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Skiing's Mile High Club

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East Scene 1004

"I remember sucking face in the old Killington gondola, pines a 43-year-old skier, who prefers to remain anonymous. "In those days, the 15-minute ride was long enough for a serious case of blue balls.

Unlike the airborne hotel rooms of yesteryear, today's high-speed gondolas are roomy enough for a party with the Hilton sisters. Still, their efficiency has some downsides: Wear too many layers, and you'll reach the top shack before you can undo your studded belt. "Seven minutes is pretty tough if you're not in high school anymore, says another John Doe. Nonetheless, some people like a challenge. If you're up to it, check out this roundup of Eastern love pods.

8-passenger Killington Skyeship

Ride Time:

7 min. (to midstation)

Shag Factor:

From the base station on Rte. 4, it's easy to get a cabin to yourself on a slow day.

Interruptus:

Wrap it up before midstation, where more passengers are waiting to load.

8-passenger Mont-Sainte-Anne Létoile Filante

Ride Time:

8—10 min.

Shag Factor:

Gorgeous view of St. Lawrence Seaway distracts wandering eyes in other cabins...

Interruptus:

...unless those eyes are facing uphill.

8-passenger Stowe gondola

Ride Time:

8—10 min.

Shag Factor:

Gondola runs for night skiing.

Interruptus:

If you can't find anywhere better to do it after sunset than a freezing gondola, we know a good sex therapist.

8-passenger Whiteface Cloudsplitter

Ride Time:

7.5—10 min.

Shag Factor:

Wait until a windy day, when the gondola is running on the 10-minute side.

Interruptus:

They don't call it Iceface for nothing. When temps dip below zero, incentive to remove clothing takes a hit.

8-passenger Tremblant Panoramic

Ride Time:

9 min.

Shag Factor:

More bang for your buck with the Canadian dollar.

Interruptus:

It's the main lift to the summit. Take a number.

4-passenger Loon gondola

Ride Time:

7 min.

Shag Factor:

Practice your loon mating calls as you head uphill.

Interruptus:

Even if you do score an empty, the small benches won't support a full-horizontal shag.

8-passenger Mont Orford hybrid gondola

Ride Time:

4.5 min.

Shag Factor:

Bragging rights if you can do it in less than five minutes.

Interruptus:

Mont where?

12-passenger Stratton Starship

Ride Time:

7.5 min.

Shag Factor:

There are only half-benches, so you're forced to do the vertical boogie.

Interruptus:

Floor-to-ceiling windows. Wait for the fog to roll in.

OCT 2004

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