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Peak 2 Peak Gondola, Rescue ?

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Hi Everyone

 

Does anyone know how they will perform a rescue from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola? I have seen it practiced on normal lifts, by lowering people using climbing gear, and the Rescuer arriving at the Gondol/chair by the cable, but up to 1500 feet above groud is a lot

Has it been practiced and is there a youtbube thing on it. (And yes I have tried my friend Google).

 

Thanks in advance

TheDane

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Hi Everyone

 

Does anyone know how they will perform a rescue from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola? I have seen it practiced on normal lifts, by lowering people using climbing gear, and the Rescuer arriving at the Gondol/chair by the cable, but up to 1500 feet above groud is a lot

Has it been practiced and is there a youtbube thing on it. (And yes I have tried my friend Google).

 

Thanks in advance

TheDane

 

You didnt try very hard.

 

 

The Peak 2 Peak Gondola has a number of unique safety systems that go above and beyond what a normal ski lift features. The gondola has high wind stability and is designed to operate in winds up to 80 km/h.[40] Whistler-Blackcomb has called the Peak 2 Peak Gondola the most wind tolerant lift on Whistler Blackcomb. Testing at other Doppelmayr 3S installations have measured sustained winds at 120 km/h (75 mph) with no decrease in performance.

The lift is powered by an electric motor on Whistler Mountain; however an auxiliary diesel engine can take over in the case of primary engine failure or if there is a power outage. The lift also has a redundant braking system. Both bullwheels have emergency brakes to stop the gondola if there is a primary braking system failure. In addition, each terminal has two sets of tire conveyors, either of which can accelerate and decelerate cabins out of and into the terminals.

In the event of a catastrophic failure, an evacuation can be performed. For cabins that are near the terminals, passengers are lowered down by rope from the cabins. For cabins that are too high off the ground for a rope evacuation, cabins are winched along the track cables to towers 2 and 3 where passengers are then lowered to the ground by rope by Ski Patrol members.

In addition, the gondola is equipped with a state of the art Obstacle Collision Avoidance System that uses radar to alert aircraft of the gondola as an obstacle. Strobe lights and loud noises over all radio frequencies are used to alert pilots who come too close to the gondola.[41]

 

 

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haha

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

OK I did find that, what I wanted to find was that had actually tested it, by lowering af bunch of eg. Employees, and moved the gondolas to tower 2 and 3.

The statement about we have build a gondola that is so safe, that we dont need to test our abillity to get people out of the gondola, is not reassuring to me.

 

Thanks for info

TheDane

 

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Everything is checked on every lift, every day, before every morning start.  It gets checked by "Mountain Ops".  "Mountain Ops" are NOT the "lifites" that you see standing at the top and bottom of the lift and saying "have a good day" with foreign accents.  "Mountain Ops" are the guys in black, that you see with snowmobiles.  They are all qualifed tradesman, ie electricians.  They are the ones who really run the lifts, qualified and highly trained with years of expereince.  They go up several hours before every start up by snowmobile and do a full check on everything...they even check the cable splice every day.

 

So on the Gondola all of the safety systems are checked daily (ie the check that if they had to they could winch the gondola to the towers) etc.  Once at the towers, evac would be pretty straight forward for pro patrol.

 

Like Mountain Ops WB Pro Patrol are not employees from Aus or the UK on their GAP year.  They are highly qualifed and trained, years of experience, some are ex-miliatry SARTEC, some are paramedics, etc.

 

 

 

Having said all that....unfortunatley WB does not have a flawless safety record, but I do think they do an excellant job overall.

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