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#1 Skiing#1

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 05:33 PM

In skilifts.org...glossary box and I can't find a loading carpet word and picture. Can you or someone put it in the glossary?

Thank you for taking your time to read my suggestion.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 07:19 PM

Thank you for the suggestion, I will add it for the new site.
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Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:09 AM

I'm reluctant to say anything negative about the glossary, because it is such a really excellent resource.

However a mention of a Nutcracker tows would complete the coverage of different types of lifts. Nutcrackers are a type of highly developed rope tow, where the rope is supported on waist high Pulleys meaning the lift can be up to a mile long. Nutcracker lifts allow a skier to go up very steep slopes (over 40 degrees) and are cheap to erect.

Not only were the dominant sort of ski lift in New Zealand and Australia for 20 years, (there are still about 50 of them operational down here), BUT they were also a feature of skiing in the United States and two are still operating, at  Meany Lodge in Washington state and Mount Greylock Ski Club in Massachusetts.

Riding them is something of an art and even expert skiers fall off the first few times they ride nutcracker lifts. The skier wears a belt which is connected to a rope gripping device (which looks like a giant kitchen nutcracker). To ride the lift, a skier grabs the moving rope with one hand and swings the nutcracker over the rope with the other hand. Then it's just a matter of riding the lift up the hill.

Here is an article on how to ride nutcracker lifts at New Zealand's "club fields" aimed at skiers who have previously only skied at big resorts.


I can supply a picture of a nutcracker and a harness if you want one.    :smile:

Details of every Australian ski lift ever built. http://www.australia...ralianskilifts/

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