Now for the assessment - this chute idea is a complete mistake. On the "pre-timed" one, twice I ended up separated from my kid because I let her go a second or two before me so I can watch her and also give her a little push since I'm holding her poles at that point. Before I could then get through the gate, it closed on me! No way they can let a 4 y.o. ride up alone, so I had to walk AROUND the gates (because they apparently don't have a manual override to open them) while everybody waited and my kid is panicking. Second, the chutes themselves are a ridiculous idea, because there is no width to wedge or skate. You have to completely rely on your poles, or grab onto the sides of the chute. They are wide enough for a boarder to "stomp" through, but not by much. And finally, the complete automation creates real risks when the staff isn't able / prepared to quickly shut down the lift... actual example, my wife fell when the gate opened (because she is a beginner and couldn't control herself with a wedge, so she lost her balance a little, panicked and bailed... but as she is sitting on the ground, the lift chair comes around and the corner just misses her head by about an inch! And the lift attendant, instead of shutting off the chair, is telling her to lie down so the chair can go over her head... WTF! I'm sure some "risk officer" decided these chutes were a great way to keep people from tangling up when loading, and get more people onto each chair, but they are a disaster.
That plus the metal riot fencing that was used to seperate the lanes seemed like a good way to wreck folks bases.
If anyone else has experienced this nonsense, I hope you post here as well so that other skiers experiences and opinions about this development can be noted.