Nate Weiner

This is an old archived post from my former blog The Idea Shower. It's where I cataloged my product explorations and releases, one of which ultimately became Pocket.

This post was published back in 2008. It may not function as originally intended or may be missing images.


December 17, 2008
  • View Prices of lift tickets at mountains/hills worldwide.
  • Filter based on price, vertical, distance and other factors
  • Sort based on many factors
  • Community Editable Prices and resort information is fully editable by the community.


LiftSift is a light-weight tool made to discover a user's perfect skiing destination based lift-ticket price, vertical, distance, and a number of other options.

How It Came to Be

While trying to plan a ski trip with some friends I realized that there was no simple way to get an overall view of all the resorts in the US and what their prices were.  This meant that I'd have to first know of a resort, then Google it and look through their website.  Or at least pick a region, then drill down by state -> resort -> price.  Either way, both approaches were very slow.

I wanted it the other way around.  I wanted to be able to see what places had the best prices and I wanted to be able to filter out the small hills (<1000ft).  On top of that, I did not want to have to be limited to only the resorts I had heard of.

So instead, I spent a Sunday afternoon putting together the site and hand entering data and LiftSift was born.

Narrow It Down

LiftSift is dead simple, so there is not much more to explain!  Open it up and move some sliders around.  It's easy to sift through the list.

Say you want to find a ski resort with at least 2000 ft of vertical, within a day's driving distance for under $70 a day?  No problem.

Drag the price slider to show $0 -> $70, the vertical slider to 2000 ft+ and the distance slider to 0 miles -> 800 miles.  The list will automatically update to show you your options.


Data is fully editable by any user.  Feel free to submit a new location or edit an existing one.