Chair falls at Heavenly

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, NV - Heavenly Ski Resort says no one was injured when an unoccupied chair fell from the North Bowl chairlift, but 65 skiers had to be evacuated from the lift Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.

A Heavenly spokesman says it happened about 10:58 a.m., and Heavenly immediately stopped operating the chairlift, and Ski Patrol safely evacuated all 65 people from the lift. No one was injured.

Heavenly says it has suspended all operations for the North Bowl chairlift. Heavenly‘s Lift Maintenance team will investigate to determine the cause of the chair's fall.

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  • LiftGuyLiftGuy advanced
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    FYI- North Bowl is a Riblet Triple.
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
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    LiftGuy said:

    FYI- North Bowl is a Riblet Triple.

    Fixed grip?
  • Posts: 1,675

    LiftGuy said:

    FYI- North Bowl is a Riblet Triple.

    Fixed grip?
    If it's Riblet triple, then it is fixed-grip.
    - Sam
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
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    LiftGuy said:

    FYI- North Bowl is a Riblet Triple.

    Fixed grip?
    If it's Riblet triple, then it is fixed-grip.
    Wow.  The clip must have broken.  My guess is they'll have to test all the grips before that lift is back in business.
  • obienickobienick expert
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    With the Black Mountain discussion, IIRC someone mentioned the clips of a certain vintage Riblets are prone to failure?
  • LiftGuyLiftGuy advanced
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    obienick said:

    With the Black Mountain discussion, IIRC someone mentioned the clips of a certain vintage Riblets are prone to failure?

    Most of those have failed themselves out of service or been replaced with a redesigned replacement.
  • obienickobienick expert
    edited January 2016 Posts: 720
    What vintage grips, do you know?

    When did Vail buy Heavenly?

    Edit: 2002. Didn't realize it was such an early ASC sell off or that it went directly to Vail.
  • NELSBEERNELSBEER advanced
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    Probably the most efficient way of getting the lift back into action is a complete replacement of all the clips. This reduces the number of times the cable & chair are manipulated to 1 getting it running sooner. The public & inspectors will also respond much more positively to all new clips than mere assurances. 
  • LiftGuyLiftGuy advanced
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    NELSBEER said:

    Probably the most efficient way of getting the lift back into action is a complete replacement of all the clips. This reduces the number of times the cable & chair are manipulated to 1 getting it running sooner. The public & inspectors will also respond much more positively to all new clips than mere assurances. 
    We don't know yet that it WAS a clip failure, so no need to start replacing them all right off the bat.
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
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    LiftGuy said:

    NELSBEER said:

    Probably the most efficient way of getting the lift back into action is a complete replacement of all the clips. This reduces the number of times the cable & chair are manipulated to 1 getting it running sooner. The public & inspectors will also respond much more positively to all new clips than mere assurances. 
    We don't know yet that it WAS a clip failure, so no need to start replacing them all right off the bat.
    What else besides the clip holds the chair to the haul rope?  (Serious question - not intended to be rhetorical or sarcastic.)
  • tededetedede advanced
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    What else besides the clip holds the chair to the haul rope?  (Serious question - not intended to be rhetorical or sarcastic.)
    The bolt on the end of the clip, or any weld between the clip hangar and the chair itself.
  • LiftGuyLiftGuy advanced
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    tedede said:

    What else besides the clip holds the chair to the haul rope?  (Serious question - not intended to be rhetorical or sarcastic.)
    The bolt on the end of the clip, or any weld between the clip hangar and the chair itself.
    It is also possible for the clip to be "ejected" or "extracted" from the cable without failing if the carrier is exposed to side torque that might be attributed to the carrier coming in contact with a tower or tower machinery.
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    Gotta love how the Riblet grip design uses the tensile strength of the cable to secure itself into place rather than the far more common overhead clamp.

    Smoothest ride to the top of any lift I've ridden.

    Wonder if any other lift manufacturers utilized an insert-style grip?
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