7 Different Types Of Ski Lifts You Should Know About!

If you are planning a ski trip, then you would surely be worried about long queues to reach the skiing area. It is a fact that skiing is becoming more and more popular every single day due to the fun and adventures it offers. And of course, we all know that skiing is a seasonal sport played in the winters, and that is why many people visit ski resorts to ski.

To make things comfortable for the skiers, many ski resorts have integrated different types of ski lifts to reduce rush in peak hours and offer quick transport to the skiers. But do you know what the different types of ski lifts are and how they work? If not, then let’s find out and take a brief look at their work.

All common types of ski lifts you might use for skiing!

Following are all of the most common types of ski lifts that you might use for skiing. So go through each of them and see which one would offer you the best thrills and comfort on your ski trip.

types of ski lifts

1. Chairlifts

Hands down, chairlifts are the most common types of ski lifts you would find anywhere in the world. The thing is, chairlifts have been used for many decades now, and they are not only used for skiers, but for enjoyment purposes too. Many people visit snowy areas just to get a ride on a chairlift and enjoy the surroundings. 

But if we specifically talk about chair lifts for skiing purposes, they can carry many people at once. It precisely depends on the size, structure, and weight support of the chairlift to determine how many people can sit at once. But usually, 6 to 10 persons can easily fit in there without creating many problems. 

As for how chairlifts work, the chairlift is attached with a cable wire, and it is also considered the best aerial transport for the skiers. The front of the chairlifts is always open, and you can easily look around you and enjoy the cold breezes sitting in there comfortably.

2. Gondola Lifts

After the chairlifts, there come the gondola lifts that seem little protective and easy to ride in. The reason why people consider gondola lifts safe is that these types of lifts are packed from all sides. In other words, you can even call gondola lifts, a small compartment attached with the wire to transport you to the other side.

Surely, you won’t have to worry about sliding through the front and falling all the way down in the snow. But you will not be able to enjoy the cold breezes and the original look from the inside. 

Besides that, gondola lifts are usually quite big and are suitable for big families wanting to travel at once. Gondola lifts can fit in about 12-15 people with ease without even creating weight issues. The gondola compartments are divided into two seating, both on each side so that everyone could get vast space to walk it or out.

3. Funifors

Funifors are not really common at ski resorts, but they surely exist at many ski resorts too. Funifors work just like the gondola lifts, but the only difference comes in their wire attaching method. Instead of attaching the cabin with only one wire, funifors use four cable sleeves on which it slides.

This is why funifor lifts are considered very durable and reliable for skiers to travel around. Not only that, but funifors are quite stable too. If the environment is very windy and snow is falling quite heavily, you will not have to worry about your balance or the cabin to move rapidly as your funifor will remain sturdy all the time. Of course, the four cables support is the main reason behind that much durability and feasibility. 

As for the capacity, funifors can also support 12-15 people with ease. The whole cabin is packed from all sides, and if you want to see what is happening outside, you will have to do so through the door windows or back transparent glasses.

4. Funiculars 

Have you ever been on a train? If yes, then you won’t really mind having yourself on the funiculars. Funiculars work just like the usual trains as they proceed on rails. Funiculars comprise different compartments to carry the skiers or passengers all the way up or down.

Besides that, as funiculars work on rails, there is no fear of losing control, sturdiness, or any other danger. And yes, funiculars are closed too. You won’t be able to enjoy the outside until or unless you get permission to open the door or the window.

5. T-Bars Lifts

These types of lifts are specifically developed for the ones who want to travel and enjoy skiing at the same time. Besides that, T-Bar lifts work only for the individuals as you have to hold down on a T-Shaped bar. That T-Bar is attached to a string, and that string pushes you forward.

T-Bars can also be difficult to ride on if you are trying them for the first time. That is why it is actually recommended to first learn how to balance yourself while skiing and then try T-Bar lifts. Make sure to wear and use proper protective gear when using T-Bars, as, of course, you can fall due to the unbalancing or speed.

6. Button Lifts

In T-bars or drag lifts, you have to hold on to the wire with your hands and then ski through all the way. But with button lifts, the scenario is quite different. Buttons lifts might also seem weird to you, but it can be really fun too. And yes, button lifts are for only individuals, and you cannot use them with anyone else.

If we talk about how button lifts work, then these lifts contact a metal pole along with a large circle. That circle comes attached to the pole at the end. That pole is then attached to the moving wire that could make you go forward.

Now, to the main question, how do you ride a button lift? Well, all you actually have to do is grab the pole and put the circle right between your legs. Right after you put the circle or the button between your thighs, you will have to quickly squeeze it. It will allow you to get a proper hold of it. This is how you will be moving forward with the button lifts, having free arms and a great experience.

7. Magic Carpets

This is probably the very easiest and arguably the slowest mode of travel while skiing. Just like the usual stair elevators, magic carpets consist of a belt. This belt is integrated within the snow that moves and takes anyone on it forward. These types of lifts are usually used by children only, but adults can use them too. You just have to maintain your balance, and you will be good to go for the whole ride.


So these are the few types of ski lifts that you might get across at any ski resort. So keep your eyes wide open when you visit any ski resort and see what options they offer. At that precise point, you will be able to know which would work best for you according to your preferences.

Mitchelle Lynn