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'Amusing' chairlifts

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valais2 wrote:
Of course there is the ‘amusing’ scenario on almost all steep button lifts, of the sudden failure at a very steep section, and you find yourself slowly sliding backwards, with weary resignation, as the cable slowly reels out, knowing that the re-start will occur at the very end of the cable travel, with the jerk trying to separate your hips from the rest of your body. A quick look behind, and there’s no way to bail out due to the steepness, narrowness and the awful, chossy icy sugar peaks all around, and the person beginning to get into a terrible tangle just below you. If it’s in the sun, you can grab a warm five minutes. If it’s in an icy, shady gulley, time to hunker down and think warm thoughts….


Its the people getting into a terrible tangle above/infront of me that concern me the most. Some of the button lift tracks resemble a luge run.
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My friend the late, and much missed, Kevin (not the same one as in the video I must point out) used to tell us a story about a T-bar in Val d'Isere. He got about 100m up the steep start section, before he lost it (grip?, control?, the will to live?). He fell, slid and rolled down the narrow valley - scattering fellow lift users as he went.

He claimed a body count of twelve, which he said was a world record.

I'm sure all involved would have seen that as an amusing day; except the liftie, who said he was "a very dangerous man".
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@Paul33, gosh … indeed the liftie had a point!

That’s triggered a memory …

Late 90s … Alpe D’uez .. early in the day…the two big parallel buttons - I’m on my way up the right hand one still thinking of routes for the morning - I hear a clattering above me and look up just in time to see a ski spearing towards me, at a speed on the ice where the brake is ineffective…I move quickly over to the left …s””t…that would have nailed me….and thinks…where’s the other ski…ah…here it comes…whoosh-clatter-clatter…I move quickly further to the left and really fret about the people below me…now…where’s the skier…ah…here she comes…no way can I help…and she’s slowing…which is good….
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And that triggered a memory for me.

Back in the mid 80s, the 2 beginner lifts out of Arc 1800 were a slow Chair that ran over the top of a slow Drag lift. As myself and Lady F (learning at the time) went up in the Chair, what we saw below has stuck with me for over 35 years. The top cable to which the buttons were attached, came off the pully mechanism.

Given the entire lift was populated by beginners, what resulted was hilarious chaos (nobody was hurt). Some toppled sideways like blown over traffic cones and some slid backwards down the track (only stopping when they hit a pile of skis and other prone bodies). There were a lot of exasperated shouts. I was very glad we were on the chair, as I'm not sure Herself would have seen the funny side if directly involved.


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Not a chair, and can't remember the name/number, but a dreaded t-bar in obergurgl/hochgurgl. Long, steep and definitely not one to be paired with a 5 year old on.
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ansta1 wrote:
Not a chair, and can't remember the name/number, but a dreaded t-bar in obergurgl/hochgurgl. Long, steep and definitely not one to be paired with a 5 year old on.


I think I know the one you mean. It opens up some really good skiing. But it is really long and awkward. I remember my feet screaming from holding a strange position to avoid taking my mate out
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There are 2 secrets to T Bar riding:

1. Go with someone of a similar height
2. Lean in towards each other so your shoulders are gently pressing against each other - tip from Ali Ross (I think).
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
@Old Fartbag,

1. Agree, but not always possible when you are skiing with you 5yr old daughter.

you forgot

3. Avoid t-bar lifts like the plague.
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ansta1 wrote:
@Old Fartbag,

1. Agree, but not always possible when you are skiing with you 5yr old daughter.

Been there, done that.

Years ago, there was a guy in our group who used T Bars to (attempt to) get dates.

He would try and finagle his way into sharing with someone he took a fancy to in the lift queue. A fall would then be engineered - and in the way of an apology, offered to buy his victim a drink. It mostly didn't work and he was more likely to get a whack from a ski pole!
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