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 Originally Posted by Walt You don't. A typical fixed grip rope speed is about 400 ft/sec. A typical detachable lift is about 1000' ft/sec. The conveyor-assisted lifts can run at something around 550 to 600 ft/sec. So, it's a 25 to 50% increase in chair speed, but not the > 100% you get with a detachable. Or the resort can chose to run it at the same speed and take advantage of the fact that it's easier for the patrons to get on and off, and the liftie doesn't have to bump the chairs.
Dang, those be some fast lifts.
Anybody have a video?
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 Originally Posted by billyymc Dang, those be some fast lifts.
if I did my math right, thats like 20 Mp/H faster than the fastest production car.
he probably meant 300 and 1000 ft per minute. That makes a detachable lift spin about 12 miles per hour, which seems about right to me.
Ooops. Those numbers are supposed to be feet per minute, not per second.

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 Originally Posted by dumpy if I did my math right, thats like 20 Mp/H faster than the fastest production car.
um... 1000 feet per second is about 680 miles per hour.
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 Originally Posted by Walt Ooops. Those numbers are supposed to be feet per minute, not per second. um... 1000 feet per second is about 680 miles per hour.
I did fixed grip speeds...
400 ft/sec is ~273 mph. There are production cars that go > 250 mph?
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 Originally Posted by Walt 400 ft/sec is ~273 mph. There are production cars that go > 250 mph?
272.72 to be exact(you confirmed that I did in fact have my math right)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSC_Aero
I can't see getting on a lift that's going 272 mph, even with the aid of a conveyor belt.

Did anyone GPS that?
OK someone will do this today, it might as well be me;
ludicrous speed at ludicrous speed.

^ Quite funny and ludicrous!
Ok, I have now ridden the lift so talked about in this thread!
My assesment is that the words "conveyor belt" are totally inadequate to describe the thing. I'd pictured something that was dragged out of the basement of a supermarket and would have brown canvas and squeaky wheels. Wrong!

This thing is huge, bright orange plastic! It moves rather rapidly. I was quite disoriented actually. In loading, I kept expecting the conveyor belt to stop and then the chair would pick us up. The experience is very weird because two motions are hapening at the same time. Getting off - holy cow batman! That freaking flying orange sidewalk is huge!! It must be 30 feet long and flat. I felt like I was suddenly entering a video game that I had no idea how to play!! I figured out that I needed to look straight ahead lest I be mesmerized, disoriented, fall down, and be chopped to bits!

The second time I got off, three of us on the chair were discussing the flying sidewalk as we approached. As we came to the unloading area suddenly we viewed the flying orange carpet stretched out in front of us. It's so visually stimulating/terrifying/mesmerizing/stupefying that the three of us simultaneously and spontaneously screamed!! The lift attendents thought it was hysterical.
Really, I was totally unprepared for the experience! (I think I might get to like it....)
That clip above ^ is much more appropo than you'd think! It almost describes the experience!
Mt. Snow has one on the detachable quad. Seems pointless to me.
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