when did dino stop?

Joined: February 21st, 2017, 7:37 pm

February 21st, 2017, 7:50 pm #1

I know I rode that lift in the early 80's - it went up and over to hidden valley. I took lessons from Husky (UW) sports and remember using it. Cannot find a date when it actually stopped. Wikipedia says 1971 which I know is wrong since I didn't start skiing till 1974. I remember how the funky unload at the top serving both hidden valley and Milwaukee road was a cluster.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 21st, 2017, 11:46 pm #2

The last it was running I believe was the 87/88 season. After that PacWest went into bankruptcy and the area ran for 4 years under the ownership of the bank. The courts awarded the purchase to go to Ski Lifts Inc. in 1992.

I heard the reason for its stoppage was the tower footings were coming loose. It was a poor design and put a lot of stress on the towers. Also it was very expensive to fix because all parts had to be specially manufactured because Murray Latta who built the thing was not really into the lift building business so there were no spare parts.

Hope this helps.
Last edited by hyak on February 21st, 2017, 11:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Brandon
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March 1st, 2017, 4:13 am #3

Pretty fascinating. I thought the part about the brake system failing was fact? Anyone know more?
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