Was This The Most Unique Ski Lift Ever? Park City’s “Skier’s Subway”


Skier Subway in Spiro Tunnel | Park City | J. Willard Marriott Digital Library

Courtesy: J. Willard Marriott Digital Library

Park City, Utah might of had the most unique (and unpractical) ski lift EVER.

This article posted in the New York Times on December 13, 1964 shares details of Park City’s “Skier’s Subway” used to transport skiers through old mining shafts.

The subway was used to ferry skiers 3 miles to the base of the Thaynes chairlift using the old Spiro drain tunnel. Skiers then took an elevator shaft to reach the surface at the base of Thaynes lift.

Skiers leaving Thaynes Shaft | Park City | J. Willard Marriott Digital Library

Skiers exiting the Thaynes elevator Shaft. Courtesy: Park City Museum

I know skiers will get creative for turns, but this is taking it to the next level.

The Skier’s Subway didn’t last long, and closed in 1969. The entire journey ended up taking close to an hour, if everything worked properly, which is frequently didn’t

The Park City Museum claims that most skiers treated the subway as a novelty and returned to more traditional lifts after one ride.

Would you have taken a ride on the Skier’s Subway?

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