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Gondola to Replace Merritts

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by Bluebird Snowbird, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. Bogong

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    I'm watching the TV news and have nothing else to do, so here's a list of ski lifts named after car sponsors.
    Most sponsor names only last a few years until the sponsorship ends when they gain a more conventional ski lift name.
    • Thredbo: (Toyota Land) Cruiser, this chairlift has kept its name for its whole life and I think there still is Toyota signage on the lift.
    • Hotham: Audi Quattro.
    • Falls Creek: Billia Volvo.
    • Perisher: (Land Rover) Freelander, (Subaru) Forester and (Jensen) Interceptor… or perhaps not, as Jensen stopped making their Interceptor GT car before the Interceptor chairlift was built.
    • Buller: Holden, Mercedes Benz and (Land Rover) Discovery. Skyline was built as a rope tow in 1959 and rebuilt in its current form as a T-bar in 1963, so it has nothing to do with the Nissan Skyline which was introduced in 1968.
    • Mt Buller also had an airline sponsorship with the Emirates chairlift.
     
  2. Bogong

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    From memory, she came fourth in her event at the 1948 Olympics and then defected?
     
  3. Telemark Phat

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    It didn't cost much to sponsor a run back then.
     
  4. linked_recoveries

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    Sascha and Frank’s story was documented in the SBS documentary series ‘Tales from a Suitcase’.

    Episode 5: Sasha Nekvapil and Frank Prihoda. Sasha defected from the Czech skiing team whilst competing in 1948 in Switzerland. She later emigrated to Australia with her husband and brother in search of new beginnings.
     
  5. Bogong

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    That would be fascinating to view. It's a shame so few of those old documentaries are on TV network "catch up" sites. Hopefully someone will at least upload it to YouTube, as otherwise it will be inaccessible, stored in a musty archive for decades until copyright expires.
     
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    Which was then sponsored by the radio station Fox FM to become the Fox Chair.
     
  7. Bogong

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    I didn't know that. I guessed it might have had something to do with Fox trucking, which at the time did some work for Grollo construction, but it's news to me that Fox was sponsored by the radio station of the same name. While the connection is obvious now I think about it, I haven't ridden that lift for many years, so I haven't seen the sponsorship and marketing on it. Thanks for the info.
     
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    THANK YOU
     
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    Yep plastered with Fox FM paraphernalia and blasting out Fox FM at all times when you ride it! Haha.
     
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  10. Covo

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    If any of you go to thredbo, you should do a POV video of the entire gondola ride
     
  11. Ozgirl

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    Happy too!

    Am sure Thredbo will do it as a part of marketing on opening day i am sure!
     
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    Like it was from the chair but a more restricted view , and no super cool old school saftey chain.
     
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  13. Ozgirl

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    a friend sent me a video of the gondi turning - video was taken from the base.
     
  14. Alleve

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    According to Stuart Diver they're currently load testing
     
  15. Ozgirl

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    yeah thats why my mate is there...
     
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    The covers are off the gondolas and the wheelie bins are getting first ride. I was expecting the cabins to be red like the display cabin at Friday Flat last winter. .
     
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    Those wheels bins jumped the queue EVERY start of winter
     
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  19. Bogong

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    It's interesting to compare the new gondolas with the other recent Doppelmayr gondola built in this country in Dec 2016. The ones on the Arthurs Seat Eagle at Dromana in Victoria look very similar, although the Thredbo cabins don't have prison bars on the windows.
    [​IMG]
     
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  20. Snow Blowey

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    People don't need to try and force the bars at Thredbo to jump out - because the whole cabin will probably just fall off instead.
     
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    @ $159 a day to boot.
     
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  22. Donzah

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    Haven't contributed to a lift failing yet!
     
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  23. Snow Blowey

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    Need to get some dubbo girls down there to give it a proper test.
     
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    bargin
     
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  25. Townsend

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    So was I!!!
     
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  26. Telemark Phat

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    Gondolas are detachable!
     
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  27. Bogong

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    Good, now we have an operational gondola at Thredbo, they can generate much needed extra revenue with novelty cabins.

    Sauna gondola in Finland. (Where else could it be?)

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    Glass floored gondola cabin, Cairns Skyrail.

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    Luxury gondola in Austria, (leather seats, booze, multi media gizmos, etc.)

    [​IMG]

    Build one of each of these and charge like wounded bulls.
    There will always be enough people with more money than sense who will book them.
    They would also generate lots of free publicity for Thredbo.
     
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    Reminds me of the "Vibe Rater" sendup on the Ray Martin isolation show. Very funny.
     
  29. Ozgirl

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    Update - there is a red gondie.

    The display one is actually on the line.
     
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  30. Ozgirl

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    Yes i went and saw for myself





    (i saw the red one too late)
     
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    I think the BMW one is at Kaltenbach. Saw it in January(didn't ride)
     
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  32. Bogong

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    There's also a gondola known as the Couple’s Cabin, Wedding Gondola or Banging Cabin in Germany. I couldn't find an interior photo so I don't know if it has a bed, but it definitely has tinted windows and the artwork leaves little to the imagination.
    [​IMG]
     
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    LOLLOL Klopfe nicht an, wenn es rockt.
     
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    I skie'd Arber, its just across the border from Czech Republic. That gondie is super short and not even sure why they just don't have normal lift. The 6 pac to the left is the same length. You wouldn't even get your pants off before your at the top!!
     
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    Am glad you panned across to the left in the second video to the guy with the angle grinder. For a new lift it was sounding a bit rough for a while!
     
  36. Ozgirl

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    A friend of mine and @LMB was a fraction more to the left and I didn't notice him in work gear!
     
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    @Bogong

    Behold the KFC Gondola in Hakuba..
    *they also named their Gondolas Adam, Eve and Noah?
    [​IMG]
     
  38. Bogong

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    That's brilliant. It looks like Col Sanders is standing next to a Christmas tree. I heard somewhere that it's become a tradition amongst many Japanese to have KFC on Christmas day and apparently the characters of Col Sanders and Father Christmas are being confused and merged in the minds of less westernised people, although I guess they're both elderly white men with white beards.
     
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    Thredbo needs one of these to disinfect the new gondola cabins.

     
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    Oh that’s clever
     
  41. Hanz Onyawaif

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    There is also a ski in ski out KFC on the slopes!
     
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    I have heard rumors that there is an official opening/ribbon cutting on Saturday, with some politicians in attendance.
     
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    I heard they were doing a 'virtual' opening...
     
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    Excess warm viral incubators hanging around in groups at the base of the gondola?
     
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    I saw Torah Bright open a package from Thredbo on her insta story yesterday, including a Winter 2020 pass (it has the artwork on it by the kid who won the competition) plus a little momento miniature gondola. So I assumed the opening was yesterday or today
     
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    ^ the kid can be said to owe their very existence to this esteemed forum as i understand it...;)
     
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    Awwww a ski dot com love story....cute. I’m excited to get my new pass in the mail with the artwork on it, hopefully any day now!
     
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    Good to see it finished in time for their winter season start. Impressive construction effort given all the fire and virus problems.

    One odd thing I was told on the weekend is that the patrol rescue sleds do not fit in the cabins although a patient on a backboard will fit. Hence patients may need to be brought down by oversnow vehicles.
     
  50. Ozgirl

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    Maybe she was invited to the Saturday one?

    Also there was a Ch 7 news story with a reporter their so maybe they are there for it?