Lift 80: 62' and 56°, Short, Steep, and Spectacular

Model: 4-Person (750-pound capacity)
Track: 62' long at 56°, or a 50' rise
Year: 2018

Our first lift of 2018, our third in Quebec, and our most challenging lift to date. We had a 60° slab of slate to build on and had to epoxy nearly 20 36" long 3/4" diameter hardened steel into into the rock. For the first time since 2004 we built from the bottom up. No problem. Well, no insurmountable problems.

The result is a spectacular lift that the locals call the Stairway to Heaven.


The owner wanted to keep the lift as low as possible so it would not interfere with the view from the Spa, which is on the other side of the chairs. That view is a special part of the Spa experience, something that's easy to understand when on site.


John enjoying a quiet moment in the car. Once we get a lift going we use it as much as we can, even when it's a bit of a stretch to get in and out at one end, as is the case here. The upper station will be built in the next few weeks and will incorporate the upper button box, currently protected by a heavy plastic bag and tied to a tree, and the gate interlock. We're working with those two contractors to ensure it all works together.

We had great support from the local contractors and would not have got this lift in without great work from Oscar on his excavator and Pierre, the groundskeeper.


Looking down the track. The photo doesn't do the lift justice. It takes a few moments to get comfortable with the angle.


Looking up at the car halfway up the track. The angle formed by the track and the car floor give a sense of the steepness.


The car tucks in nicely at the bottom, completely out of the way and still nearby.