Freestyle skiing and snowboarding is a growing aspect of ski resorts internationally. Traditional chairlifts have been found to be too slow for riders during competition, so hiking became mandatory. Ski Haus, a local winter sports retail and rental shop in Flagstaff Arizona, has begun hosting these competitions at Arizona Snowbowl. Due to the largest turn out of competitors in 2020, it is only expected to grow. With the time limit and hiking requirement of these competitions, Ski Haus has been searching for a portable tow rope that can be utilized to efficiently transport their competitors back up the slope. This capstone project will center around the design and build of a portable, motorized device able to haul skiers and snowboarders up a slope via a rope. The Ski Haus capstone team will produce a tow rope that satisfies the specifications required by Ski Haus as well as provide complete safety for the users of the device.



Ski Haus is a local retail and rental shop in Flagstaff, Arizona who prioritizes our community. They began hosting rail jam competitions at Arizona Snowbowl in 2020 to promote community gathering within the love for this sport. The competiton had the largest competitor outcome ever seen at Snowbowl, truely emphasizing the impact this local shop has. With these events and many others to come, the designed tow rope will promote a safer and more professional setting