One of Whistler Blackcomb's current methods for loading adaptive mountain bikes.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A newly developed adaptive aerial lift could change the lift-served mountain biking game for adaptive riders, significantly reducing the complicated and timely loading process that adaptive riders currently experience.

Whistler Blackcomb’s current method for uploading adaptive mountain bikes

A team built from the University of Utah’s Spinal Cord Injury Acute Rehabilitation program and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and sponsored by the University of Utah’s Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbluth designed the new Adaptive Mountain Bike Chairlift.

The project website explains that adaptive riders deal with load times up to 15 minutes, requiring assistance getting on/off their bike and on/off the chairlift. Plus, the three or four wheel adaptive mountain bikes are awkwardly placed on designed for two wheels. With the new chair, loading can be reduced to just 3 minutes, allowing the rider to stay on their bike the entire time while significantly reducing the impact on bike traffic.

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbluth is the founder of Tetradapt, the company responsible for the creation of the Tetraski and the Tetra Watercraft.

According to Pique News Magazine, a prototype of the new lift was showcased by Dr. Rosenbluth in Whistler on June 6. Groups with Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Adaptive Ski Program took a look at the equipment.

One of Whistler Blackcomb’s current methods for loading adaptive mountain bikes.

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