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Jack M

Wind Proof Chairlift?

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Why does this not exist??

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Or does it?  It could be pulled by the usual cable.  Of course the rails would have to be heated.  Wonder how fast it could go... 😄

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And the dismount speed? Or were you wanting a push start to your downhill run?

Practically it would have to like express lifts with the chair/gondola slowed for entry and exit. Deicing after a storm would be a major problem to get unless you heat the rails which adds substantially to the power consumption.

And the more uphill capacity a lift has the more people you have to share your favourite carving run with.

Be careful what you wish for.

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6 hours ago, SunSurfer said:

Practically it would have to be like express lifts with the chair/gondola slowed for entry and exit

Right.  At the top and bottom the chair would detach from the haul rope and be guided through the terminal in the typical way.

6 hours ago, SunSurfer said:

Deicing after a storm would be a major problem to get unless you heat the rails

 

17 hours ago, Jack M said:

Of course the rails would have to be heated. 

The heat wouldn't have to be always on.

6 hours ago, SunSurfer said:

And the more uphill capacity a lift has the more people you have to share your favourite carving run with.

Be careful what you wish for.

I'm not really wishing for more uphill capacity, just a lift that would almost never go on wind hold, and would never do this.  The speed comment was just for a chuckle.  Yes there are funitels and funiculars, but they take up a lot more space, are very expensive, and I think this could be built for less.

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Oh my, those poor people on those storm tossed chairs! That is some incredible footage.

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