The High Speed Quad
Here is a short explanation of how a high-speed detachable
ski lift works.

The lift pictured below is the Pony Express in Steamboat,

It was built by:
Garaventa CTEC
This page is a flow chart of how a high-speed quad terminal
works.  Follow down and click pictures for larger views.
A chair going down the line to the
The chair rounds the station.
The chair begins to accelerate to leave
the terminal.
The chair enters the derailer.  Notice
how the black arm stabilizes the chair.
The black metal strip derails the chair
while the black wheels slow down the
chair until the unloading speed is
And off goes the chair!
A chair in the base terminal slowed
down to the loading speed.
If a chair needs to be repaired it can be
removed here and left on this rail.
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