dbostedo

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Downloading? They won't be downloading on this lift as normal operation I don't think.

I don't see why it's any worse that the 6 packs that have gone in a lot of places.
 
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Wonder if they will do the magic carpet rollup of the skiers to load. That still feels so awkward.
I think most if not all 6 packs do this already.

And I didnt mean downloading but meant offloading at the top.
 

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Actually the 8 pack is quite successful in Europe and as part of bigsky2025 Boyne is wanting to be the first “American Alps “ resort.
I believe it is the first 8 pack with bubble and heat.... perhaps someone smarter can chime in. I got to spend some time last week at the project and I’m told they are on schedule for completion.

The upgrade is multi faceted -

• Moving people out of the base area quickly at opening and keep their no lift line philosophy especially at opening. The growth in the area is astounding and will be keeping ahead of that demand.

• The addition of night skiing and having what I’m told will be a 2:00 lift ride

• Everett’s 8800 restaurant will get a boost for dinner traffic with the novelty of the short heated ride with both uphill and downloading capabilities.

• lastly because they can !
Boyne is on a mission to make Big Sky a true year round destination resort.
 
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Wonder if they will do the magic carpet rollup of the skiers to load. That still feels so awkward.
Based on what I've seen in Europe, in order to minimize mishaps, it's best to have individual starting gates in front of the magic carpet to make sure that everyone is lined up correctly (stripes on the carpet marking the separate lanes also help for when people try to shuffle over). If you don't have the aides ensuring that people are lined up properly, then you get more incidents when loading.
 

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^^^^ way cool :D @dbostedo after dark in BS.

Perhaps 8 / 16 / 24 of us should head up for dinner at the gathering.
Big sky also offers nightly mid mountain yurt dining including cat ride, music and toboggan runs. Highly recommended
A group of us did it last year, it was a riot racing down the hill back to the summit hotel under the starlight
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It's remarkable there is enough helicopter time available to fly all the parts up all the ski areas building new lifts across the country. It's a pretty short window between when the tower bases are ready for the parts and skiing starts in the winter. Sure seems like an extended period of weather grounding the few helicopters available could really muck things up.

Heated seats? Wow.
 

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Heated seats? Wow.
That's slowly getting more and more common in Europe. To be fair, the chair is only heated up when it is on the slow cable. Once it moves back to the fast cable, it stops. So the chair only heats you up for a short time.
 

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This is encouraging (the part about only being heated at the base) The only time I am ever cold getting on a lift is before my first run of the day; I still don't want a plexiglass bubble stopping the wind from cooling me down on the ride up though. Like Plake said "I wonder if these people are skiing or do they just happen to have a pair of skis on?"
 

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It's remarkable there is enough helicopter time available to fly all the parts up all the ski areas building new lifts across the country. It's a pretty short window between when the tower bases are ready for the parts and skiing starts in the winter. Sure seems like an extended period of weather grounding the few helicopters available could really muck things up.

Heated seats? Wow.
Heli time has been a big problem this summer for lift installers as many helis are also used in firefighting duties.

Copper still doesn't have its towers in....
 

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This is encouraging (the part about only being heated at the base) The only time I am ever cold getting on a lift is before my first run of the day; I still don't want a plexiglass bubble stopping the wind from cooling me down on the ride up though. Like Plake said "I wonder if these people are skiing or do they just happen to have a pair of skis on?"
If it’s like European lifts, then you don’t have to pull the bubble down. You can leave it up if it’s nice out.
 

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Heated seats do make a difference. Guests frequently comment favorably about the Powder Seeker chair with heated seats. Boyne thinks heated, covered, high speed chairs will be the standard for high traffic ski areas going forward. When it comes to chair lifts, it seems that "If we build it they will come" works.
 

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The estimated time from loading to unloading is a 2 minute ride give or take a few seconds, anytime of day or night during normal operating hours. Not running at 2 am, definitely not 2 am. May however run slowly at 2pm and occasionally on Tuesdays
 

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That's slowly getting more and more common in Europe. To be fair, the chair is only heated up when it is on the slow cable. Once it moves back to the fast cable, it stops. So the chair only heats you up for a short time.
Maybe this is what you're saying, but the heater gets charged when it's on the slow cable as it enters the base, and then it stops adding heat after it goes back on the fast cable. But the heat is designed to linger at least somewhat. It's very nice on the PowderSeeker lift, at least when it's working.

Based on what I've seen in Europe, in order to minimize mishaps, it's best to have individual starting gates in front of the magic carpet to make sure that everyone is lined up correctly (stripes on the carpet marking the separate lanes also help for when people try to shuffle over). If you don't have the aides ensuring that people are lined up properly, then you get more incidents when loading.
I believe Big Sky has said it will be carpet loaded. I would assume that will mean gates as well. The previous lift had people approaching from two sides quite often, so if they do things sensibly they'll set up some sort of left side approach and right side approach and avoid people crossing over.
 

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