The Rocky Mountain News's Tech section had a ski technology story with this amazing revelation:
Ski resorts are turning to technology to deliver skiers up the slopes more quickly, a move industry officials say has cut lift lines. In recent years, resorts in Colorado and elsewhere in the United States have been installing high-speed "detachable" chairlifts that whisk skiers up the mountain twice as quickly as older "fixed-grip" lifts.
Ummmm... so... the first high speed lift was installed in the state about 25 years ago. Since then, the fast four-packs (or six-packs) have pretty much become the norm.
Look for this next exciting story: Young rebellious "snowboarders" surf on snow!