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Advice needed: how to get twin tips into gondola ski racks?

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I occasionally ski on 1080s and mostly enjoy the experience. The one thing I find a bit awkward is getting the damn things into the ski racks on the outside of gondolas. Normally the slot is only wide enough to get straight ski tails into, but not twin tips. Is there some technique I'm not employing to get both skis into the same slot? Usually I take two slots which is OK if the lift is quiet, but a bit anti-social if the gondola is going to be full.
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Have you tried putting one ski fully in first then sliding the other one down on top of it?

I had 1080's for a few days end of March/beginning April last year (3 Valleys). I can't remember too many problems but there again it was quiet.
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Pete Horn, given that you only have a few seconds to load your skis I've not really experiemented on different options. I'll try putting them in one at a time when I ski on them next.
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Two slots is the only sensible answer as U find out when pfaffing around trying to be considerate and the lift guys just grab them off U and seperate them.

If the guilt is really gnawing at U, make sure U stand next to a blader in the queue as they take up a seat but usualy no slots Wink
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u brain, yes, that's what happened to me a couple of times when I was trying to be considerate. Since then I've just stuck each ski into a seperate slot, but if there was a sensible way to do it I'm more than happy to take advice! However, my guilt isn't so all-consuming that I'm prepared to hang around until a blader turns up...
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u brain, Bladers have their uses then. What a revelation thanks Laughing
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Definitely a problem - they don't seem to have realised that people don't have £M long, 10mm wide skis any more. I had exactly the same issue with my 1080s one gondola I got them in put really struggled to get get them out - though I was on the way back down again! Another time the angry old french lifty split them, still couldn't get them in the ski slots so put it in the snowboard one, I spent the whole journey hanging out the window holding on to them!!
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I bought twintips last season in USA. there they have lift attendants putting the skis into the racks. they clam the skis together like you normally do then slide the front one into the rack and let the other ski slide in behind the rack with that SKI then sticking out above the front ski, I think it only worked on the front rack. but i suspect this technique might be specific to the Aspen Ajax Gondola.
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my twin tip fits very well into gondolas...........well it is a snowboard NehNeh NehNeh Laughing
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take them in the gondola with you.....never had a problem doing that and pretty much only ride twins!!!
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JonL, do you have a private gondola reserved for you each time you ride up the hill? If I tried to take a pair of skis into a gondola with other people I suspect I would get turfed out pretty sharpish!
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JonL wrote:
take them in the gondola with you.....never had a problem doing that and pretty much only ride twins!!!


I agree - take them in the compartment with you. Don't let those angry French lift attendants take them from you - try and blend into the scenery (possibly by standing behind some very tall people) while hiding them behind your body and then jump in the gondola just as the doors are going to shut behind you!! Laughing Laughing
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One in each rack is the only way - also has the excellent effect of reducing the number of people in your cabin! I don't like skis hanging outside or in wierd places (they do odd things with skis at La Grave to get all the pairs onto each cabin, I'm always afraid they're going to fall out/off.
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