Ernst Constam (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2003
Born: December16, 1888 Zurich, SWI
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.