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  • Writer's pictureMichael Kennedy

How 'bout a Lift?

Updated: May 11, 2023

The Beauty Surrounding Olympic Valley's Chairlifts

Suspended from endless cables above the trees.

Moving through the evening skies.

Bending toward the Village below.

Passing by ancient things high on the hill.

Crossing over the mountain on the Base to Base Gondola, connecting Palisades and Alpine.

Drifting over Cushing Crossing, "the best event of the spring season!"

Overcoming the Pineapple Express and its deluge of rain during an epic winter.

And the bullwheels keeping things turning, rounding out the beauty of the lifts themselves.

Including this historical landmark at Le Chamois, aka the Chammy, made famous by 1984's ski movie classic, Hot Dog...

... Between 1949 - 1978, Squaw Peak lift was the largest double chairlift in North America. The wheel you see here is made of cast steel and weighs 10,000 pounds.

And on it is a plaque memorializing its history.

Olympic Valley Chairlifts are here to stay. Their history etched in steel. And the beauty surrounding them too, God willing.


Hello! I’m Michael Kennedy, Olympic Valley, CA resident. I’m a teacher, freelance writer, and photographer. Thanks for reading. If you enjoyed it, please share with others. I value your attention, it means a lot to me and it helps others see the story. If you're interested in any photos in this post, or in my gallery: click here, let me know what size you want, and I'll send a quote. My email:

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May 11, 2023

Another winner! Really excellent images to go along with the story.

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