Originally Posted by dumpy
Bear with me, I'm having a hard time visualizing this. Does the liftie swing the chair forward when the chair is on the opposite side of the bullwheel from the skier? They push it forward, so that it swings forward and then (due to inertia) backwards at the load point, is this right?
Does it work well?
I have never seen nor heard of that, interesting concept.
Chair 4 at kirkwood is a fixed-grip quad. The chair weighs a TON. It might even literally weigh a ton, but more likely 400lbs. Lifties who do not suck use this anti-bump technique on this chair. It's too heavy for a single liftie to effectively slow it down with a normal bump. In this case it comes off the bullwheel well before it gets to the skiers. About 5 feet behind the skiers the lifties start to swing it forwards. They let go just as the chair reaches the skiers. The chair hovers in mid air as the rope catches up, you sit down on a mostly still chair, and are whisked (very slowly) to the top of the backside. Good stuff.
A poorly bumped chair 4 is one of the worst experiences available at a ski resort. That thing is HEAVY.