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Am I glad I'm not in MT right now

post #1 of 14
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Just saw this video on Facebook.  We get bad wind in the east, but I'm not sure I've EVER seen this:
 

http://www.krtv.com/news/strong-winds-close-bridger-bowl-ski-area-video-/

post #2 of 14

tch, sibhusky beat you to the video in her thread yesterday. :) One has to wonder if damage was done to the haul rope.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/124763/serious-winds-at-bridger

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by GorgeSkier View Post
 

tch, sibhusky beat you to the video in her thread yesterday. :) One has to wonder if damage was done to the haul rope.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/124763/serious-winds-at-bridger

Whoops, sorry.  Didn't see it.

post #4 of 14

Musical chairs anyone?

post #5 of 14

Wasn't as bad a bit more NE here at Showdown, MT....  and the 10" of fresh powder on Friday (with zero winds) sure helps temper the slightly breezy days.  The drive off the hill last night though, Yikes!  It's only a 14 mile drive for me and took me roughly 50 minutes with a few times I lost the front edge of my car.  The Thundersnow was cool though.

post #6 of 14

Dancin' chairs.....the video just needs set to some music.

post #7 of 14

I don't know much about chairlift mechanics so maybe someone can answer this. Why are the chairs on the coming down side swinging so violently and the ones on the going up side seem pretty stable?

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by agreen View Post
 

I don't know much about chairlift mechanics so maybe someone can answer this. Why are the chairs on the coming down side swinging so violently and the ones on the going up side seem pretty stable?

 

I was wondering that was well?   Is it due to the way the chairs are facing on that side and the wind possibly 'catching them more' due to that?

post #9 of 14
I'm assuming if the wind is running more up the mountain, the down chair is forming more of a cup to catch the wind, while the up chair is shedding/splitting the wind more.
post #10 of 14

At Big Sky we've had a number of lift closings but nothing as dramatic as the video. Wind is forecast to slow down Monday.

post #11 of 14

The way the wind is blowing, it looks like its coming more or less left to right. Meaning it hits the down chairs first, sending them flying. Something like that creates a very effective wind break. By the time the air mass gets to the up chairs, it has lost most of its energy. Keep in mind, these are 400-500lbs chairs, it takes a good bit to move them. 

post #12 of 14

hope someone gets to these with a good phillips head before they send them up with people on them...

post #13 of 14
Safety bar's not going to do much for a person in those conditions.
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Safety bar's not going to do much for a person in those conditions.
No, but a good helmet would.
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