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post #31 of 39
Ahhhhhh, the "Silver Queen" at Crested Butte. Now that brings back some memories. Rarely called by its name. It had many nicknames. A three person if I recall correctly. And it predated "high-speed". Had time to roll it, smoke it and finish with a camel.
post #32 of 39
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Originally Posted by dumpy View Post
I think somebody already mentioned this one, but I rode one at Whistler (actjually I think it was on Blackcomb). It was a nice spring day so once we put the cover down for novelties sake we put it right back up.

I thought it was claustrophobia (spelling?) inducing and kind of dumb because then we had to ride up without a safety bar.
You could've just pulled the bar down without the cover.
The covers are great for when it's rain down below but snow in the alpine.
A few places in Switzerland have them too, I think
post #33 of 39
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Originally Posted by DeadMoney View Post
Ahhhhhh, the "Silver Queen" at Crested Butte. Now that brings back some memories. Rarely called by its name. It had many nicknames. A three person if I recall correctly. And it predated "high-speed". Had time to roll it, smoke it and finish with a camel.
anybody remember the t-shirt? With the skeletons on the chair. Something like "Silver Queen, more lift time for your buck."
post #34 of 39
Thats the one I remember I never thought of it as a gondola because you didn't take off your skiis.:
post #35 of 39
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A few places in Switzerland have them too, I think
They are all over the Alps in Switserland, Austria and Italy.
Maybe a bit less in France.

The main problem indeed is the wind, they are always the first lifts to close down on windy days. That's why you'll often see them going up from the valley but rarely go all the way to the tops, those are usually the uncovered variety. Unless the top isn't all that high ofcourse.
post #36 of 39
Alyaska had/has one.
post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
I think "The Gonjola" at Timberline, WV used to be in Colorado, maybe "The Silver Queen" at Crested Butte?

I seem to recall covered lifts at Windham during the sixties.
The Queen doesn't have a cover. Though, I hear that the owners of CB are going to put a "Gondola Chair" in for the Red Lady Express. Obviously, too short of a lift for a true Gondola. They must be referring to the Gonjola breed...

"Luke, I'm your father...."

Still cracks me up from childhood memories on the Vista Bahn.
post #38 of 39
it did during the eighties
post #39 of 39
I can't believe I remembered the correct name and former location of the Timberline bubble chair. I learned these facts over twenty years ago the first time I rode it. I remember who I rode it with, a guy I had never met before, who shared a flask of brandy with me and told me it was called The Gonjola. I don't remember if we smoked. The guy with the brandy is a well known denizen of the Canaan Valley.
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