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Has a Haul Rope Ever Failed?

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Posted: Jan 07, 2012 - 1:32 AM GMT

With the exception of things like fighter jets hitting them, has this ever happened to an elevated ski lift in the history of skiing?
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Posted: Jan 07, 2012 - 2:03 AM GMT

With the exception on lightning, trees falling, ice buildup, or hunters shooting them I don't think I have ever herd of one failing. Most Haul ropes are retired after about 20 % of their usable life. This is measured by the decreasing diameter of the rope as it wares. Short lifts will ware out ropes faster than long lifts, as they turn the bullwheel more often. Ropes are checked yearly, and records are kept of their measurments.
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Posted: Jan 07, 2012 - 2:13 AM GMT

If I recall, the last (and possibly only one) was at Windham, in the early 60's.

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Posted: Jan 07, 2012 - 2:19 AM GMT

I'd love to hear the story of the hunter who destroyed a haul rope. I'm guessing he wasn't using bird shot.

...and what happened at Windham?
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Posted: Jan 07, 2012 - 6:54 AM GMT

Gunstock single back in the 50's or early 60s. They didn't rotate the chairs and it corroded under one of the grips.

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Posted: Jan 07, 2012 - 12:09 PM GMT

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Gunstock single back in the 50's or early 60s. They didn't rotate the chairs and it corroded under one of the grips.


Summer 1956. One fatality and multiple injuries.

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Posted: Jan 07, 2012 - 12:46 PM GMT

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I'd love to hear the story of the hunter who destroyed a haul rope. I'm guessing he wasn't using bird shot.

...and what happened at Windham?


Interestingly enough the rope did not fail, it was damaged, but didn't
part. It was decided that someone used a high power rifle on it.

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Posted: Jan 07, 2012 - 1:51 PM GMT

When the current Cannon tram was being built a dozer driver slipped backwards over one of the cables. I don't recall which one it was. They had to take a portable xray machine up the mountain to check the cable. It was fine.

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