I thought that in North America they sold the used lifts? Like you still have to buy the lift from the hill, and then pay for the costs of shipping and installation. In the places in europe I listed, it is actual law that if a lift is placed down you can not change in any ways. No support towers mid stations or making longer is allowed. So when a lift isn't working out the way they would like it, it pretty much makes it useless. Thus why they give it away for free.
In North America you can buy used lifts from other ski hills. Whitewater in BC bought their triple chair from Vail, and their silverking chair from Whistler. They both had to actually pay for the lift itself though.
"not that i have any issues against busted, coked out hoes." - loganimlach