The information about the whole spectrum of possibilities is interesting and perhaps of value to some skier some day in a bad situation on a lift.
(Our personality differences are not interesting or valuable to anyone.)
I am not advocating anything as I have very little information to go on. The guy that did the rescue from KT caused no derailment, nor did the guy in a hurry to hook up with his friends. But a bouncing cable is not standard, so I want to know what other skiers know of the facts.
I rode a chair today just before it was stopped for high winds, like 50 plus. wow, a little scary, tremendous stress on the system, but it was engineered to take it and take it it did. whew.
I always imagined sliding down, gently, until I was hanging by my hands on a rail of the chair facing downhill. but now many chairs don't have anything to hold onto as they are padded over the frame.
I'm not a trouble-maker. Each of the last big dumps we had, I rescued at least one skier from being awkwardly stuck and unable to right themselves. Today I helped someone in need. I help skiers all the time, and cause no harm.
I suppose I caused the flap by saying that if my son fell off, my first concern would be for him, "sorry", and I based the balance of the factors on my assumption that dangerous though it is to bounce a cable, it seldom causes derailment.
Or there wouldn't be a whole lot of people riding chairs.
anyhow, sorry if I mucked it up.
Originally Posted by tromano
Enough lectures can we answer the question? So what is the probability that you drop from the chair and it causes a major failure? What if you drop gently with out bouncing?