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Sea to Sky Gondola Posts a Recovery Update

A month after someone brazenly sabotaged the Sea to Sky Gondola by cutting its haul rope, cleanup is nearly complete with a rebuilding plan in place.  “After a massive effort by our incredible operations team, and partners at Rocky Mountain Lift Services, Doppelmayr and Black Tusk Helicopters, we have removed all of the cabins, pieces of the damaged cable, and have secured the main cable,” the company wrote on Facebook this morning. “Thanks to our friends at Whistler Blackcomb, Inter-Mtn Testing and Windfirm Tree Services for their assistance in making this happen.”  A remarkable video of the process shows cabins being carefully extracted from the lift line and surrounding forest before being flown to the gondola’s parking lot.
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Delivery of a new haul rope from Europe is expected next month and an order of new cabins will follow.  Work continues under the gondola and upper mountain hiking trails remain closed for now.
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The gondola base area including Basecamp Cafe, guest services and retail store reopened last week along with a trail to Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief.  “We are still anticipating an early spring 2020 reopening and would like to thank everyone for their patience and support,” says the Sea to Sky team.
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Police have not issued any updates since confirming the intentional nature of the cut on August 23rd.  Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call 604-892-6122.  Alternatively, anonymous tips can be provided through Metro Vancouver Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

News Roundup: Everybody’s Doing It

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News Roundup: Italian American

  • The Edmonton Ski Club and its Mueller T-Bar will reopen this winter following a one year hiatus.
  • The developer of Big Snow America is so confident in the American Dream project that it offered the Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall as collateral to secure a $2.8 billion construction loan.
  • Investors and Berkshire Bank battle over whose claim to the Hermitage six pack should take precedent.
  • The White River National Forest extends public commenting for the Breck Peak 7 Infill chairlift project to September 1st.
  • The Forest Service approved Aspen Mountain’s Pandora expansion awhile ago but the county still needs to approve necessary zoning.
  • SilverStar adds 24 hour security, surveillance cameras and enhanced line checks in the wake of the Sea to Sky Gondola downing.
  • TransLink’s CEO says the proposed Burnaby Mountain tricable gondola would be less susceptible to such an attack.
  • Grouse Mountain gives all Sea to Sky Gondola passholders free lift access through November 30th.
  • S2S cleanup will take awhile and trails remain closed for public safety.
  • Swiss manufacturer Bartholet shows it’s possible to build a new fixed quad in just three weeks.
  • Jaegerndorfer now exports Omega V cabins in miniature form to the United States.
  • Aspen Snowmass will add chairs to lifts at Highlands and Snowmass to address Ikon Pass crowding concerns.
  • Skytrac will manufacture towers for and install the new Leitner T-Bar at Ski Cooper.
  • This profile demonstrates why the Kaiser S2 excavator is so popular for ski lift construction.
  • MND Group, owner of LST Ropeways, says it has resolved “financial difficulties” by reorganizing its debt.
  • Doppelmayr names Jürgen Pichler its new global marketing chief.
  • It looks like Sunday River’s Locke Mountain triple will gain a tower or two thanks to the new T-Bar that crosses under it.
  • Actaris Impact Fund hosts a community meeting and announces its intention to close on the purchase of Saddleback come early November.
  • Big Sky and Loon Mountain will launch the world’s first dual frequency RFID lift access system in partnership with Axess.
  • With a new detachable quad under construction, Bogus Basin caps a five year turnaround.
  • Alpine Media display screens will go live on more chairs this winter.
  • Big Burn at Snowmass may be replaced with a bubble lift.
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