About the ski lift--I attended a wedding where the reception was at a restaurant at a ski area. The bride and groom were Olympic/professional skiers. The restaurant was up on the side of the mountain.
The ski lift was the main way of getting there. There was a bus for those who didn't want to use the ski lift, but it only ran up the mountain once or twice.
I had never been on a ski lift before. We were all dressed up, with dresses and heels.
It was fun. The groom's brothers were stationed at the top of the ski lift to help people scramble off. They did stop the lift when the bride reached the top, as getting off with her train and heels would have been a bit tricky, plus the bride and groom had packed most of their attendants (all their nieces and nephews, ages 3-7) into the lift with them.
No problems with skirts billowing up. No one lost their shoes. And because it was October, the foliage was fantastic.
But the key thing, I think, is that there was an alternative to the ski lift.
And I have a great picture of the bride and groom and all the kids in their seat on the lift, with the train of the wedding gown floating in the air, and all the reds and oranges of the trees under them.