this is a very belated post, and it just came to me while i was washing my hands in the bathroom.. no idea why. while boarding this year, it occured to me and sue that we had no idea why some things are called what they are. the definitions thusly follow:
gondola: An enclosed structure suspended from a cable, used for conveying passengers, as to and from a ski slope.
funicular:A cable railway on a steep incline, especially such a railway with simultaneously ascending and descending cars counterbalancing one another.
lift: A powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill.
so it would appear, for all you curious folk, that what we use at ski resorts is more aptly referred to as the lift or the gondola, and not a funicular. you can now thank me for edumacating you.Posted by redchilipepper at June 14, 2006 02:05 PM