Here is great article by Tom Patton of Snowbird Resort, “Seldom Seen- But They’ve Got Your Back”, published in Utah Adventure Journal.
Tom certainly knows the ins and outs of lift operations and maintenance and his story is one that all skiers and snowboarders and even ski owners ought to read to get an appreciation for what the men and women of lift maintenance provide to our beloved ski areas.
Another series of articles from the Keene Sentinel out of Keene, NH presents some commentary of the oversight of lifts by state agencies, something that might be troubling to our industry, especially where in some states there are good solid relationships that do protect the guest riding lifts. This series of articles tracks a roll back at a small ski area in New Hampshire.
Ski lift inspections, regulations vary broadly by state
Part I of III: How stringent is state ski-lift oversight?
Part III of III: Incident report: Inside Granite Gorge’s chairlift inspections, mishaps
Oversight, staffing of ski-lift safety a concern – Editorial
What does come away from reading the Keene articles is that there is a broad spectrum of oversight. For me having worked only in Vermont where there is a full time dedicated staff knowledgeable in lift construction, maintenance and operation the breadth of difference is difficult to understand.