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#1 djspookman

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 07:39 AM

Has anyone been on, or knows how these lifts work at Portillo, Chile? I was broswing their website when I found them. Here's a link to the website: Portillo Lifts What I got from reading the page was that the lifts are essentially a typical platter pull but there are 5 discs to use that Poma manufatured, and there are only 2 in the world, both at Portillo. Apparently they are used because of the avalanche prone area that they are in. Anyone have more info?

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 01:26 PM

It says its a pulley drilled into the mountainside. Never seen these before. A better question is how they load and unload a five-seater pomalift. Good find, Dave
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 01:47 PM

For those who have seen a few of the older Warren Miller movies, this lift is seen a lot in the scenes filmed at this resort.
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 03:25 PM

I think i've seen this in a photo. Its like a rack hanging from the cable with 5 skiers in a row.
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 06:52 PM

thats pretty cool, maybe they have the lower haulrope in a tube under the snow or something.

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Posted 08 November 2005 - 05:04 AM

View Postfloridaskier, on Nov 7 2005, 04:26 PM, said:

A better question is how they load and unload a five-seater pomalift. Good find, Dave


thanks..

I was wondering this too... That could lead to quite the mess loading/unloading!

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Posted 08 November 2005 - 08:09 AM

From what video footage I have seen of this lift, it looks like it can only take 5 people up at a time and then it goes back down the hill. I guess you could call it a jig-back type lift.
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Posted 08 November 2005 - 08:13 AM

View PostSkiBachelor, on Nov 8 2005, 11:09 AM, said:

From what video footage I have seen of this lift, it looks like it can only take 5 people up at a time and then it goes back down the hill. I guess you could call it a jig-back lift.


ahh.. that would simplify the loading/unloading issues I was thinking of.

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Posted 08 November 2005 - 10:12 AM

View Postdjspookman, on Nov 8 2005, 07:13 AM, said:

ahh.. that would simplify the loading/unloading issues I was thinking of.

dave

I can't remember the issue but Skiing had a Portillo article a number of years ago and they mentioned the unloading process. There are a series of signs that tell which person when to unload and the design of the platter of the last person to unload is different. I dont really remember much of the article but I will try to find it so I can get all the information from it.
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Posted 08 November 2005 - 05:53 PM

its called a "va et viene" or something french like that. But yeah, its a five person poma. Very hard to get on and off.





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