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#1 Nor'eastSkier

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 10:59 AM


Saw this a while back and recently came across it again. Anyone have any clue how he's legally able to keep this operating in a fairly public manner (as in, he posts a decent number of videos with the lift included)? I believe it's in Cali near Tahoe, so I'd have to imagine regulations are pretty tight.

Mainly just curious as I'm daydreaming about building something similar in the distant future.


#2 Vincen

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 10:46 PM

Well so long it's on a private land and for it's own exclusive use I guess you can do nearly what you want ;)

#3 william b

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 05:27 AM

Every state is different, of course. In New Hampshire, any tramway installation (including private) needs to be approved by the New Hampshire Passenger Tramway Safety Board; design and construction to be certified by a NH licensed engineer to meet current standards.


#4 sheave

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 09:26 AM

There is another private lift in the making, but it's down under: https://www.facebook...77578276377476/

#5 NHskier13

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 08:17 PM

Was looking up trying to find literature about NH tramway safety standards per what william b said. I think if you're after specifics you want section 300 here : http://www.gencourt....encies/pas.html
Some of the forms that go with lifts in NH : https://www.nh.gov/s.../documents.html

But yeah between the lack of any way to stop/start the lift other than interacting with that motor, the carrier with no safety bar (or backrest lol) using what appears to be surface lift towers (narrow line gauge) and wheels for a chairlift (not a huge problem if it's just you there, but it might go against the grain for regulations designed around lifts that move hundreds) that chair would probably not see approval here, and assuming other new england states are as strict as here, you'd have to move pretty far to do it (https://liftblog.com...-tramway-board/).

Just some stuff I found I thought you'd be interested in reading.
Youtube (Lift rides and stuff) https://www.youtube....I9OAqTC5uld-6oQ

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