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Some nostalgic thoughts about ski lifts

T-Bar Ski Lift - Courtesy of

Having recently spent a day skiing in the Swiss Alps, it occurred to me how drastically technology has changed since my childhood. Most traditional ski lifts have now been replaced by high-speed, six eight-place chairlifts with a throughput of as many as 4000 passengers per hour.

Flumserberg Chair Lift

Ski Lift Nostalgia

I wanted to reflect on this observation and travel back in time with you. Remember how the ski lift operator would hand you the T-bar, holding a cigar in his other hand? And the "Ländler" folk music blaring from a radio nearby, or the small conversations with friends or random strangers on the way to the top? Sometimes, the lift would stop half-way because of teenagers horsing around and falling off their T-bars...

Ski Lift in Armenia (Wikipedia)

For the most part, this is history now. The latest chairlifts feature six eight seats, go at insane speeds and are plastered with advertisements for local hotels and bars. Privacy is pretty much a thing of the past, as you have to share your ride with all these strangers eavesdropping on your conversations.

I wonder how much longer it will take for the iLift, a Google powered touchscreen informing about slope conditions while delivering ads for sunscreen!
Swiss T-Bar Ski Nostalgia
Maybe it helps to get over the drawbacks and accept these technological marvels for what they are, as your butt is now being kept nice and toasty on the way to the top...

Please share your memories and thoughts in the comments!

(Photos courtesy of Wikipedia,

Dimitri Burkhard

As the founder, editor and community manager of Newly Swissed, Dimitri owns the strategic vision. He is passionate about storytelling and is a member of the Swiss Travelwriters Club.

Dimitri loves discovering new trends and covers architecture, design, start-ups and tourism.

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