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Ski Lifts We Hate

ski diva

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#1
Any you can think of?

I hate ski lifts that have a loading conveyor. Each of Okemo's two lower lifts has one, and Sugarbush has one, too. You step onto a conveyor belt that moves you forward while the lift comes around to scoop you up from behind. I find it particularly disorienting.

Here's a video:

 

tinymoose

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#2
The Long Haul at Montage that moves at a snail pace over a great distance. I generally avoid it at all costs.

There was also one at Snowmass my first time there, that I believe is gone now, that was just the two seats around a center pole. Yikes.
 
#3
Drag lifts - pomas, tbars, button lifts - BTW they're all over Europe (especially at the smaller resorts that haven't upgraded) as well as "huge" resorts such as Les Portes du Soleil. They are very very long and twisty turny and avoid at all costs. Rode one at Serre Chevalier that was 20 minutes long and I fell almost at the top and had to ski down and ride that damn thing up again.
Many conveyor belt types at the larger resorts. Feel like I'm going to fall backward but so far have managed not to.
 
#4
Also - Lake Louise had a very scary one that takes you to the top of the back bowls. Did not like that one either.
 

tinymoose

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#6
Drag lifts - pomas, tbars, button lifts - BTW they're all over Europe (especially at the smaller resorts that haven't upgraded) as well as "huge" resorts such as Les Portes du Soleil. They are very very long and twisty turny and avoid at all costs. Rode one at Serre Chevalier that was 20 minutes long and I fell almost at the top and had to ski down and ride that damn thing up again.
Many conveyor belt types at the larger resorts. Feel like I'm going to fall backward but so far have managed not to.
Oh, I actually like pomas. They kinda stress me out b/c I've only used them a couple times but that's half the excitement! Will I wipe out?! We'll find out!
 
#9
I learned to ski at a mountain with a conveyor on the main lift (Berkshire East), so it doesn’t bother me at all. The T-bar and J-bar lifts are much more adventurous, and can be really challenging. Plus no rest before skiing down again!
 

SkiGAP

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#14
Poma is actually the brand...There are many chair lifts here by Poma...it took me a while to get that on this site it refers only to the button drag lift.

I hate gondolas other than for the initial lift to get into the resort. Some places have them all over and as it takes me a while to get me skis on and off I would rather not do it too often.

I also hate wind on the hill.
 

jthree

Angel Diva
#16
I have never seen those conveyer belt lifts! I guess they are trying to do away with that last-second scramble to get on the chair?

I remember T-bars and Pomas as a kid.

It would be cool to mention individual lifts that have something quirky about them. Like, I seem to remember a lift where the approach isn't exactly flat and I always worry I'm going to careen out of control getting to the chair. I don't remember where this is-- somewhere I skied a few times in the last 5 years... could be Wachusett or Bromley... if I encounter it again this year I will update this thread!
 

Abbi

Angel Diva
#19
Any lift with a conveyor. I've had to step back to not shoot off the end. Thanks, breaking an ankle because the speed didn't align with where I stepped on sounds like a painful end to a season.

I'm also afraid of heights so chairs without a safety bar are not a favorite. When I'm west of NE I find myself asking to drop the bar (if there is one). I'm so used to it being there on most VT lifts I see.
 

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