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Probably the Coolest lift in the World !

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They have built one of these (530M) in Arosa Switzerland from the Grand Hotel to a Mountain hut


http://www.coastersandmore.de/rides/transportcoaster/transportcoaster.shtml
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Do you think they will become widely popular?
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Do you think they will become widely popular?
Who knows, I think the enviromentalists might have something to say about it.
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cool lift, but I will be very, very surprised if they become popular. It is hard to beat the economics of a very limited number of lift towers with cable running between them. There simply is not much tonnage of material in a conventional ski lift. This coaster type lift requires a box truss track and pretty frequent towers. (few towers would mean an even heavier truss for the track element.)

All cable suspension type lifts (chairs, trams, gondi's etc) share the wonderful feature that you can traverse nasty terrain features and busy ski trails without touching the ground very often and they are very easy to inspect and repair.

f/w/i/w-
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cool lift, but I will be very, very surprised if they become popular. It is hard to beat the economics of a very limited number of lift towers with cable running between them. There simply is not much tonnage of material in a conventional ski lift. This coaster type lift requires a box truss track and pretty frequent towers. (few towers would mean an even heavier truss for the track element.)

All cable suspension type lifts (chairs, trams, gondi's etc) share the wonderful feature that you can traverse nasty terrain features and busy ski trails without touching the ground very often and they are very easy to inspect and repair.

f/w/i/w-


Well, it was nice to dream for a while. Thanks for bringing us back to reality...
post #7 of 22
I think I heard about that a little while ago. Nice to see some pics though. Like the old Skimobile lift at Cranmore.

http://teachski.com/articles/cranmor...skimopbile.htm

I still like being up in the air better though. I like to be able to look down and watch others ski and be able to see the scenery over the trees
post #8 of 22
It's okay. I kind of see it as being an eyesore and a waste of resources. I have no problems with the current lifts. (This is probably the same thing people said when the first gondolas were introduced.)
post #9 of 22
It looks like there's no room for skis? And it sucks up valuable terrain. How can Highway Star showboat under the lift??
post #10 of 22
Awesome! It looks like a ride at 6 Flags! Maybe ski areas can increase uphill lift capacity even more by having the lift shoot riders at 60MPH from the base to summit. If they did this in the Pocono Mountains the lift ride could possibly be 3 seconds long.
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It is hard to beat the economics of a very limited number of lift towers with cable running between them. There simply is not much tonnage of material in a conventional ski lift. This coaster type lift requires a box truss track and pretty frequent towers. (few towers would mean an even heavier truss for the track element.)
Of course this type of lift would be popular year round instead of just during the ski season! And you would not have to be a skier to have fun on it!
post #12 of 22
It wood be interesting to watch peoples equipment flying out of the outside door racks! The first time someone with a weak stomach urps into the cabin heater will be priceless.
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Cool Lift

It may be cool. But the most fun lift of all is RokkaJac at Portillo, its almost more thrilling going up than skiing down.
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I think I heard about that a little while ago. Nice to see some pics though. Like the old Skimobile lift at Cranmore.

http://teachski.com/articles/cranmor...skimopbile.htm

I still like being up in the air better though. I like to be able to look down and watch others ski and be able to see the scenery over the trees

these old pictures are great!

i like the idea of the coaster because it looks warm. how can someone who loves skiing so much, hate the cold. 'course i never notice it until i am on the lift. what a wuss...
post #15 of 22

How about chair #1 at Mad River Glen

The longest and oldest operating ski lift still in its original location in North America, since 1948.

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Another pic

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It looks like there's no room for skis? And it sucks up valuable terrain. How can Highway Star showboat under the lift??
Yes, there is.

post #17 of 22
What? No cupholders? I wonder if those seats have a lumbar adjustment?
post #18 of 22
Wow. I can imagine it now. $365 lift tickets.
post #19 of 22
Wow, that looks just awful.

Leave that junk at theme parks, please.
post #20 of 22
It doesn't look efficient, from a power, volume and materials standpoint.

But, if it's economically viable, I'd be willing to give it shot before condemning it.

The first photos looked an amusement park ride. But, the rails from the hotel look like a real transport system (no wild twists).
post #21 of 22
My question is if this is an integrated part of the ski area's lift system, or if it's a private transport available only to hotel guests (and maybe others for an additional fee). If it's the latter, it sets a dangerous precident. If it's the former, I don't get how it's preferable to other technologies.
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I'll remember this the next time I'm on Lift 9 at Loveland, in February, -5 degrees Fahrenheit and a westerly 25mph wind rearranging the molecular structure of my facial skin cells.
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