27 Jan '16, 1am

Lift Line Maintenance: Making 6s

Lift Line Maintenance: Making 6s

On busy days at Crystal you might see ski patrollers doing “line maintenance” at the bottom of Forest Queen. Essentially we are trying to get groups of six onto each chair to help the line move faster. Forest Queen is an enormous chairlift with an uphill capacity of 3600 people per hour. That’s a lot of skiers and riders. But only if the chairs are full. Our job on these busy Saturdays is to fill up every chair so that the line moves faster. Period. And it’s harder than it might seem. Well, because math. It can also be like herding cats. First of all, there’s the counting thing. After fifteen minutes of “making 6s”, there’s bound to be a clerical error or two. Then, there’s the “side balancing” thing. If the line is quite long on the Broadway side, but short on the Queens side, part of our job is to balance it by letting more groups from the long side go than the short sid...

Full article: http://www.blogcrystal.com/2016/01/26/3283/

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