Take a ride on North America’s most high-tech ski lift
This is the Ramcharger 8, built as the world's most technologically advanced chairlift.
It just opened at the Big Sky Resort in Montana.
There are other eight-seaters in Europe, but this is the first eight-seater in North America and also the first Doppelmayr D-line direct drive chairlift in the world.
That new gearless drive system makes the lift more energy efficient, quieter, and significantly easier to maintain.
Because of the size of the carrier and the number of carriers we went from about twenty two hundred people per her to currently we are at three thousand two hundred people per houir.
We have a Automatic loading carpet that will raise and lower at the touch move button to make safer and easier loading for small children, etc.
The loading carpet transports everyone to the same point but we don't have it missed loads.
Actually go here and we can see where things are.
And we go to the outside we can raise all the tires.
And half of the entire set of chairs can [INAUDIBLE]
The more we can boost the seat heat, it's all thermostat with controls so that the lift knows how warm it is and varies how long the seat gets heated for that.
About 345, a nice lady's voice will get on and say we Attention please [UNKNOWN] todays operation will end in 15 minutes.
We wish you a pleasant journey.
We can also get on and talk to the entire [UNKNOWN] you could sing donkey [UNKNOWN] if you would like.
Main stream just tellings us we're doing 5.1 meters per second.
Shows you a little rotation on the left.
See if we.
Have a chair loaded that we want the top terminal to be aware of, we can mark that chair.
We can just hit a button, when that chair comes into the top terminal or just prior to it coming in, an alarm goes off.
We can also program to where when that chair comes in if we want it to slow down automatically, it will slow down automatically or even stop.
I've gotta say, this is about the most luxurious chair lift experience I've ever had, and a few upgrades are still coming.
Next year, three of Dobblemeyer's new Omega Five gondola cabins will be added, including a VIP cabin and two dining cars, which Big Sky is billing as the smallest restaurant in North America.
I'm David [UNKNOWN] for cnet.com, thanks for watching.