Riding uphill on a Chair

Up-lifts in ski resorts fall into three main types. Drag lifts, Cable Cars and Chairlifts. Drag Lifts (Button, Poma or T-Bar) are a bit of a nightmare for novice skiers until you master the required skills. Drag Lifts simply tow you back up on your skis or board beside the piste. Cable cars and Gondolas – large or small sealed containers –  protect you from the elements (nice in bad weather), but in the huge ones you are likely to be packed in like sardines, uncomfortably close to a garlic reeking stranger, and the windows will usually be misted up so any potential view is limited.  Assuming of course that you are anywhere near a window – which is unlikely.

Chairlifts take you up the mountain, seated (big bonus), and with a grandstand view. What could be better!

On the chair to Furgg, Zermatt - click to enlarge

They can be very cold if it’s sub-zero and there’s a wind blowing, but modern ones usually come with a large transparent hood that can be lowered to protect the occupants from the elements but still allow a view.

I wish I'd gone on a beach holiday - click to enlarge

[Note – generally skiers look a lot happier than this miserable bunch!]

There’s something special (assuming you aren’t scared of heights), about riding up, admiring the views of the piste and its skiers from as much as 100ft or so up in the air with your legs and skis dangling in space.

Carving those turns - click to enlarge

They also offer opportunities to get the camera out (carefully) and capture some unusual images on the way.

The Matterhorn from the Furgg Chair, Zermatt - click to enlarge

Lenticular clouds over Chamonix - click to enlarge

While you are here , please read ‘Sleeping Rough‘ – a post on this blog about the Homeless this Christmas.  Thank you.

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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10 Responses to Riding uphill on a Chair

  1. Adam Allegro says:

    Oh man, These are making me anxious… I cannot wait to get on the slopes!! And there was an awesome snowstorm here in the Italian Mountains this weekend! Wonderful images!


  2. Dave DiCello says:

    Another awesome series of shots Andy! I love the one of the skiers!


  3. Love that last shot of the Lenticular clouds! Very cool!


  4. Jimi Jones says:

    Really beautiful shots, Andy. I’ve never been on skis but would love to ride those chairlifts. 🙂
    Great series!


  5. Great series of shots Andy. What a beautiful vantage point. The cloud formations in the last image is incredibly beautiful.


  6. Len Saltiel says:

    Great images Andy. Like the mountain shot with the ski marks leading to it. The only time I get on the T-Bar is in the summer.


  7. Jim Nix says:

    nice series of shots Andy!


  8. Lovin’ this series, Andy, great shots here!


  9. Marc Collins says:

    Great set of shots. I like the one with the skiers on the slopes. I enjoyed riding the chairlifts more than the actual skiing when I went!!


  10. Hi Andy,

    we would like to thank you for your interest in our straw bale hotel project.

    We wish you a lot of success and a happy new year 2012-

    Greetings from Switzerland



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