One ongoing problem we have at Stowe is with our gondola, more specifically the ski rack on the gondola doors. There is a rack on each door. Each rack has four spots on it, making a total of eight spots for skis. In front of this is a single wide spot, which one would assume would be for a snowboard. It is an eight person gondola, so logic would state everybody should have plenty of room for equipment.
In practice, there are a number of problems with this system.
First, the front slot does not hold snowboards securely, so all snowboarders are required to take their boards into the cabin. It's not awful, but it would be nice if they didn't have to do that.
Second, the vertical rack that you slide the tails of the skis into does not account for twin tips. If you have twin tips, you typically have to take them apart and use two slots. If you have a gondola full of twin tip skiers, you suddenly run out of spots at 4 people.
Third, the ski slots are obviously not of unlimited width. People with fat skis cannot fit them in the slots, and have to put their skis on the floor of the cabin, where they are in people's foot space and get kicked. By fat, I mean my skis max out the slots with a 129mm tail.
Fourth, on very windy days (of which we have many at Stowe), skis will blow out of the racks, which causes skis to come falling right down onto the trail from the gondolas above. Not exactly the safest thing in the world.
So, the solution to the problem would be a rack that would securely hold any equipment on the exterior of the cabin, and would have the ability to quickly and easily insert and remove the equipment (8 people should be able to load and unload their equipment and themselves in about 30 seconds).