News Roundup: Big Picture



10 thoughts on “News Roundup: Big Picture

  1. Max Hart September 13, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    There was a great episode of Dirty Jobs where Mike Rowe was climbing around on the Palm Springs Tram.


  2. themav September 13, 2019 / 8:10 pm

    The lift at Woodward Park City is complete now. I’ll take a picture if I get up there.


  3. skiz September 16, 2019 / 1:27 pm

    off topic, but is anyone gonna build another cabriolet
    also, is anyone going to build a 10 person lift?


    • Thomas Jett September 16, 2019 / 8:47 pm

      There’s no chance that a 10 person lift gets built. With wider chairs, you lose a lot of efficiency, as it’s a lot less likely that you’ll be able to coordinate 2-3 parties of skiers, plus singles every 8-10 seconds in order to fill every seat. It would probably be more efficient to just build two parallel detachable quads.


    • Erik Blazing September 17, 2019 / 1:45 pm

      A 10 person lift seems unlikely, but never say never. The technology exists, so somewhere along the line this might become someone’s vanity project.

      The main downside, like Thomas said, is loading that huge of a chair. Even with a fancy loading carpets like Ramcharger, it’d be a challenge to keep that lift running at capacity. Parallel quads / 6-packs might cost more, but give greater operational flexibility.


      • milanyvr September 19, 2019 / 8:11 am

        Yes I think sea to sky might upgrade there gondola to ten people, since tourism will be high once it opens again.


        • AvocadoAndy September 20, 2019 / 12:28 pm

          I find that unlikely, that would require an overhaul of a vast amount of the mechanical systems to allow for the extra weight of the cabins, among many other things. That’d mean widening the gauge, which takes a new bullwheel, turnarounds, grips, a new engine for the heavier cabins, and from what I can tell many of the structural components like the terminal masts may even have to be replaced as well. The heavier cabins would also likely mean that they’d need more towers to help the heavier cabins get over the large unsupported spans on this lift. Making a lift go from an 8 seater to a 10 seater would be an extremely complicated process and their goal of opening by next spring would not provide the time (or hell, the weather) to actually undergo such an extreme change. At the very best they could thicken the haul rope, grips, and sheaves to allow for more cabins but even that seems ambitious.


  4. milanyvr September 19, 2019 / 6:26 am

    Theres also an episode of amazing race canada where they jump off the grouse super skyride


  5. Donald Reif September 26, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    I did a photoshop of the Breckenridge trail map to approximate what I think the Peak 7 infill lift might look like on a map. (This came as part of a personal project to apply a Frozen retheming of the Peak 7 and Peak 6 chairlifts, so the lift names here are fictitious)


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