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Used Ski Lift Chairs Can Make a Great Conversation Piece

June 16, 2017 blog


Old Chairlift..You’ve Had a Good Run!

Ski lift chairs have been used for years for transporting skiing enthusiasts up the hill. These are the detachable chairlift which can carry the maximum of three to eight passengers. These ski chair lifts are retired after some time of usage as they tend to become brittle and lose its quality after some time due to the climatic factors. As they are installed in those areas where there are heavy snowfall and cold weather conditions. Thus, for safety purpose, they are replaced once in a while. What after, are they thrown with the other garbage and stuff? No! They are reused. Used Ski lift chairs are pretty much high in demand. People are using used ski lift chair as a decorative item for their lawns and yards. It is not all; they are considering installing used ski lift chairs in their porches and gardens as they might prove to be an amazing conversation piece. People can use it as a sitting tool and also, it can prove to be a nice decorative piece which can make your home, garden or porch subtler and beautiful. There are various companies which provide with the services of restoring old ski lift chairs and converting it into a garden chair.

Old Used Ski Chair Lifts

Purchase Old Ski Chair Lifts From a US based resort

Ski Lift Chair Refurbishment
The ski resorts directly sell the ski lift chairs to these restoring companies. The restoration process is done with bare hand, and no machines are used. From scrubbing it from sand paper to getting it ready for paint, it takes some time. When they are supplied to the refurbishing companies, some of the ski lift chairs are corroded, others bear damaged parts, and some of them are in their worst conditions. Thus, the refurbishment is done keeping in mind all these factors. It has to be perfect to be used again. The workers pay strict attention even to the teeny-tiny details, and a special focus is given on how to make it safer. It is necessary as these ski lift chairs after renovation can carry the maximum weight of 600lbs (2-3 adults).
Used ski lift chairs sport the framework made from refurbished steel and maple wood slats (optional), it also provides customized wooden slats made from teak, mahogany, etc. For bearing maximum weights, new spring swings are installed that comes with standard eye hooks which are used in the ski resorts for mounting ski lift chairs. It also provides with the option of installing a face plate where you can add your home address, name or any other phrase you like. The paint job is done according to the demands of the customer, based on the surroundings of where it is going to be rested. Also, there are some certain upgrades available but only are installed on specific demands.

There are two versions

Swing and Bench
It is up to the customer how they want their used ski lift chair to be like. The refurbishment companies provide two options for it; you can either use it as a swing or as a bench. If you want to use it as a proper conversation piece, prefer bench and bench are also preferred where there is a shortage of space, like on the balcony or elsewhere. The swing version is preferred by those who have a large backyard or a garden as it requires larger space for movements. The swing versions are mounted with the standard swing springs for giving the natural feel of the skiing adventure, and that too in your garden or porch.

Used ski lift chair customization
The customizations are only done according to the likes and dislikes of the customer. From seat slats to framework and paint job, everything is done according to the criteria set by the customer. Also, it also matters where you are going to put it. Thus, your home surroundings are also taken into the consideration before getting it a complete makeover. One can choose from custom paints finishes and customized wooden slats. The wooden slats come in different shades of wooden texture and choose from maple, teak and mahogany woods. As these ski lift chairs were previously used to carry skiers top the mountain and the climatic conditions there made these ski lift chairs prone to get damaged after several years of use. Thus, restoring it becomes a tough task due to safety reasons as some of them are corroded and others worse. Thus, the restoration is done in such a way that during the customization, it doesn’t look bad at all. The face plate is optional and can be used to add your name, family name or any catchy phrase which defines you or the ski. Also, they are not made so much fancy, as they can only carry 2-3 people at a time, keeping it simple. The companies also don’t prefer too much customization as it will lose the authenticity of the ski lift chair.

Where to put them
Well, the refurbished ski lift chairs can attract eyes from anywhere. Mostly it is preferred installing outdoors, but if you have some extra space left inside your house, it could act as an excellent conversation piece. Also, where to put ski lift chairs also depends on the type of it. If it is a swinging ski lift chair, it requires some extra space to make the swings properly. Thus it is preferred outdoors like in the porch, backyard or the garden. It can also be installed on the terrace if you tend to spend some alone time soaking in the sun or the breeze. It is best for a terrace, and if customized properly, it can make your house look good too. On the other hand, bench ski lift chairs can be preferred both inside and outside the house, as it doesn’t do much of the swinging.
Apart from homes, used ski lift chairs are an excellent option for outdoor parks, amusement parks, outside a restaurant, or anywhere people socialize. It is a fun theme and really an incredible idea of using ski lift chairs as benches and swings.