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We introduce: “The chairlift … brings skiers together in a way that nothing else can do.”
Sure, there is something to be said about climbing mountains. But there’s also something to be said for the chairlift, a device made up of pulleys, belts, ropes, towers and of course chairs. Chairlifts are pretty unique – they turn a fairly individual sport of skiing or snowboarding into a community experience.
According to the Salomon teamThe chairlift is possibly the “greatest invention in the history of modern skiing”. And Solomon might be right – they lift us to the top. And they unite us on the mountain. In this short film, Salomon celebrates the chairlift: from the two-seater to the high-speed lizards, from California to Ontario.
People have their favorite runs, their favorite lifts, hell, even their favorite chairs. “What is your favorite lift?” The filmmaker asks the skiers. The next 6 minutes of the film are a fun, nostalgic, and a little competitive roundup about how many lifts there are and how much they are valued.
So next time you head to your resort for a powder day, check out the chairlift, take in the scenery, and don’t forget to thank your liftie.
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From Mary Murphy
Mary is based in GearJunkie’s Denver, CO office. Her outdoor interests range from climbing to landscape photography to pack paddleboarding. If she’s not writing, you can most likely find her on top of a fourteenth or at a local bakery.