Operating Guidelines

Operating Guidelines

There are two main forms of hire operation
a) Single run hire
b) Period hire
Usual factors governing which method used are:
The nature of the slope and the number of patrons to be catered for.

a) Single run hire is recommended when a long slope is available.
The patron receives a WONDERSLEDGE at the maximum extent of the run, takes the sledge to the top of the slope and descends as far as he/she can to obtain the maximum ride, thus minimizing the use of brakes. Since most patrons are experiencing the ride for the first time, adventurous manoeuvers are kept to a minimum.

b) Period hire is recommended when the slope is short.
All patrons given a period of hire will try to enjoy as many rides as possible. This results in heavy braking immediately at the foot of the slope and a quick return to descend again. Precautions can be taken to avoid this misuse of equipment. Careful positioning of barriers at the limit of the normal sledge run and signs depicting the respective sides of the barrier for ascent and descent will encourage patrons to always ride as far as possible, before braking and walking forward passing the barrier to re-ascend the slope. This is important to ensure the safety of the operation. Handle clamps/fixed handles may be fitted to the WONDERSLEDGE to ensure that all patrons travel safely along the full length of the run.

1. Select a slope with a safe runout area at the foot of the direct fall line from the top.
2. Prepare the site by removing any loose stones, twigs, cattle/sheep droppings, etc.
3. Avoid dusty, soft or muddy areas.
4. Cordon off the entire area and position the barrier and signs at the maximum run out point.
5. Inspect the ski units. Check clamp bolts and brake shoes.
6. Lubricate the ski units thoroughly.

Hose all ski runners until thoroughly clean (free from dirt, grass, lubricant).
Check ascent paths for wear – reposition slightly before next use.