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Encyclopedia > Detachable chairlift
Detachable quad chairlift grip. (Chair is on a sidetrack).
Detachable quad chairlift grip. (Chair is on a sidetrack).

A detachable chairlift or high-speed chairlift is a type of aerial lift, which, like a chairlift, consists of numerous chairs that are connected to a constantly moving steel cable that is strung between two terminals (or more) over intermediate towers. They are now commonplace at even the smallest of ski areas. Some can even be found at tourist attractions. Image File history File links Co_Vail_chairclamp. ... Image File history File links Co_Vail_chairclamp. ... An aerial lift is a means of transport in which gondolas or open chairs are hauled above the ground by means of a cable. ... A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift, also known as a fixed-grip chairlift, is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ... This is a list of ski areas around the world. ...


The major difference which sets detachable chairlifts apart from standard chairlifts is the speed. Detachable chairlifts are far faster than their fixed-grip brethren. Because the cable is usually moving faster than most skiers would be able to get on and off the chair, the chairs must be taken off the cable and slowed down substantially to allow patrons to get on and off.


Chairs, which can hold between 2 and 8 people, are connected to the cable by means of spring-loaded grips. These grips allow for the cabin to be detached from the moving cable and slowed down in the terminals, to allow passengers to board and disembark. Some detachable chairlifts have bubble chairs, which are ordinary chairlifts but with an additional plexiglass bubble covering to protect skiers in bad weather/ from the wind.


An alternative system for reconciling slow boarding speeds with fast line speeds is the "carpet lift". In this type of chairlift the chairs move at the same speed as a detachable lift's, even through the terminal, and skiers are already moving on a belt of carpet-like material when they meet the chairs. Their relative, or closing, speed is thus not excessive.


On Sunday, 26 December 2004, Lech am Arlberg and Schröcken in the Bregenzerwald, became the first chairlifts to have heated seats when five Doppelmayr detachable chairlifts offer skiers the added luxury of a warm seat on the uphill trip. Doppelmayr is a family-owned company based in Wolfurt, Vorarlberg, Austria. ...


See also

Gondola lift Stowe, Vermont A gondola lift is a type of aerial lift, often called a cable car, which consists of a loop of steel cable that is strung between two stations, sometimes over intermediate supporting towers. ... A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift, also known as a fixed-grip chairlift, is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ... Cable car at Zell am See in the Austrian Alps. ... This is a list of the worlds current and former aerial lift manufacturers. ... Squaw Valley Funitel, Jan 2005 A funitel is a type of aerial lift used to transport skiiers. ... Deep powder skiing An alpine skier Members of the US Air Force skiing (and snowboarding) at Keystone Resorts 14th Annual SnoFest Skiing is the activity of gliding over snow using skis (originally wooden planks, now usually made from fiberglass or related composites), with metal edges, strapped to the feet...

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Detachable chairlift - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (360 words)
A detachable chairlift or high-speed chairlift is a type of aerial lift, which, like a chairlift, consists of numerous chairs that are connected to a constantly moving steel cable that is strung between two terminals (or more) over intermediate towers.
Some detachable chairlifts have bubble chairs, which are ordinary chairlifts but with an additional plexiglass bubble covering to protect skiers in bad weather/ from the wind.
In this type of chairlift the chairs move at the same speed as a detachable lift's, even through the terminal, and skiers are already moving on a belt of carpet-like material when they meet the chairs.
Chairlift - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1619 words)
A chairlift, more correctly known as an elevated passenger ropeway, is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a continuously circulating steel cable strung in a loop between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers.
detachable grip: the grip is able to open and close during regular operation, allowing carriers to detach from the line and travel at a different speed.
The chairlift was developed by James Curran of the Union Pacific's engineering department in Omaha during the summer of 1936.
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