Society of Ropeway Technicians (SORT)

About Us
SORT’s President will be giving two classes at Ski California Lift Maintenance & Operations Education Conference to be held in Squaw Valley June 4-6.

When Bad Maintenance Becomes Normal: An Examination of Failures in Other Industries. A look at common problems: their underlying condition, first realization and final steps that corrected the problems. Hard lessons learned that can be applied to the ropeway industry.

Wind Forecasting for Lift Maintenance Personnel: The promise of improved weather models has arrived. Easier to understand, updated with more frequency, clearer charts and mobile applications are here. Models that work best, resort specific forecasts, best charts and best graphic packages will be shown. The main focus will be on wind forecasts. A micro wind flow study of problem areas of local chairlifts will be presented. Plenty of pictures and charts for guidance will accompany this presentation.

A full set of online resources will be posted in the links section after the class presentations.

Ropeway Maintenance Conferences 2019
 
California: https://skicalifornia.org/LMOE

Canada West: https://cwsaa.org/cwsaa-spring-conference/

InterMountain: https://www.isaa.org/agenda

Massachusetts: http://www.ma-lms.org/

MidWest: http://www.msaaevents.org/general-event-information/

New York: https://www.iskinyexpo.com/2018-lift-training-schedule/

Pacific Northwest: http://www.pnsaa.org/schedule/

Rocky Mountain: http://www.rmla.org/


Organization Overview
Society of Ropeway Technicians (SORT) promotes technical information exchange to advance public and technician safety in settings involving ropeway systems. Specifically, SORT specializes in ropeway mechanical and electrical maintenance and operational safety.
Ropeways include: skier transportation conveyances such as tramways, gondolas, chairlifts and surface tows; also covered are similar systems that carry people or material not associated with the ski industry.

SORT is a nonprofit, independent organization and is not affiliated with any manufacturer, ownership interest group or union organization ~

Primary Focus

SORT’s primary objective is ropeway maintenance knowledge through an information exchange forum. Current discussion topics number more than 1000, with over 5000 pages of information.

We have over 500 members worldwide who have participated since 2003. Members include ski resort owners, government officials, tramway inspectors, ropeway manufacturers, engineers, and lift constructors. The majority of members are ropeway technicians. This exchange of information is significant for those technicians operating in isolated regions – or in organizations that do not have the institution of knowledge of larger operations.  



Current Topics

~ Mid-Season rollback brake testing~ B-77 Chairperson change~ 24 Hour Advance Wind Predictions ~ Tips for no-longer manufactured Ropeways ~ Tower Alignment… the most recent topics will be found in the information exchange and discussion forums.

Maintenance Information
If you are a mechanic, inspector, constructor, rigger, contactor, builder, engineer or welder looking for information or preventative maintenance tips on chairlift components, SORT’s extensive information exchange and members will have that data.
SORT has current information on bullwheels, gearbox, speed reducer, grip, clip, hanger, carrier, deicing, haul rope, tower, sheave, rigging, shaft, counterweight, electrical motor, brake, rollback brake, accelerator, drive, extensive electrical topics such as low and high voltage controls, and current incidents and past accidents.
 

Operating Principles

-To represent the views and objectives of our members, while keeping technician and public safety as a primary concern

-To remain independent from any agency or organization

-To place honorable practices and public service above all other considerations

-To ensure preventative practices to avoid placing any member in a compromising or unsafe situation

-To promote proficiency and facilitate information exchange through collaboration with other technicians on matters of mutual interest

-To develop, maintain and improve relations with agencies of common interest affecting the ropeway industry

-To support the tasks of ropeway technicians as an integral part of business management

 

SORT information exchange includes these ropeways - 

Bell

BMF

Borer

Borvig

Carlevario-Savio

Constam

CTEC

CWA

Doppelmayr

Garaventa

Girak

GMM

Habeger

Hall

Heron

Huntziger

Leitner

Miner-Denver

Montaz-Montino

Murray-Latta

Partek

PHB

Poma

PWH

Riblet

Ringer

Roebling

Ski Lifts International (SLI)

Sowobda

Stadeli

SunKid

Telecar

Thiokol

Tiegel

Von Roll

Yan 

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