Screen-Shot-2022-03-03-at-4.28.21-PM On a clear, cold day early morning skiers ride the Red Lady chairlift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Crested Butte, Colorado. (Dean Krakel)

Peter Landsman fell in love with chairlifts when he first started skiing as a toddler in Washington. 

He started documenting chairlifts — notes on length, age, capacity, with photographs — when he was 10, adding all the chairs from Crystal Mountain, Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass into a spreadsheet.

Late last month, the now-32-year-old lift supervisor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort flew to upstate New York, rented a car and visited Hickory ski area. Then he went to Saddleback in Maine and rode the ski area’s new T-bar. Landsman now has documented, ridden and photographed 2,381 chairlifts at about 480 resorts in the U.S. 

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