Thank goodness for the ski lift!
Did you know that Omaha Native and Union Pacific Engineer, James Curran, invented the ski chairlift?? A chairlift may seem like an unlikely project for a railroad company, but, in the 1930s, Union Pacific developed the first destination ski resort in the United States (Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho.) The idea was that building a resort-style ski area in the U.S. would help boost passenger rail travel. Sure enough, high-end vacationers flocked to Sun Valley Resort when it opened in December 1936, with the world’s first chairlifts.