Friday, January 13, 2017
First Chairlifts Invented for Sun Valley Ski Resort
On February 2011, Jeffery Scott Fraser opened the Tsaina Lodge in Valdez, Alaska. He manages the lodge, which offers guests outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and fishing. Since retiring, Jeffery S. Fraser devotes most of his time to the day-to-day operations of his ski lodge.
Sun Valley is known as the first ski resort to open with chairlifts, back at the time when skiers had to walk or get towed up the mountain. This started the indulgence of having to sit down during the ride to the top, and was considered a major advancement in the skiing industry.
Before the introduction of chair lifts, every ski resort around the globe used the same engineering and machinery to take their skiers up the slopes. Some cable-dragged their skiers, while others used J-bars, T-bars, or rope tows.
W. Averell Harriman, chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad, commissioned railroad engineers to develop a more efficient way for skiers to get up the mountains. After being inspired by the methods used to load train cargo, the engineers developed the chairlift for Sun Valley.