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800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Collection Spotlight - Throwback Thursday - Ski chair


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Throwback Thursday collections spotlight! Ski chair used on lift which ran from the base of Howelsen Hill to top of Emerald Mountain. The lift was installed in 1948, and at the time it was the longest single span lift in the United States. It was also the first to combine T-bars and chairs on one lift. Following the 1948-1949 ski season the chairs were only used for summer sightseers. Summer lift operation continued until 1956. While the terrain off the top of Emerald Mountain was very steep, (and very thick with trees) it was also very flat in places. Skiers had a hard time getting up the backside of Howelsen Hill. For this reason, the Emerald Mountain chair was discontinued and the T-bar lift was used to take skiers to the top of Howelsen Hill.
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The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.