gondola Gondola ropeway [(o)] Loon, NH 4 Doppelmayr, originally PHB/Hall Opened in 1966, replaced in 1988  
North Peak Detachable chairlift   North Peak Express Quad Construction 4 Doppelmayr CTEC Opened in 2004 Length: 4820 ft. Vertical: 1563 ft. 4.8 min ride.
Lincoln Express Detachable chairlift     4 Doppelmayr CTEC Opened in 2007 Length: 5160 ft. Vertical: 1475 ft.
Mount Sunapee Sunapee Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Leitner - Poma of America Opened in 1998 Length: 6056 ft. Vertical: 1402 ft. 6 min ride.
Ragged Mountain Six-Pack Detachable chairlift     6 Leitner - Poma of America Opened in 2001  
Waterville Valley Quadzilla Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Doppelmayr Opened in 1997  
White Peak Detachable chairlift [(o)]   4 Poma Opened in 1988 Length: 7532 ft. Vertical: 1912 ft.
Wildcat Wildcat Gondola ropeway [(o)]
Wildcat History

Constructed 1957; Dismantled 2004

Wildcat, NH

    First US detachable gondola - since 1958, dismantled in 2000  
Wildcat Detachable chairlift, gondola in summer [(o)]   4 Doppelmayr Opened in 1997 Length: 6700 ft. Vertical: 2010 ft. 6 min ride

The ropeways that no longer exist are greyed out.

For more historic facts, visit these sites:
New England Ski Museum       The History of New Hampshire Skiing       Skiing in New Hampshire - Past, Present & Future       New England Lost Ski Areas Project       A Bit of Skiing History in New England       It All Started Here

Attitash: Flying Yankee

Attitash: Flying Bear

Bretton Woods: Rosebrook Summit

Bretton Woods: Zephyr

Bretton Woods: West Mountain

Cannon: Aerial Tramway

Cannon: Peabody

Cranmore: Skimobile

Gunstock: Panorama

Loon: Kancamagus

Loon: gondola

Mount Sunapee: Sunapee

Waterville Valley: Quadzilla

Waterville Valley: White Peak

Wildcat: Wildcat


Virtual Descent            Catch Snowflakes            NH Skiing Quiz

Back to New Hampshire Junior Skiing or Adult Skiing including
Waterville Valley Photos     Mount Sunapee Photos     Loon Photos     Wildcat Photos     Attitash Photos     Bretton Woods Photos     Cannon Photos     Gunstock Photos     Cranmore Photos     Crotched Mountain Photos

Another New England skiing destination: Sunday River

See also Park City including
2004 World Superpipe Championship Photos         Park City Mountain Photos         The Canyons Photos         Deer Valley Photos

And Tyrol Skiing including
Kitzbuhel Photos         Stubai Glacier         Axamer Lizum Photos

Copyright (c) 2004 Timothy Sakharov, Alexander Sakharov

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