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A chairlift

A 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. They are ubiquitous at ski areas, and can also be found at amusement parks, and various tourist attractions.

Chairs, which can seat from one to eight people, are connected to the cable with a one-piece grip, which does not require any special springs, or clamps. These grips allow chairs to be taken on and off the cable with minimal hassle. Some lifts also have bubble chairs, which have an additional plastic covering to protect skiers in bad weather.

The lifts are usually powered by an electric engine, often with a diesel engine for backup in case of blackouts (which are fairly common since ski resorts tend to be in remote areas).

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Ski.fi - Lift and Slope services (2089 words)
The Terms of Delivery shall not apply to any ski routes outside the area that the ski resort is accountable for, nor to off-piste skiing, or skiing in the woods, which are beyond the responsibility of the ski area.
Hourly Ski Pass, Morning, Afternoon or Evening Pass entitle their owner to use ski lift services during the period of validity specified on the ski pass.
The ski pass shall be carried at all times while on the slopes and presented without request when entering a lift.
Skilifts.org - Glossary of Aerial Lift Terms (3890 words)
Any lift in which skiers are transported while suspended off the ground, as opposed to surface lifts, which move skiers and snowboarders up the hill while their skis or boards are in contact with the snow.
Every new lift undergoes a load test prior to being put into service, and all aerial lifts are load tested periodically according to the tramway laws in their state.
Lift manufacturers and ski areas also consider the terminals at either end of a lift to be towers.
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