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and yet, here and there, all over Japan, one still
can find old single chair lifts. This is not so
strange, for a fair number of single chair lifts
are still in operation in various countries. It is
just that the Japanese single chair is unlike
any others in the world.
Furano's top lift was such a relic. It had
no bar to pull in front of you and no side rail
on either side. Even the backrest is no more
than about ten centimeters high. Basically,
they look like small flat stools and nothing
more, and are horrifying at first glance. I think
that Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and many
other brave space travelers would think twice
about mounting one of these primitive contraptions.
All the locals were lining up for the lift
without trepidation. I reluctantly slid in front
of my first "stool lift". Once airborne, it was
really no problem, but I was glad the wind
was not blowing!
Sadly, slowly but surely, many of these
antiquated lifts are being replaced. The modernization and development in Eastern Europe in the past 25 years has seen a number
of wonderful old contraptions become relegated to the junkyard.
When I visited Mt. Chopok in Slovakia in
the nineties, they had some chair lifts that
were quite unique. One was a double chair on
which one sat sideways while going up the

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UPPER LEFT: To
maximize the capacity
of the chairlift in
Haldigrat, which has
an uphill capacity of
only 55 people per
hour, the eccentric
owner, Kurt Mathis,
even puts the cargo
lift into service for
passengers.
UPPER RIGHT: The
unique engineering
of the infamous
Roca Jack lift in
Portillo, Chile was
necessitated by
numerous avalanches
that continually
demolished the lift
towers of previous
lifts. The Roca Jack
exists without the
benefit of a lift tower.
LOWER: The
"garbage-can" lift
on the Marmolada
in Italy is a dying
breed. I have
experienced
similar lifts in
the past in Cortina,
Alagna, and Åre in
Sweden, but I fear
they have all
disappeared by now,
including this one.
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