What makes us feel so safe and comfortable on a steel chair hanging 100 feet or more in the air? A ski lift like Squaw Valley’s KT-22, established in 1958 and then made an express lift in 2005, 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 Alta's Wildcat, Helbronner's Skyway, and Aspen’s Deep Temerity here.