Sometimes, chairlift queues can be long, so many ski resorts use a ‘solo’ lane where people can jump the queue to fill in any empty seats on chairlifts, reducing their own time in the queue and the overall size of the queue too.
The staff at a the two-seater chairlift in Manigod came up with an interesting idea for St Valentine’s Day, adding a sign next to the solo lane that said “Valentine’s Day – Speed Dating – Single Girls”, with an arrow pointing to the solo passage. A similar sign for single men graced the Ski School lane, and heart-shaped red balloons tied to the bars along both lanes bobbed in the breeze.
Being a two-seater, it was the perfect setting for speed dating, with the option for those unhappy with their date to ski off quickly once at the top.
The only person I saw in the solo lane was a young boy, who was queue jumping to catch up to his mum who had pushed ahead without him. Better luck next year?