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What the ? A disney quality tubing lift at keystone ?

post #1 of 20
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Just thumbing thru keysone look for snow and i come across the pictures of their new tubing lift: http://keystone.snow.com/mediagaller...Resort&media=0.

This thing is no wire and pulley system you may be used to, but essentially an encased people mover, 20 feet above ground.

i cant find out what the exact result of this will be or what it's supposed to do, but it's quite obvious someone is making serious money in ski resorts if theyre putting up this thing for tubing.
post #2 of 20
Very strange, although I'm not sure how pricy it would be because it is pretty short.
post #3 of 20
Apparently the area's emergency rooms need business. Tubing hills at resort cause way more injuries per rider than skiing or boarding.
post #4 of 20
Don't be hating.
post #5 of 20
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Don't be hating.
i'm not hating. i'm wishing i had shares on vail resorts the past 10 years. some nature loving skiers dont like the big ski corporations building all over the mountains, but i don't mind. i'll take a high speed lift to the top any time over a t bar or hiking, even if it means more condos to ski by on the way down.

i just thought it was a bit over the top.
post #6 of 20
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i'm not hating. i'm wishing i had shares on vail resorts the past 10 years. some nature loving skiers dont like the big ski corporations building all over the mountains, but i don't mind. i'll take a high speed lift to the top any time over a t bar or hiking, even if it means more condos to ski by on the way down.

i just thought it was a bit over the top.
Don't even know where to start......but the word couch potato comes to mind. I'll take hiking & less invasive uphill travel *any* time over the Disneyficiation of our mountains. It's why we choose to live here in the 1st place.

TeleP
post #7 of 20
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you go right ahead powder. i have finished 2 marathons, but they were nothing compared to spending 1/2 day climbing up a mountain.
post #8 of 20
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you go right ahead powder. i have finished 2 marathons, but they were nothing compared to spending 1/2 day climbing up a mountain.
I hope your being facetious, because no road race I ever ran compared to the utter exhaustion I rack up climbing 5K vert in a morning at 11K elevations.
post #9 of 20
looking at this I think they are onto something.

If they could build a long version of this (who cares if it's covered or not) put benches every few feet, it could move alot of people up the hill. Not sure how maintanence intesive such a system is but it seems to me that you could move alot more people than a chair lift. Also they could set it up so you could get off easily at a number of places on the way up, and not be commited to going all the way up every time.

Moving ski sidewalk.
post #10 of 20
Also reminds me of that lift in the tunnel at Snowbird or people movers at airports, just elevated. Aren't these cousins of the standard ski school carpet type lift?

Wonder where they put this on the mtn, up at top of Dercum?
post #11 of 20
Where from/to?
post #12 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by skicougar View Post
i'm not hating. i'm wishing i had shares on vail resorts the past 10 years. some nature loving skiers dont like the big ski corporations building all over the mountains, but i don't mind. i'll take a high speed lift to the top any time over a t bar or hiking, even if it means more condos to ski by on the way down.

i just thought it was a bit over the top.

You don't ski by any condos on the way down at Vail, everything is at the bottom (thank goodness)
post #13 of 20
Certainly seems like MAJOR overkill for a tubing hill. It would seem a magic carpet or anything easy for little ones to ride would be enough.
post #14 of 20
Wouldn't it be more fun to sit in the innertube and get towed uphill by a handle tow than to stand inside a tube on a conveyor belt? I've never been tubing so I'm not sure how tubers typically get up the hill. They tend to keep the tubing hills out of view of the skiers. Maybe because if we saw how much fun it was, we would switch.
post #15 of 20
Is it high speed? Could be fun if so...
post #16 of 20
Kind of makes sense to me. With their tubing hill being high up on the mountain and the majority of tubers being kids. Seems like a good investment.
post #17 of 20
Tubing = Money.


I wish I had thought of the idea......as me and all my friends climbed the hill...day after day, night after night,year after year...


SOOOOO Fun.
post #18 of 20
What an eyesore. Seriously though, it's ugly as hell.
post #19 of 20
I wish they had it when I had two preschoolers who spent days in ski school but also loved to tube. It would have been enough to get our family to Keystone, which I'm sure is exactly what they have in mind. Remember the goal of a ski resort is not to cary skiers to the top of the hill, its to make money. If this helps them pay the bills and open omore glades, I'm all for it. Cover it with about a foot of snow and it will be BEAUTIFUL!
post #20 of 20

Replace the Wayback Quad Instead!!!

It looks interesting; they have a covered magic carpet at the top of Dercum that always seemed to me to be great for the kids. And Keystone does advertise itself as being "family friendly". They are also a pioneer in different ways of snow riding such as the snow bikes.

I do wish, however, that someday they would see fit to spend the money to replace the very slow Wayback Quad with a HSQ. But of course, would that earn Vail any more money, or just contribute to rider satisfaction on the hill?
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