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post #61 of 65
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Originally Posted by 50kVert View Post
 

Using ride-time for a tram is misleading, due to long load and unload times. It would be more meaningful to look at: (lift capacity per hour x vertical feet per ride) = Vertical Foot Capacity Per Hour

 

I think that's only particularly accurate when the crowds are such that lift lines are an issue. Considering a couple of the feet-per-minute standouts, Telluride's Gold Hill and Snowbasin's John Paul, I don't think I've ever waited more than a chair or two at the bottom of either one, so replacing either with a six-pack wouldn't make any significant qualitative difference (at least at the times I've been). And the smaller crowds on the slopes are nice, too.

post #62 of 65
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Originally Posted by jmelton94 View Post
 

I believe you are correct, how brutal is it the most punishing lift is also at the highest altitude.  I did laps on Imperial at the end of last season, even in top, end of the season shape, it would leave you huffing and puffing.  As I have been fascinated with chairlifts since I was a kid, cause they make my favorite sport possible, I have a list referring to this post.  I need to get to Sun Valley, their Challenger lift climbs 3142 ft., Lookout 2670'!  It's amazing we now have several chairlifts that can out climb Snowbirds tram.

 

Cool list--thanks for posting! Based on the info from the trail map (1304' in 3.5 min.) Snowbird's Little Cloud should be on here at 373 vertical FPM, too.

 

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Here is what I have for fixed grip in vertical FPM, all corrected to 5.6 MPH for 500 FPM line speed, which is a little generous, the only fixed grip I have been on run that fast recently would be A-basin's Palivenchini a couple years ago:

 

UT Sundance N/A 211

Look's like that stat's for the Flathead lift.

post #63 of 65
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Originally Posted by New2Utah View Post
 

 

Cool list--thanks for posting! Based on the info from the trail map (1304' in 3.5 min.) Snowbird's Little Cloud should be on here at 373 vertical FPM, too.

 

Look's like that stat's for the Flathead lift.

thanks for the corrections, I edited them in

post #64 of 65

On the fixed grip list I have a hard time getting my head around the numbers that show Double Diamond at Stevens Pass as being above Seventh Heaven on the list.  It may be that it's because DD chairs are relatively close to the ground and run through a thick bunch of trees while 7th goes over an open chute and a cliff but, at least to me, it seems like they should be reversed.  Baker's "4.5" (now just Chair 5) has a good portion of the lift that runs along a fairly low angle slope before it rises up steeply and it is above 7th Heaven on the list.  That doesn't seem right at all, I don't think any part of that lift is steeper than 7th, but again it may be an illusion.

 

Like DesiredUsername says, riding the 7th Heaven chair feels like you're going up an elevator shaft and neither of the other two give anything like that impression.

post #65 of 65
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 

On the fixed grip list I have a hard time getting my head around the numbers that show Double Diamond at Stevens Pass as being above Seventh Heaven on the list.  It may be that it's because DD chairs are relatively close to the ground and run through a thick bunch of trees while 7th goes over an open chute and a cliff but, at least to me, it seems like they should be reversed.  Baker's "4.5" (now just Chair 5) has a good portion of the lift that runs along a fairly low angle slope before it rises up steeply and it is above 7th Heaven on the list.  That doesn't seem right at all, I don't think any part of that lift is steeper than 7th, but again it may be an illusion.

 

Like DesiredUsername says, riding the 7th Heaven chair feels like you're going up an elevator shaft and neither of the other two give anything like that impression.

 

Here are the Hillmap profiles for the three lifts, from left to right - 7th Heaven, Double Diamond, and C-5 :

 

 

7th Heaven is shorter in horizontal distance, and hits over 50 degrees.

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