Resorts are starting to close and construction season is upon us. Many new lift projects have already been announced. You can see the full list here. After last year’s “win” by Leitner-Poma, Doppelmayr will return to dominate with at least 14 projects. Remarkably almost all of them will be detachables – more on that later. So far the only other confirmed projects are a Leitner-Poma detachable at Powderhorn, CO and 2 Leitner urban gondolas in Mexico City. (Apparently these are being built by Leitner in Italy, not by Leitner-Poma in Grand Junction.)
2015 also will be the first year since 2011 that more detachable lifts are built than fixed-grip lifts. So far only 3 fixed grips have been announced.
Now let’s look at new lift installations vs. reinstallations of old lifts. Over the past 10 years, on average 2.9 new lifts were built for every lift that was reinstalled somewhere else. So far 2015 is trending more towards used lifts with 3.4 used lifts per 1 new lift.
Hopefully many more lifts will be announced in the coming weeks and these trends may change.