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Question Interceptor mid-station load - suitability for kids?

Discussion in 'Perisher' started by Lady Penelope, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was wondering how easy/difficult it would be to load children on to the Interceptor chair at mid-station, given it doesn't seem to slow down much (at all?)? My older two (12 and 9) are quite proficient little skiers but the younger one isn't the fastest out of the blocks at loading time ...
     
  2. Donza

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    Its fine , no difference to loading at the bottom.
     
  3. Slalom

    Slalom A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I wouldn't be concerned.
     
  4. cold wombat

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    The trick is to be quick moving in to position immediately after the chair prior.
     
  5. Donza

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    If youre thinking this weekend , you may struggle , you can only load three on a empty chair, I think there wouldn't be to many of them.
     
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  6. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good point.
    Much more of a concern than the actual butt on seat process.
     
  7. redcorpsjames

    redcorpsjames First Runs

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    I was there last weekend. it was really busy... and they were loading every chance they got at mid station. They slow the lift down for you if you think its speed will be a problem.
     
  8. neko

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    If you do manage to get an empty chair put the younger one in the middle. The sides of the loading point have plastic (or wood, cant remember) rails down the side and if the snow has been scraped off the top they are *really* slippery.

    But as others have said, I don't like your chances of getting an empty chair. If there is enough of a queue forming then the liftie at mid station will call bottom for a few empty chairs to be sent up, but I wouldn't count on this.

    If you are loading onto a chair with others on it keep to the right hand side as you move into the loading point as the people on the chair will move across to the left hand side.

    Failing all of the above... force the young one to get up the small hill past mid station and use the cutting around the final peak to skiers left and go all the way to the bottom :)
     
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  9. Donza

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    IMO they should shut the mid station on weekends when its busy.
    Its great in Sept when it gets quiet.
     
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  10. neko

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    But then you upset the snowboarders coming back from North P who are too lazy to skate up the hill (or maybe that's just a 'me' problem).
     
  11. redcorpsjames

    redcorpsjames First Runs

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    its fine as long as no one stacks it. then we all wait...
     
  12. Donza

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    The thing is, if you ski down to the bottom you get lift priority anyways, faster than loading at mid alot of times.
     
  13. neko

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    Oh, and don't forget to sacrifice a set of poles to the Interceptor chair gods as you come through mid station for the first time.
     
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    redcorpsjames First Runs

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    All of us snowboarders would make it up the hill and then down to the bottom station, but these dopes with a snowboard on each foot are zig zaging across the track, which prevents us from straight lining.
     
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  16. Lady Penelope

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    Hmm, good advice, thanks. I was wondering about the likelihood of an empty chair on a weekend. May just put up with a bit of whinging from Mr 9 and tackle the small hill just before mid station load. He hates traversing, much less going UPHILL on skis :confused:
     
  17. Legs Akimbo

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    Daddy Lift is what we called it. Poles behind, grasped by child. Sucker Dad in front, skating. Or whooshkas - parent coming in behind child at a carefully judged speed and a push in the child's back.
     
  18. Lady Penelope

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    Good on you, @Legs Akimbo - I admire that parenting philosophy! Knowing my luck, a "carefully judged" push in my son's back would result in an immediate face plant ... And let's not even go there with the thought of hauling him up the hill - he's going to have to make his own way, I'm afraid!
     
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    Mind you, at 9 mine was perfectly capable of skating for herself. The year she turned 9 it was her 7th year, including a couple of trips to Canada.
     
  20. LMB

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    Oh @Lady Penelope that made me laugh!
    Mostly because I've done exactly that to my little snowboarder all those years ago. I tend to think they will learn to skate/scootch/or ride out the well meaning shove in the back if every time they whinge Mama shoves them in the back and they splat on the ground.
    ROFL
     
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    fire him out of the snow making canon, here's our GS at 8:
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