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Discussion in 'Hotham & Dinner Plain' started by Richard, May 9, 2018.
Fundraiser for DWA?
A friends edited farewell message to his buddy, the old double chair...
I have just had my last ride on the Playground double chair. This lift has been a huge part of my life on snow. I remember when she was built in 1969 how she played up in her first year. I remember my first day tickets as a teenager. I remember the top to bottom skiing back then.
I remember the Ski the Giant Hotham. I remember Steve Hall allowing me to work as a lunch time Liftie on the mid load and occasionally the bottom station.
I remember when she derailed, when the grip slipped, when she was washed away in a flood at the load station, when Sun Run was built for the less capable to use the Sun Run T bar, when she was shortened. I remember when I knocked the doors out one morning when I started her.
She has been a faithful servant for Mount Hotham for many years but now the end is near. I will miss you and so will many others. I am not sure I will enjoy watching you being removed and I am a sure you will resist all the way.
Perhaps change the wording a little bit as I probably didn't explain it too well. When the flood occurred, water and debris washed down what is currently the valley trail taking the old load of the chair with it. The debris didn't come down the creek itself as it exited slightly downstream of the load. To rebuild they had two options - 1. rebuild the load above the creek like previously or 2. extend the flume pipes a further 20m downstream and fill the whole area in so it exits close to where it does now. They chose the latter.
This still is from a video after the washout. It occurred in 1989. You can see the old tower assembly at the bottom which would have been replaced in the following months prior to the next winter.
I'm assuming they'll announce the removal of the lift once Hero Passes end of sale occurs. Doesn't sound too good if they're trying to flog off tickets and announce the removal of lifts at the same time.
On another note, the mobile snowguns in Slalom Gully are back in ready for the 2019 season.
So the lift is defiantly getting removed?
Disgusting if true
So does the Audi 4 need to be an Audi 6 in the future?
And how many hours did it operate this season?
Honestly if they removed it and made a track down lower playground for learners to avoid death gully is has to be an improvement.
I’m sure if you read the plan for hotham you can see what their long term plan is....
I think its hardly run in the last 2 seasons because they have been great seasons..... IMO. Its useful in crap depth seasons with crap weather in particular the mid load for blue skiiers on sun run on crappy days, and the lower load for better skiiers when blue ribs or orchard isnt open and slalom is chockers
But yeah @N0frilz maybe we are just being weaned off it
Have heard it referred to as "Twirligig Bowl."
On to 2019