Our Story

We believe the ride up is just as important as the run down. There's no better place to crack a beer and catch up with friends, than a double chair ride to the top. Bring that experience home.

How we started

Matt Evans and Donuts were co-founders at Ski Lift Designs along with Jacques and McCall Boiteau. In fact, Ski Lift Designs started in 2017 in Matt’s garage, with Donuts’ oversight. Ski Lift Design’s Global Headquarters have since moved to a proper workshop, much to the delight of Matt’s neighbors. Ski Lift Designs purchased its first batch of chairs from Matt’s hometown mountain, Mount Lemmon Ski Valley. Ski the Lemmon!

As Ski Lift Designs continued to grow along with the founders' professional lives, ownership was taken over by long-time team members, Nick & Trisha Kunsman in 2022. 

Read more about team members and founders on Our Team page. 


What drives us

First introduced in 1936, chairlifts have ferried countless skiers up mountains over the years. Historically moving at a leisurely pace and only allowing for two riders to sit side-by-side, traditional two-seat or double chairlifts offer more than just transport, they provide an opportunity for skiers to connect while enjoying mountain views and fresh air.

Unfortunately, more and more resorts are replacing their historic double chairlifts with high-speed quads, placing vertical feet and convenience above conversation and self-reflection.

At Ski Lift Designs, we’re a passionate group of skiers and outdoorsmen that seek to preserve that history and package double chair ski lifts into an artistic piece of furniture worthy of your home. We’ve obsessed over every detail from their original design, to materials selection, balance point, durability and installation kits – so you can enjoy your double chair for years to come. We invite you to browse our inventory or contact us for a custom project that's specific to your home.

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