Quicksilver Super6 – Breckenridge, CO

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Top station unload zone.
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View down the very flat lift line.
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Looking up the line.
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Lower half of the line.
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Tower 2.
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Bottom station overview.
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Side view of the return.
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This is the only lift in North America with double loading. Every other chair goes to one of two load platforms.
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As a result, the chairs are always changing order.
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Loading area one.
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There are two separate mazes that never merge.
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Drive station.
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The entire line.
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Top station from below.
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Another view down line.
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5 thoughts on “Quicksilver Super6 – Breckenridge, CO

  1. Matt Z. April 26, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    What is the advantage of double loading? Isn’t the uphill capacity still the same?

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    • Thomas Jett April 26, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      It improves efficiency. Typically speaking, the more complicated the carrier, the more time you need to fill it. Typical doubles, tripples, and quads run 6s dispatch intervals, meaning that you have 6s to go from the line, to the loading board, and sit down. If a resort is really trying to squeze everything out of a workhorse detachable quad, they’ll put more chairs on the line, and run a 5.15s interval. This seems to be the physical limit for a detachable quad.
      Now let’s look at an 8 seat gondola. Now, you typically need to combine unpredictable groups to form 8, put everyone’s skis on the rack, and then have them climb in one at a time. As a result these gondolas typically run 12 second dispatches. The key fact is that if you try to load people faster than the optimal dispatch interval for a carrier configuration, then you don’t have time to seat everyone, so you end up sending empty seats. At this point, you might as well have just payed less for a lower capacity that would be fully efficient.
      This same logic applies to six-packs. Because the carriers are so wide, it takes more time for people to organize themselves, so that they can actually fill the carrier. As such, the absolute minimum dispatch interval for a six pack is 6s, which yields 3,600 pp*h^-1. However, this typically comes with reduced efficiency, to the point where at most 80% of this capacity is actually utilized. By using a double station, suddenly each line has 12s between carriers. Thus even though the theoretical capacity remains the same (3,600 pp*h^-1), the real capacity increases due to increased efficiency.

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      • Calmeyer April 26, 2018 / 10:42 pm

        That’s some really interesting data about loading times and lift efficiency, thanks for sharing, up until now I assumed this was a little bit of a gimmick feature.

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  2. GreatEight January 16, 2019 / 11:48 am

    Why is this the only lift with double loading if it improves efficiency?

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    • Michael January 16, 2019 / 4:55 pm

      It improves efficiency but at a huge cost. And at that cost it has to have special needs. The location of this lift is at “The Maggie” area in Breckenridge. On any given weekend 10,000 people of ALL levels will show up here between 8:30 and 9:30 trying to get up the mountain.To accommodate the various abilities of the guests they needed high capacity and also the longer load intervals provided by this dual loading principle. It also has a huge footprint as you can see- not something everyone can fit in their base area.
      I believe there are only 2 or 3 of these in the world.
      Hope this helps.

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