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Encyclopedia > Magic carpet (ski lift)
This magic carpet is a favorite with young skiers.
This magic carpet is a favorite with young skiers.

A magic carpet (also carpet lift) is a type of surface lift (like rope tows, T-bar lifts and platter lifts) installed at ski areas to transport skiers and snowboarders up the hill. The name is inspired by the mythological magic carpets featured in legends. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2112 × 2816 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2112 × 2816 pixel, file size: 1. ... A ski tow, also called rope tow, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... A t-bar lift, also called t-bar, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... A platter lift, or just platter, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... A ski area is a place where one goes to participate in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. ... Riding a Flying Carpet, an 1880 painting by Viktor Vasnetsov. ...


Operation

A magic carpet resembles a conveyor belt installed at the level of the snow, with the machinery and return belt typically hidden underneath. Passengers slide onto the belt at the base of the hill and stand with skis or snowboard facing forward. The moving belt pulls the passengers uphill. At the top, the belt pushes the passenger onto the snow and they slide away. This article is about industrial conveyor belts. ... A shaped, twin-tip alpine ski. ... A snowboard with boot bindings A snowboard is a board ridden in snowboarding to descend a snow-covered slope. ...


Advantages

Magic carpets are the least threatening form of ski lift, especially for beginners and children. There is no altitude and little distance to fall, and the perceived risk of falling down is less than handle tow lifts. They are easier to use than T bars and Poma lifts and don't require any new skills to use. A rope tow or ski tow. ... A t-bar lift, also called t-bar, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... A platter lift, or just platter, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ...


Limitations

closer view of magic carpet material
closer view of magic carpet material

Magic carpets are limited to shallow grades due to their dependence on friction between the carpet and the bottom of the ski or board. Since skis and boards are naturally slippery, and the belt operates in a snowy and wet environment, friction is limited. Their slow speed, limited distance and capacity confine them to beginner and novice areas. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2816 × 2112 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2816 × 2112 pixel, file size: 1. ...


Controlling the snow to be at proper level for the entrance and exit is more challenging snow control and grooming operation than a chairlift or rope tow. Overnight snow accumulations must be cleared before operation, typically by hand shoveling or sweeping. During operation, the carpet return device (at the top) must be periodically cleared of accumulated snow and ice.

Side view of magic carpet
Side view of magic carpet


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Ski lifts
Aerial lifts: Aerial tramway/Cable car/Ropeway/Téléphérique/Seilbahn | Funifor | Funitel | Gondola/Télécabine | Chairlift | Detachable chairlift
Surface lifts: T-bar | J-bar | Platter/Button/Poma | Rope tow & handle tow | Magic carpet       Cable railways: Funicular

 
 

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