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Chair down on Gunbarrel, Thredbo?

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by azzski, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. azzski

    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Apparently about 3:30pm this evening. Second hand info

     
  2. Alleve

    Alleve Hard Yards

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    This wouldn't be the first time this has happened from what I've heard
     
  3. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its being talked about in Thredbo forums
     
  4. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    was it empty at the time?
     
  5. PowWow

    PowWow Hard Yards

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    Fake news? Nothing anywhere but FB. Same story as 2016 on Gunbarrel.
     
  6. PowWow

    PowWow Hard Yards

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    Which forums?
     
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    No idea if it's current. Going by the time of day that the lift stopped , snow conditions and jackets/skis ....kinda like current
     
  9. Ariel_skier

    Ariel_skier First Runs

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  10. PowWow

    PowWow Hard Yards

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  11. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    I wonder what side of the chair he was sitting on?
     
  12. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

    Scott No Mates Ver 1.1 Addicted

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  13. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    You should be able to sit anywhere on a chair without it falling off. The preference is of course to balance a chair as level as possible but that is not an operating prerequisite.

    Chairs should not fall off in any normal operating circumstance.
     
  14. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Yeah! totally agree but as you know in high wind your positioning on the chair is exacerbated. From what I heard the chair hit the tower which instigated the release from the cable.
    End of story, it's a freak accident. Let's move on.
     
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  15. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    2 freak accidents in 3 years. Same chair. How many freak accidents are required before it becomes not a freak accident?
     
  16. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    So was dreamworld
     
  17. azzski

    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm no expert when it comes to this sort of thing, but an occupied chair falling isn't something I'm comfortable just "moving on" from.
     
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  18. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah pretty much..
    However negative publicity is not something ski resorts in this country deal with very well.
    "she'll be right, we know more than you"
     
  19. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here’s a voucher for hot choc.
     
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  20. azzski

    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    The occupant of the chair sure has a lot more of a legitimate reason to sue than that doctor who got a whack from the Mt P double chair a few years ago, that's for sure.
     
  21. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    It is very difficult for a chair to hit a tower and especially with some one sitting on it, an extreme event. I question the "It hit a tower" claims.

    Clamp failure ....
     
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  22. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Seriously? On a ski forum we shouldn’t discuss a major failure of THE critical and defining piece of infrastructure for ski resorts?
     
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  23. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    In Thredbo, this is actually quite valuable. If they could team it with queue priority at Merrits restaurant at lunchtime, even more so!
     
  24. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    This. Surely taking the piss....or part of the ski resort ..."move along, we take this seriously"
     
  25. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    May be worth a carpark in the village?
     
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  26. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Reminds me of my favourite sign
    “Freak waves are common”
    Huh???
     
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  27. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Steady there big fella
     
  28. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    posthumously obviously
     
  29. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cmon Thredbo

    We have:
    • A de-cabled derelict line
    • A chair that runs ~340 days a year
    • A chair that is 700 years old with chain and hose pipe for safety, very European (well, Eastern Bloc)
    • Another chair (increasingly used as backup in windy periods and with MTBs) which has lost two chairs in three seasons in wind
    • Four tees not open for most of the initial month of season....
    Hopefully nothing goes wrong with Friday Flat or Cruiser.....
     
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  30. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    In memorium
     
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  31. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just looking at the photo (might check it out IRL next time), the chair top, could maybe hit the arm of the tower, it doesn't look like anywhere as much of a swing, as you would need to actually hit the tower proper.
     
  32. Call_me_Ishmael

    Call_me_Ishmael One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Gotta keep those chairs rolling for the snow guarantee
     
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  33. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I do not understand how you walk from a chair dropping that height though. Surely, unless you had bailed, you would get hurt just by the chair itself.
     
  34. dawooduck

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    It very difficult for a loaded chair to hit a tower, free swinging is more of an issue.

    The other factor is the force involved to actually detach a chair.

    My speculation call, clamp failure passing through pulley set. Last tower carries a lot of forces.
     
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  35. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Direct drop into relatively uncompacted snow with a down slope would dissipate forces. Legs up as it falls, rolls backwards on impact.

    A very lucky chair rider indeed.
     
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  36. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lucky physically, but mentally? Many would hesitate to ever get back on a chair.
     
  37. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    :eek::eek::eek: **** off I’d need at least 2
     
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  38. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh of course.

    My first overseas trip coincided with landing in Malta a week after Isreali commandos stormed a PLO hijacked plane, quite sobering seeing the burnt out plane sitting on the tarmac. Life goes on, trauma manifests erratically.

    The chair rider should be very angry.
     
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  39. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    This!

    As passionate as I am - taking a ride on a falling chair would have me switch to skins or tbars exclusively!
     
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  40. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Me either.
    You’d have trouble getting back on one!
     
  41. linked_recoveries

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    Hmm. I guess holding out for a lifetime of free season passes wouldn't work if you're not inclined to ever get back on a chair.
     
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  42. Untele-whippet

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    Probably a telemarker
     
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  43. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That rollback video from OS is in the back of my mind every time I get on a chair nowadays...
    Let alone this
     
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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Riding those big cable cars in Europe is an exercise in total faith
     
  45. Untele-whippet

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    The marketing is working!
    Perisher is better.
     
  46. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    As long as the military aren't flying around....
     
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    There is a second picture on Miss Snow it all that shows him in the snow down hill about 2 to 3 metres away he may have been lucky enough to have the bar up and fallen away from the chair.
     
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    The lifties are constantly yelling out at punters who forget to put the bar down. Maybe safer to leave it up.
     
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    And compulsory avi airbags to cushion the fall.
    Oh wait.................
     
  50. azzski

    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just to have it here as well, sourced from Snowsbest:
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