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#1 skiersage

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 05:56 PM

A while ago someone was wondering who made the Odin double at Norway mountain. Well I took a trip there today and I found out that the two doubles are made by Sneller. They are a bit different than most other chairlifts but are interesting none the less. Now for pics.

The following are of the thor double:

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#2 Snoqualmie guy

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 07:24 PM

In picture #3 the chairs were different looking how they bent foward then up. In picture #4 there are no sheaves on the top which I seldom see.

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 06:08 AM

Bump. Anybody have info on Sneller? The two doubles at Norway are Sneller's. Per the installation survey, they were built by Rice at a ski area called "Norvul" in 1974. This makes sense as Norway's original name was Vulcan USA and sits between the towns of Norway and Vulcan...thus Norvul. Rice appears in 1973 and the last Sneller was built 1972. Did the company change hands/names before going out of business? I asked my dad when he started skiing Vulcan, and he recalled 1974 when it first opened. More nerdy curiosity than anything I guess.
I'll also try and scare up the photos my mom took from late 70s/early 80s of a chair evac there on Christmas Eve of the Odin Chair. Might have been while the place was called Briar Mountain briefly. Lifty derailed the depress assembly swinging chairs. My dad was an off-duty ski instructor and helped with the evac as management had no plan in place. Sounds like the owners sat in the Chalet and watched :angelic:

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 08:48 AM

Interesting, I know they sold a bunch of surface lifts too.


At one point there was still a "Sneller" corporation in New York, or at least contact information for it. Does anyone know if they just shut the doors on the company or if someone bought them out or?
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Posted 03 September 2018 - 07:58 PM

SAM chairlift install survey shows 6 Sneller lifts-one built in 1968 and 5 built in 1970.

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Posted 21 February 2021 - 12:32 AM

View Posticeberg210, on 03 September 2018 - 08:48 AM, said:

At one point there was still a "Sneller" corporation in New York, or at least contact information for it. Does anyone know if they just shut the doors on the company or if someone bought them out or?

Sneller Ski Lift Co. of Euclid, Ohio was bought in March 1973 by a company named B.A. Rice Industries Inc. of Canandaigua, NY. So everything that is Rice on SAM is that company and not Sneller. They installed their first chairlift as Rice-Sneller Co. for $108,000 at the private ski area Ski Valley Club north of Naples, NY. The ski area went bankrupt in 2000. In 2007, the lift was still there, but it looks like the towers have been removed now. Their 1970 T-bar might have been a Sneller too as it looks like this Sneller: https://liftblog.com...r-brantling-ny/

According to SAM, the company's second chairlift was installed at Snow Valley in Ontario. I contacted the area to find out more, but they haven't replied yet.

Sneller Ski Lift Co. (and Sneller Industries) was founded by William R. Sneller. He passed away in 1986 and has likely built "ski lifts in six states".

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Posted 21 February 2021 - 12:18 PM

Great information sheave. Thanks!
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