Originally Posted by offpiste
Sweet! I bet that makes for a good time. I can just see a chair crashing through a mass of gapers with their butts in the air picking up the pole they dropped, or a poma platter whipping around the bullwheel and cracking some poser in the head.(skiing is
an inherently risky sport) How about 8 people trying to sit in 4 seats? Now thats
Thanks for the laugh man. That brought some funny pictures to mind.
I can´t speak for Europe as such but at the places I know and ski no major problems arise.
One simple reason might be the lower level of "skiing illiteracy" (no offense meant) in traditional ski countries I know (ex-Czechoslovakia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy) with smaller numbers of confused first-timers.
(An interesting observation: in the parts of the season with the highest concentration of unskilled beginners the traditional horror days for the lift crews are Sunday and Monday, i.e. the first two days the people learn to use the lift.)
If you prepare the people in the line early enough to line up in groups of four the occurrence of confusions is remarkably reduced. (There might also be a curve at right angles before you reach the critical area which helps some when placed correctly, etc.)
The quads with detachable seats are much more easier to use than those where the seats don´t slow down.
There are no Poma parts "whipping around the bullwheel" but the start is nothing for beginners, agreed.
In some peak times it might sometimes be better to have line organizers at work but they don´t belong to the ski culture here.
The trend is to reduce the number of liftees on the payroll. I know a lot of T-bars with one guy in each of the two liftshacks, the lift itself being self-service. A chip card in the pocket communicating with the electronic reader of the other "gate" is becoming standard in many resorts.