Bananas and Chairlifts!

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Do you recall the first time you were learning how to work out slopes in the snow? Whether you were strapped to a board or your feet were in rigid plastic boots connected to skis, you might recall what it was like to be moved down the hill, aiming to stay upright and get to the bottom with some grace left intact.

At the outset, you may have been at the bottom of the bunny hill, feeling just fine as you grabbed on to the tow rope and began to be tugged up the small hill. You watched more experienced skiers and boarders overhead on the lift, and then looked back down to the rope in your hands.

Once you got to the top, all you had to do was let go of the rope, steady yourself, hold your head high, and then, we’ll, make a go of it. You started to gain speed, and instead of going straight, you were headed sideways.

I got this. And for a minute, it seemed that maybe you were going to get yourself righted in the end. That illusion only lasted a few seconds before the reality of the situation set in: you were careening to the left, going full tilt, headed straight for the tow rope that just brought you up.

So what did you carry out? Well … you gave up on any kind of grace or pride whatsoever, hit your bum, obliterated, turned around, and looked back up the hill to make eye contact with your best pal. And you were cracking up in semi-embarrassment, but mostly because the situation was just funny.

And because you were averted from the rope, looking at said friend, you didn’t see how it was practically to become funnier. You felt a jerk on the back of your pants and started to be dragged across the snow. Ummmm … yep. The tow rope hook had come on the ground, snagged your pants, and began to take you along, too. (More laughter ensued, of course.).

Okay, but really. It’s amusing to reminisce on, but you were probably grateful when you managed to get in line for the chairlift, ride up in dignity, and keep your pride by staying upright all the way down. (Go, you!).

Chairlifts make it easy to get up the mountain (and it’s rather nice to be able to sit down and take a break between runs, too). Before they went along, people used other methods to get to the tops of slopes. But that all transformed in 1936 when the first chairlifts were installed in Sun Valley, ID, and it all started with bananas.

Only that the guy who came up with the concept of the chairlift had previously used a similar technique with bananas. James Curran, an employee of the Union Pacific Railroad, was an engineer who had come up with a cable system with hooks to transport bananas onto boats in Honduras.

And if just reading this makes you yearning to put your skis on, don’t forget that we specialize in group transportation and love taking care of the driving for ski trips. Additionally, we’ve got great storage capacity for all the gear, as well as anything else you might need to bring along. We ‘d love to get you up to where the air is clean and crisp and fresh powder is calling your name!

* For more details on this, check out this article for additional reading (we loved it):.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/magazine/who-made-that-ski-lift.html?_r=0.

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