News Roundup: Now That’s a Model

  • Snowbasin will test solar-powered USB charging bars in five of its gondola cabins in partnership with Goal Zero.
  • Mt. Waterman in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Mountains reopens this weekend with 3 Riblet doubles operating for the first time in five years.  The mountain will honor all tickets and passes sold since 2011!
  • Two years after his 6-year old daughter fell from a chair, a New Jersey man sues Campgaw Mountain and the town/county it’s located in for “careless and reckless” operation of a ski lift.
  • Sugarloaf just can’t catch a break.  A power failure shut down most of its lifts for hours on their first Saturday with snow.
  • Did you know Doppelmayr operates a zoo with more than 400 animals at its headquarters in Wolfurt?
  • Speaking of Doppelmayr, their interactive installation map now displays 24 world record-breaking ropeways (click the red button on the bottom left.)
  • Somebody had to do it.  Spirit Mountain, Minnesota becomes the first to offer lift-served, downhill fat biking starting Sunday.
  • Whistler Village Gondola cabin #84 returns to its roots in the Alps as The Coffee Gondola.
  • What appears to be a Doppelmayr quad chair rolls back in China, screaming ensues.

6 thoughts on “News Roundup: Now That’s a Model

  1. TJ January 14, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    where can i get one of those working model chairlifts?


    • Peter Landsman January 15, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Also check

      There are different sizes. 1:32 scale seems to be the standard for sets imported to the USA. The smaller 1:87 version looks more realistic to me. The video above shows a model much larger than either of those that I’m guessing Doppelmayr had custom built for them.


  2. Max U January 15, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Very good point. I own the 1:32 scale set and the towers especially aren’t as realistic. I believe this larger model is made by

    Sorry for the dumb username (uptonsillybean) this is an old account


  3. TJ January 15, 2016 / 11:23 am

    I would be looking for one with working grips. Doesnt look like the first link has that


  4. Mike Turley January 16, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    Those models are cool but working on the real thing is better


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