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Sun Valley? Cairngorm.
post #32 of 43
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Anyone know where this used to be.

 

 

 

Brownie points if you have had a ride on it.

I believe that is the machine they use to make Soylent Green.

 

The little gondola that goes from the Mer de Glace to Montenvers is pretty sketchy. Not to mention the fact that the lower end is now hundreds of feet above the rapidly melting glacier.The picture doesn't capture the sketchiness. (The Aiguille du Midi tram is pretty ancient as well.)

Gondolas down to Montenvers Mer de Glace, from below lower station 

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I believe that is the machine they use to make Soylent Green.

 

 

IT'S PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLL!!!!!!:eek:eek:eek:eek:eek:rotflmao:

post #34 of 43
Glenshee has a 1 man chair the Cairnwell dating from 1962
http://www.ski-glenshee.co.uk/Cairnwell-Chairlift

But the picture is the old White Lady at Cairngorm. Spent some happy times on that lift and a memorable weekend after Easter when the whole face opposite filled in 3 ft deep.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xD7-brUuEHM


And while we are at it because it was linked this is a very nice film on modern Scottish skiing

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=70OcPt3lnLE
post #35 of 43
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Glenshee has a 1 man chair the Cairnwell dating from 1962
http://www.ski-glenshee.co.uk/Cairnwell-Chairlift

But the picture is the old White Lady at Cairngorm. Spent some happy times on that lift and a memorable weekend after Easter when the whole face opposite filled in 3 ft deep.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xD7-brUuEHM


And while we are at it because it was linked this is a very nice film on modern Scottish skiing

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=70OcPt3lnLE

Yup, that is the original cairngorm chair. Looks like the lower one. There was a similar one on the upper section, white lady, which was the first to go in (circa 1961 I think). The lower one went in about 63/64. Know them well as that is where I learned to ski. Can also remember on Saturday mornings there would be a 30 minute line all the way down the steps for it
post #36 of 43

Regarding the Goldola at Lusen they do have a long term plan to replace it within the next 2-3 years.

 

I really with they wouldn't as I love the thing, but they will eventually.  I think the maintenance on it is just too much for them to deal with.  I haven't seen it shut down very often.   It's so much fun and my kids just love the thing.

 

It actually takes you from one area of the resort to another so it's not really possible to lap it.  Before they put that in (in 1989 I believe) they used to use buses to get people back and forth from the 2 main areas.  Obviously this is a huge improvement.  

 

Lutsen has some of the oldest ski lifts in the entire midwest I should mention, including two ancient center pole doubles.   A few years ago they got a used triple from Vail that they put in as a mid-mountain lift of one of the main hills.   Very nice lift actually for not being high speed.  Foot rests and everything.

 

Center pole doubles are VERY hard to get a 6 year old onto safely FYI.   They slow it down for me and my son everytime.

post #37 of 43
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Regarding the Goldola at Lusen they do have a long term plan to replace it within the next 2-3 years.

 

It actually takes you from one area of the resort to another so it's not really possible to lap it.  Before they put that in (in 1989 I believe) they used to use buses to get people back and forth from the 2 main areas.  Obviously this is a huge improvement.  

FYI, Lutsen sometimes doesn't open the Gondola and you can ski both to and from Moose but there are some flat parts.  Not bad for an adult if you keep your speed up. 

 

I know Lutsen says they'll replace the Gondola but I am a bit skeptical.  I wouldn't be surprised if they just removed it and/or, added a chairlift to better link the two areas.

post #38 of 43
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Built by American Wire & Cable.  Same chair at Mad River Glen as the one pictured on Baldy.


Not the same chair as MRG. MRG's single chairs face forward, not to the side like this lift's. It also doesn't have the odd metal structure under the chair as the previous photo does:

 

I know this is the "new" Doppelmayr lift that went in in 2007, but the seats are replicas of the originals. They never faced sideways.

post #39 of 43

^^^  You also don't have to take your skis off on the MRG single...  It looks like the skiers in the original photo are holding their skis

 

I guess the idea was to spare your legs the strain of god-only-knows-how-heavy-those-skis-were pulling down while you rode up?

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FYI, Lutsen sometimes doesn't open the Gondola and you can ski both to and from Moose but there are some flat parts.  Not bad for an adult if you keep your speed up. 

 

I know Lutsen says they'll replace the Gondola but I am a bit skeptical.  I wouldn't be surprised if they just removed it and/or, added a chairlift to better link the two areas.

 

 

Yup,  I've never skied to Moose, but I've seen it on a video and it's pretty easy to get all the way there without poling much.   In the vid I saw a snowboard did almost the whole distance with a good head of speed.

 

I've tried skiing back at 3:30 in the afternoon with two extremely tired kids and wouldn't recommend it.  Ever.  Two big flat/uphill sections near the end are not fun, and then you still need to ride the lift all the way to the top to ski down to you car...

 

I agree that they may not replace the gondola right away as it would be CRAZY expensive and they just paid a ton (the most money they've ever spent) on the high speed 6 pack.   That's the nicest lift I've ever ridden though.  

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When I learned to ski in the early 60's in Minnesota, we only had a high speed detachable rope tow...
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When I learned to ski in the early 60's in Minnesota, we only had a high speed detachable rope tow...
I 💚 surface lifts. Single on a T-bar.
post #43 of 43

This year they will start to replace the Tee Pee Town Chair (built in 1979) at Sunshine in Banff Canada with a bubble chair with heated seats.  This had to be the slowest/coldest chair in North America!  Always stopped due to high wind when I was on it,  Still have the numb toes d/t frosbite to prove it. Glad to see it replaced with a much faster lift! http://www.skibanff.com/sunshine-village-news/sunshine-village-will-soon-have-the-hottest-chair-in-canada/

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