News Roundup: Modifications

  • Apparently Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire will get the first LST Ropeways lift in North America.  Manufactured in Germany, it will be a T-Bar for the Mittersill racing area which has an existing Doppelmayr CTEC double chair.  SkyTrac will be doing the installation.  LST Ropeways is owned by the MND Group which also owns Gazex (avalanche release systems) and Sufag (snowmaking systems) with a North American facility in Eagle, CO.
  • Leitner-Poma will re-engineer and modify towers on the Grey Mountain lift at Red Mountain, BC this fall.  The quad chair was built in 1992 at Alyeska and moved to Red in 2013.  The re-installation was done by Summit Lift Co. of Fernie, BC and the lift has 18 towers in its current configuration.  No word on the exact reason for the re-design.
  • The Camelot chair at Boyne Highlands is losing its vault drive terminal that is literally part of the ski area’s base lodge.  In its place will be a used CTEC drive terminal.  Does anyone know where it came from?
  • The Aspen Daily News reports on the all new High Alpine detachable quad at Snowmass.
  • Snow King debuted Doppelmayr’s new ‘Alpinstar’ terminal this summer and now Caberfae Peaks, MI will debut the ‘Ministar’ in 2016.  The new triple chair will replace the Clubhouse double which is a 1967 Hall.
  •  Developers are still trying to figure out how to get a new Lift 1A back into downtown Aspen like the original single chair.

4 thoughts on “News Roundup: Modifications

  1. Benjamin Bartz September 23, 2015 / 11:02 am

    The new CTEC Drive terminal for the Camelot Chair at Boyne came from Porcupine Mountain Ski Area. It was part of a former lift which was removed because Riblet chairs were used without a “bang rail” and caused the upper bull wheel to butterfly. Boyne is apparently replacing the entire terminal and re-engineering the lift because of a worn out gearbox.

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  2. JP September 23, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    What Ben said basically…The Porkies lift was a Miner-Denver, that acquired Riblet clips at some point (sheave faceplates were reduced in diameter) and in ’90 or ’91 the CTEC motor room. During an inspection, previous resort operators discovered structural issues with the original, top return bullwheel, that along with the fact no chair guides were ever installed (and would need to be), the lift was not repaired, I might guess long enough it also lost its grandfathering. Those trails were semi-served by a snowcat at for a couple seasons, later a rope tow that was accessed from their other lift. Rumor is they picked up the motorroom cheaper than repairing the gearbox. Boyne also replaced the sheave frames on Camelot with new from TSI.

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    • Peter Landsman September 23, 2015 / 6:44 pm

      Interesting info, thanks JP and Ben. I knew there had to be a reason why Porkies stopped operating one of their main lifts without replacing it. A score for Boyne as well.

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  3. Zachy G September 23, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    The original gear box was sent off to get repaired, but the cost was more than what was estimated, so it was sent back to boyne. They traded the gear box (to be used at GCC for training) and cash in exchange for the porkies terminal. While the old camelot drive terminal is in fact build into the day lodge, the plans are to leave it where it sits and put the new terminal right in front of it. Hopefully it’s done before inspection.

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