Balancing trail with lift design
This paper reviews different methods for estimating trail capacities for winer sports and summer use of lift served Alpine areas. It offers some rules of thumb for synchronizing uphill and downhill capacity with the aim of retaining high recreation quality. Three different points of view are represented: 1) Justification of seasonal or peak demand for lift capacity, 2) The waiting line concept, 3) Preservation of a comfortable carrying capacity of trails at traffic bottlenecks. More recent research conducted in Austria on the subject is reviewed to analyze the complex skier and snowboarder traffic ...
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