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Zoa Launches PL1 Portable Rope Tow for Skiing


When the snow hits the mountains, you can wait for the ski resorts to open up, or you can venture out on your own to find virgin territory. Of course, the problem with the latter is that you only get one run, unless you want to hike all the way back up the mountain. PL1 has a different idea. They’ve developed a portable rope tow that you can use to give you a lift back up the mountain. No, it’s not like the chair lifts of a resort, but it’s a far sight better than slogging your way back up the mountain.

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The portable device consists of an engine that powers a paracord line, which you secure to a tree or a snow anchor at the top of the run. So how does it work? Layout the rope one and the PL1 grips the rope, pulls you along, and leaves it loose behind you. At the end of the day, you can unanchor the rope from the top and then run the PL1 to flake the rope back into the rope bag.

The device is battery operated, so as long as there’s juice, you can keep making runs. The PL1 is capable of hauling a person up to 4,020 feet (depending on size) on a single charge. The battery can operate in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can help get the project up and running by heading over to its Kickstarter campaign. To secure a unit for yourself, you’re looking at a $1,072 US investment. That may sound like a lot, but once you start calculating how much you spend on lift tickets, the price becomes more appealing. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of skiing areas that no one else is willing to ski. That alone may make the investment worth it.

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