- The East’s next big resort at The Balsams still hopes to break ground before the snow flies and open in late 2016. Still no word on who will supply the lifts.
- Leitner-Poma flies towers at Loveland, Snowmass and Sipapu. Brian from Timberline Helicopters has flown every tower in the west so far this summer with his K-Max. At Sipapu it reportedly only took him 37 minutes!
- Meanwhile, Doppelmayr puts up some big terminals.
- SkyTrans Manufacturing helps crews from Sugarloaf take down the Bucksaw double. Probably means it’s coming soon to a zoo near you.
- Leitner-Poma identified as possible manufacturer for the Perth Boomerang gondola system in the land down under. L-P of America in Grand Junction traditionally supplies lifts to Australia and New Zealand rather than Poma’s facilities in France.
- Pictures and write-up of Leitner’s MioCable, which opened in Colombia’s third largest city last week.
- Poma announces it is going to build wind turbines. Fellow HTI Group subsidiary Leitwind already has turbines around the world, including one on Grouse Mountain alongside a bunch of Poma quad lifts.
- The intro for Stephen Colbert’s new show on CBS features the Roosevelt Island Tram with a different paint scheme nightly!
- The Banff Gondola, originally built by Bell in 1959, is closing on October 25th for a $26 million redevelopment being billed as North America’s premier mountaintop destination. Garaventa did a major retrofit of the ropeway systems in 1997. Look for the gondola to re-open May 1st with the building to follow next August.