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Bridger Bowl gets one new chair lift for the price of two Riblets

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Bridger locals aren't sure how the math is going to work on a powder day when the Slausman's Chair is not running, but the mountain has a new look with the new Bridger Chairlift:

 

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My avatar shows a photo of me and my older daughter riding the old red Riblet, the Bridger Lift.

 

The vertical will be less interrupted by roads and the old lift lines will be opened up, so I'm keeping an open mind. 

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Any removal of those center poles is an improvement...

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Any removal of those center poles is an improvement...


Hey, I grew up with center pole chairs.  Every resort I visited in Oregon, Washington & Northern California in the 70s had Riblets for their main lifts (with the exception of Mt. Shasta which had a real antique.).  I get very nostalgic when I ride one even though they bounce and swing more than current chairs.

 

The new chair has the same capacity as the two chairs it replaced & will be able to run in worse weather conditions.  Add in the number of days the old lifts were down for maintenance and it should be a net improvement.  I will miss the Deer Park chair as it was often forgotten on powder days meaning I could get a bunch of runs in quickly before heading into work.

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For those of us that didn't, well, it was a good reason to wear a helmet until I'd retrain myself to watch for the darn thing every time we visited for a race.  I got clocked REPEATEDLY as I sat down every time we came.  I can't imagine having a three year old there.  How would you successfully load a small child on something like that?  The Siblet started at 3 but was small for her age and still skiing for free when she was six.  She needed help getting her butt on the chair as a result. 
 

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Hey, I grew up with center pole chairs.  Every resort I visited in Oregon, Washington & Northern California in the 70s had Riblets for their main lifts (with the exception of Mt. Shasta which had a real antique.).  I get very nostalgic when I ride one even though they bounce and swing more than current chairs.

 

The new chair has the same capacity as the two chairs it replaced & will be able to run in worse weather conditions.  Add in the number of days the old lifts were down for maintenance and it should be a net improvement.  I will miss the Deer Park chair as it was often forgotten on powder days meaning I could get a bunch of runs in quickly before heading into work.

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I can't imagine having a three year old there.  How would you successfully load a small child on something like that?  The Siblet started at 3 but was small for her age and still skiing for free when she was six.  She needed help getting her butt on the chair as a result. 
 

Two of the remaining chairs at Bridger are Riblets and they are ones used heavily by the youth programs.  They are constantly asking adults to ride with the kids 5 & under and it is stressful as the chairs don't have bars, tend to swing more and tend to make the kids sit forward.  To top it off one of the chairs is on the most wind exposed part of the mountain so the kids are bundled up to the point they remind me of Kenny in South Park & we all know what happens to Kenny.
 

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Actually, I don't...

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Actually, I don't...


He dies in almost every episode.  

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