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Old 01-27-2020, 12:01 PM
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Default Re: Snowcat skiing 2017-2018 season

Sean,

I just noticed that the bench/seat on the back of your Bombi has "YAN" built into the seat back. That would likely indicate it's actually a chair from a ski lift. You probably already knew that, but do you know the safety record of that company?

From Wikipedia:

Lift Engineering, more commonly known as Yan Lifts, was a major ski lift manufacturer in North America. Founded in 1965 and based in Carson City, Nevada, the firm came under scrutiny by state safety officials after a fatal accident in 1985, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 1996 after multiple other accidents resulting in 3 deaths.[1]
The company built at least 200 fixed-grip chairlifts,[citation needed] as well as 31 high-speed quads.[2] The company's lifts have been involved in the deaths of five people and the injury of at least 70, the worst record of any ski-lift maker operating in North America.
After a series of accidents, Yan Lifts were outlawed in certain states including California and Colorado. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1996. Eventually, Yan Lifts manufactured new track and cables for the Angels Flight funicular, but the company, now called YanTrak, went out of business in 2001 after a major accident.[3]
The last chairlifts yan in Iran, Isfahan city, was rebuilt and re-installed, in area forest_najvan park by yan 7 grip (designe pol X west).in year 2013 And now it's in operation.
Only one Lift Engineering Detachable remains after La Roca, the last unmodified Lift Engineering chair, was scrapped following an accident similar to the notable one at Whistler. This lift can be found at the Nazhvan Forest Park in Iran, and, unlike La Roca, is lift is a re-installation from Silver Star with the safer Pol-X-West grips.

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Old 01-27-2020, 10:19 PM
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Default Re: Snowcat skiing 2017-2018 season

.. Hmmm, very interesting. so it would seem it's safer mounted on the back of a ''Bombi'' ,... rather than on a high Ariel . I concur. sign me up... ( dry humor) looks comfy, don't have to hike up to ski, carry equip., etc. no risk , no reward,.. cool info B/F/T ,.. I mean,.. how fast is the bombi uphill loaded ,.... deep snow...
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Hello Blackfoot Tucker, thanks for the information about Yan lifts. As a kid I rode those chairs at Loveland. Then i worked at Loveland ski area for a decade. I worked the old chair #2 a lot and was really excited to get a chair off of it and put it on my br-100. It's fun and nostalgic to ride on that chair for cat laps because it has been taking me to ski laps since I was 10 years old.

Mr boring guy. The Bombi will go as fast as any old cat really should. I don't usually try and go fast. Last trip out I had 6 in/on the cat and two towing for laps at 10k-12k feet of elevation.

Here are some of the pictures Liberty Skis and Freeskier magazine posted on Instagram.

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Put in this little road for some quick laps
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My favorite picture of the day.
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Old 02-06-2020, 04:37 PM
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Got out in the snow yesterday. The snow was really good. It was super cold outside. There were 4 private cats out. My br-100, a thiokol, the Scooby-Doo cat and a yellow trooper. We skied most of the day and several different aspects. Expecting more snow the next few days but also increased avalanche danger.

I had issues with the cat running weird. It eventually threw a code and the check engine light came on. Turns out both of my O2 sensors were bad and the mass air sensor was full of junk. All fixed and ran great yesterday.

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Default Re: Snowcat skiing 2017-2018 season

Great that you figured it out! Mass Air Flow sensors can be pita! I had a truck that would start and run fine for 5 secs then shut off and it threw all sorts of codes, I changed out the Camshaft Position sensors, Crank Sensor, then finally I got to the MAF code and it was a stupid tiny bug between the wires.... how it got thru the air filter is beyond me...
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.. great pics... whats the engine in your bombi. the mystery machine is a riot .. good humor .
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Several feet of snow fell in Colorado over about 36 hours. It was a struggle to get to Vail pass and hours of waiting for the parking lot to be cleared. But despite everything it was totally worth the trip. The groomer didn't get out at all during the storm and was buried to the doors when we got there. So it was up to archmage to put in the road. The tracks he was leaving were over 3ft deep. He was pushing snow with the nose of the cat. We were able to make it most places. It was a great day. The next post will be pictures of all the getting stuck and breaking things.

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Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures.

Glad you had a good time.
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Hey boys, there are is a creek over there.

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