What makes us feel so safe and comfortable on a steel chair hanging 100 feet or more in the air? A ski lift like Itlay’s Helbronner Skyway, established in 2015, is more than metal and mechanics. It’s a manmade construct that lead us to nirvana, influencing ourdecisions and allowing us to feel connected…to ourselves, friends, and strangers.

A Powder Productions Original, the Iconic Lifts series, presented by Strafe Outerwear is a series of short episodes featuring interviews and skiing from prestigious places. Each lift has a story, where men and women toiled to bring us these modes of transportation to augment the ski experience.

Watch all four episodes, including Squaw Valley’s KT-22, Alta’s Wildcat, and Aspen’s Deep Temerity here.