Pros and Cons: Gondolas and Chairlifts

Pros and Cons: Gondolas and Chairlifts

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Pros and Cons: Gondolas and Chairlifts

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Since the introduction of the first gondola in the United States at Wildcat Mountain Ski Area in 1957, there has been a division between gondola skiers and chairlift skiers. Although both may utilize each other’s preferred systems of uphill ski transportation, skiers and snowboarders will choose a side and frequent one more than the other. Here are the pros and cons of riding gondolas vs. riding chair lifts.

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Gondolas

Pros:

  • Gives a chance to warm up, de-fog goggles, and call your mom to tell her how rad your day is
  • Allows time for beer drinking as well as other extra curricular activities without the interruption of wind… Tanner Hall knows what I’m talking about!
  • Offers a chance to get friendly with your gondola company. Especially if that company includes a member of the opposite sex, just ask Squirrel…

Cons:

  • Have to take your skis off to ride the gondola
  • At some point, must share a gondola with gapers who sport intolerable bad breath
  • Usually slower than a high-speed quad

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Chair Lifts

Pros:

  • Easy and quick access (no taking off your skis). Ski on, ski off.
  • As long as the chair is not at the base, it’s no problem snagging a chair with just the buddies
  • Unobstructed views of the upcoming run as well as the gaping public. “Dad is that you down there!?”
  • Ability to heckle from the chair
  • Solo chairs offer time to ponder the meaning of life

Cons:

  • The cold days are especially cold on a high-speed quad
  • They’re even colder on a slow, fixed grip double
  • The bar… need I say more?
  • Ever been on a chair in 50 mph + winds? I don’t recommend it
  • No Squirrel sessions

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