A while back, Zeke from the Ski Channel emailed me, asking about some of my pictures from a hike at Kratka Ridge. Unbeknownst to me, this short, pleasant hike in the upper San Gabriels was holding a piece of skiing history – one of the last remaining single-person chairlifts in the country.
I’m not much of a skier, myself, but I’m a sucker for history, and this week the Ski Channel posted it’s write-up of the history of the single-person chairlift. It’s an interesting read with some great historical photos of early chairlifts, as well as lots of information on the Kratka Ridge lift. Worth a read for skiers and amateur mountain historians of all stripes.
He has also been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, and the Associated Press, as well as in documentaries for Columbia Sportswear and the OTIS College of Art and Design.
Casey was one of eight people chosen by the National Parks Foundation to participate in the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition and is currently writing a book on day hikes in Los Angeles for Mountaineers Books.
This post was written by Casey Schreiner on August 6, 2009