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A new lease of life for the bucket lift?

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The Canadian resort of Blue Mountain will probably hate me for using the term, but its new open-air gondola looks remarkably like the near-extinct bucket lifts of the Alps (last one I saw was in Alpe d'Huez, and there used to be one at Courchevel 1300 if memory serves me right).

As I understand it, the open-air cabins replace chairs or enclosed gondolas (not sure which) on an existing ski lift for summer use. An interesting idea.

By the way, if it has seats it's not a classic bucket lift!
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David Goldsmith, There are bucket lifts just like that at Tremblant to get you from the carpark to the main lifts. I know the one at Alpe d'Huez which looks so antiquated in comparison with the rest of the lift system. Flaine still has one which you have to race after and jump up on, but once you get going it seems to be soooo sloooowwwwww. They officially call it the "yoghurt pots" and that's what the ESI ski school tell you to meet for private lessons! Flaine also officially term one of their gondolas "the egg". Someone has a sense of humour I suppose.
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Les Menuires has a / some "yoghurt pot" lift(s)...
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I suppose it will be cooler than a perspex bubble and easier to take photographs without the 'haze' of 'glass' crazed by ski tips, boards, finger prints, graffiti and whatever. Aren't there still 'yoghurt pots' lifts somewhere in France ? Alpe d'Huez I think ?????


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A few of the smaller resorts too, such as Val d'Allos in the southern French Alps...
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Take a pair of skis (which have built-in shovels, remember) in one, and you've got a bucket-and-spade lift.

That's my joke output for the day.
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There is still a bucket lift in Courchevel 1850, but I have never seen it in use!
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David Goldsmith, can you guarantee us there will be no more of what you call "jokes" today? snowHead
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By the way, this is also a bucket lift, apparently.

Not surprisingly, because it looks like a lot of fun, it's "SOLD".
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Ideal for those small, back-garden ski jumps.
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That's a Cherry Picker. Here's a bucket lift
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How do you know it's not full of cherries?

Also, you'll concede that my (actually not mine, it's been sold to someone else) bucket lift goes a bit higher than the average cherry tree.
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Ther are yoghurt pots at flaine and at Aple d'Huez in France, and Panorama in Canad also has one, although there it;'s only for getting from the carpark to the base of the slopes and doesn;t serve any slkiing
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Also one at The Canyons in Utah. It really does make sense for bike access.
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Chris Reed, David Goldsmith, we learnt to ski in Flaine, it was hilarious trying to run onto the 'yogurt pots' in ski boots, carrying skis. etc. Hurling yourself on was exhausting. Most of our group managed to fall .
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Is this how Ski yoghurts got their name?

What foodstuff should be branded 'Snowboard'? [willful thread diversion]
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Cadbury's Chocolate Fingers? (in honour of the pinky that went astray in Aspen...)
I have ridden a bucket lift here:
http://mcecom.intrawest.com/photosMain.aspx (3rd shot across, top row)
- except in the North American ski industry it's now known as a "cabriolet".
And I also remember PG's "telebenne" (correct French name?) in Foux d'Allos (didn't know it was still there).
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In Alpe d'Huez they 'lovingly' refer to their's as the 'Lobster Pots' - much quicker (& warmer) to walk up/ski down.
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Martin Bell wrote:
And I also remember PG's "telebenne" (correct French name?) in Foux d'Allos (didn't know it was still there).

Still there last year, though I wish I had a photo, they're beginning to look so prehistoric that even the cash-strapped Allos resort will have to replace them one day soon.
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Martin Bell, Yes the one at Tremblant is called a cabriolet too. Sounds so much more snazzy than a bucket lift don't you think?
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Sounds better than 'lidless dustbin' lift, too.
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I'm not so sure. It sounds a bit 80s poseurish, to me.
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Reminds me of the old joke - "What do you call a Skoda Cabriolet ?"













A skip. ( = dumpster in US )
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Yes, the opne inf FLaine is called the Telebenne too.
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