The Fixed Grip Lift
Here is a short explanation of how a fixed-grip ski lift
works.  The lift shown is the Sunshine Triple located in
Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

This lift was built by:
Here is the loading station for this lift.  The
hydraulic tensioning system is also located
here (pictured below).
Here are the lift's controls.
The view up the line.
This lift takes 13 minutes to ride.
Here is a compression tower with a
bad thunderstorm behind it!
The emergency breaks are located in the
center edge of this bull-wheel.
Notice the sensors that would stop the
lift if it derailed.
Other Fixed-Grip Controls:
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This is the drive unit, complete with an
electric motor and a back-up gas
powered one.