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Ski Lift International

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Founded  1965
Ski Lift International
Headquarters  Incline Village, Nevada, United States

Ski Lift International was an aerial lift manufacturer based out of Incline Village, Nevada. SLI was established by co-founders Samuel G. Bonasso and Joseph Sugarman, with Bonasso as its first president. The company built 46 lifts, mainly double chairlifts, from 1965 until 1973. SLI had a prototype gondola and triple chair, but it is unlikely that these designs were ever used. SLI chairlifts can still be seen at ski areas such as Catamount Ski Area. The company was known for inventing the first maintenance free bail chair, well before competitors such as Riblet or Hall. SLI shipped pre welded towers and terminal parts to the ski areas, avoiding welding on site. SLI was purchased by Riblet Tramway Company in 1973.

List of SLI lifts still standing

Alpine Slide-Big Bear Lake, California double

Bryce Resort, Virginia A Double

The Homestead, Virginia 4 Person T-Bar

Sapphire Valley, North Carolina A Lift Double

Bryce Resort, Virginia B Double

Diamond Peak, Nevada Ridge Double

Iron Mountain, California (CLOSED) - Chair 1 (Double)

Iron Mountain, California (CLOSED) - Chair 2 (Double)

June Mountain, California 4 Double

June Mountain, California 2 Double

Aspen Mountain, Colorado Shadow Mountain Double

Tahoe Donner, California Snowbird Double

Wolf Ridge, North Carolina A Double

49 Degrees North, Washington 1 Bonanza Double

Telluride, Colorado 7 Coonskin Double

Telluride, Colorado Oak Street Double

49 Degrees North, Washington 2 Grubstake Double

49 Degrees North, Washington 3 Payday Double

Teton Pass, Montana Chairlift Double

Catamount Ski Area, New York\Massachusetts 1 Catamount Double

Catamount Ski Area, New York\Massachusetts 2 Glade Double

Bighorn, Wyoming Beginner Double

Heavenly, Nevada Galaxy Double

Heavenly, Nevada World Cup Double

Wolf Creek, Colorado Nova Double


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