Originally Posted by catskills
I think high speed detachable are great. They are easier/safer to load and unload. A high speed detach quad (HSQ) delivers 2400 people to the top of the mountain per hour ( 1 chair unloads every 6 seconds). A fixed grip slow speed quad also delivers 2400 people to the top of the mountain ( 1 chair every 6 seconds). The up hill lift capacity for HSQ only makes the trails more crowded when their is NO LIFT line.
Are you math impaired? The number one reason resorts install highspeed lifts is more skiers per hour (maintance etc does play a role).
Second, while I am all for more skiers coming to the sport, being able to load / unload a fixed grip quad / double should be a right of passage. With the exception of lifts that only serve beginner terrain, it SHOULD be EXPECTED that you are competent to load / unload a chair. If not then you shouldnt be skiing the terrain off of that left.
Highspeed lifts are a leading cause to the Mcfried model of ski areas today, wich in my opion is killing the sport.