Ernst Constam  (deceased)

Year Inducted: 2003

Born:  December16, 1888      Zurich, SWI

Died: (unknown)

Ernst Constam, of Switzerland, was the first to invent a continuously circulating overhead cable which became the heart of the J-Bar, T-Bar, Pomalift, chairlift and gondola lift.   His circulating cable system was developed in 1934.  Skiers found his J-Bar to be a vast improvement over tow ropes and he was very successful installing these in Europe.  In 1936 he developed the two passenger T-Bar and within a few years moved his company to Colorado installing North America's first T-Bars in Vermont and  Quebec.  His lift designs played a great role in increasing skiing's popularity in the decades that followed.  


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