It’s been a great couple of weeks for Leitner-Poma since my last new lifts update.
- The $200 million Timber Creek real estate development at Okemo is moving forward with their first lift which will be an Alpha quad. Also at Okemo the Jackson Gore Express is getting bubble chairs to match the Sunburst Six that went in last summer.
- For the first time since 1966, Snowmass will be Riblet-less. Aspen Skiing Company moved the High Alpine replacement up by a year to this summer. It will be an LPA detachable quad in a new alignment.
- London Ski Club at Boler Mountain in Ontario is replacing their main lift, Columbia, with an Alpha fixed quad.
- New Mexico’s James Coleman bought four ski resorts last winter and now he’s gone lift shopping. Sipapu in New Mexico will get a new L-P beginner lift and Purgatory (No longer Durango Mountain Resort) announced the replacement of the Legends triple with an L-P detachable quad.
- Squaw Valley is replacing the Siberia Express with an L-P six-pack.
- Loveland announced a major lift realignment. Chair 2 (Yan triple) will lose its upper half and be shortened to its mid-station. The parallel 1970 detachable Poma lift will also be removed and Leitner-Poma will build a new “Ptarmigan” lift from the base of the Poma to the old summit of Chair 2. I am not sure yet if this will be a triple or a quad.
These developments bring Leitner-Poma to seven lift projects this summer which is about average for them. They also are staying busy building a funicular at the tallest building west of the Mississippi in San Francisco and a people mover at Miami International Airport.
On the Doppelmayr side, Deer Valley took ownership of Solitude Mountain Resort on May 1 and confirmed they will build a replacement Summit Express this summer. It will be a Doppelmayr Uni-G with a modest capacity of 1,800 per hour in a new alignment. That brings Doppelmayr to 12 projects versus only six last summer.
A couple other projects that I thought were going to be new lifts are going to be re-installations. The Governor’s Express that caught fire at Marble Mountain in Newfoundland last summer is now being refurbished at Leitner-Poma in Grand Junction. It will go just down the road to Powderhorn. It may also include some parts from the TGV at Tremblant which also had a fire last summer. I’ve also confirmed Vail Resorts is reusing the Garaventa CTEC King Con lift for Motherlode at Park City.
SkyTrac still does not have any complete lifts but they had a few very late contracts last year so we may still see one. As always my full list is here. Leave a comment if you know of any projects that I’ve missed!