One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A series of chairs hung from a moving cable, used for carrying people up and down a mountain.
- ‘There are 12 lifts, including a gondola, chairlifts, button tows and T-bars, which cover most of the mountain.’
- ‘Downhillers can ride chairlifts to the top of Moose and Mystery mountains, then bomb down 35 miles of rocky singletrack.’
- ‘The local mountain-bike association's future plans include installing a chairlift to transport bikes and riders to the top of the mountain.’
- ‘I once loaded him on the chairlift at Cypress Mountain.’
- ‘It styles itself as Colorado's Perfect Ski Mountain and this year has added snow-making equipment and new chairlifts.’
- ‘‘The guests don't even have to pay for anything other than the cost of the chairlift or cable car,’ he explains.’
- ‘This winter, the year-old resort has added 25 more runs and a quad chairlift, bringing the mountain to a total of 76 runs and five chairlifts.’
- ‘The three areas have over two dozen ski lifts, mostly chairlifts and gondolas, serving a multitude of trails and runs from the valley floor to open slopes above treeline.’
- ‘The number who had got on to the mountain was far fewer than when the old chairlift had been in operation, she added.’
- ‘In terms of facilities, the mountain offers a mix between older one-person chairlifts, drag lifts, and two modern high-speed chairlifts, one triple and one quad.’
- ‘The resort also has a chairlift to carry you to your downhill adventure.’
- ‘We decided that we would walk to Purple Mountain (Mt. Zhongshan) and catch the chairlift up to the top.’
- ‘Eventually the bankers built themselves a chairlift, opened the mountain to the public, and called it Stowe, after the nearby town.’
- ‘The decision to provide avalanche control in Flute Bowl, a short hike from the mountain's Peak or Harmony chairlifts, adds another 700 acres of unpisted snow for expert skiers.’
- ‘You can find more sophisticated dining at Café Diva, at the base of the mountain, or take a chairlift and then a moonlit snowshoe tour to sup at Ragnar's, a Norwegian restaurant at an elevation of 9,325 feet.’
- ‘I buzzed, I forgot about my feet, I gibbered ecstatically to strangers on chairlifts, I laughed and whooped, soared and floated.’
- ‘There are no flash high-speed chairlifts scattered all over the mountain.’
- ‘By this stage we had only an hour to get back to the hut - raced part way back along the crater rim, down the mountain until we got to the top chairlift and begged a ride down from the Marley-listening operators.’
- ‘Using a gas barbecue is like going rock climbing and taking the chairlift to the top of the mountain.’
- ‘Every so often there was a comforting buzz and jingle in my ski jacket pocket as the messages came through on chairlifts, on the top of mountains, and in mountain top cafes.’
2A device for carrying people in wheelchairs from one floor of a building to another.
- ‘There would be chairlift access for disabled people to all floors.’
- ‘‘Without the incredible help of the Macmillan nurses, who sorted everything out for us from wheelchairs and a chairlift to emotional support, I would have just blundered along on my own,’ he said.’
- ‘But I would plump for the chairlift which wheeches you up the stairs, a handy device if you have had a bottle or two too much of the tonic wine.’
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