News Roundup: Gearbox Trouble at Sugarloaf


  • Sugarloaf’s Whiffletree high speed quad (shown above) will be down 1-2 weeks while its gearbox gets rebuilt in Michigan for the second time in six months.  Cone Drive rebuilt the gearbox in question last Fall and it was back in action a mere two months before failing on Saturday.  Whiffletree is a 1997 Garaventa CTEC Stealth detachable at a mountain that’s had more than its fair share of lift setbacks.
  • Doppelmayr’s latest Wir magazine is online.  Some article highlights: the Penkenbahn 3S gondola turns 6.5 degrees mid-line and Park City’s new gondola transitions between two different line gauges.
  • Leitner Ropeways will break ground on a two-stage gondola in Berlin March 26th to serve guests of the city’s 2017 horticultural expo.  Doppelmayr built temporary gondolas at similar expos in 2009 and 2011.  Must be nice to spend millions on lifts for four months of temporary operation!  To be fair, Whistler did something similar for the Olympics.
  • Garaventa crews pulling rope 600 feet above Ha Long Bay but they took some time off to celebrate the Lunar New Year.  The world’s largest aerial tramway opens next month.
  • The Telluride-Mountain Village gondola transit system, built by CTEC in 1992, has clocked 100,000 hours and elected officials are trying to figure out how to modernize it.

3 thoughts on “News Roundup: Gearbox Trouble at Sugarloaf

  1. Mike Turley March 10, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    I thought the CTEC stealth terminals didn’t come out until 2000 ? In ’97 they were still AK 4.1 ?


    • Peter Landsman March 10, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      My understanding is first of the Stealth series terminals debuted in 1993 at PCMR and Deer Valley. Stealth II came along in 1996 (Park City) and Stealth III in 2000 (Mt. Rose.) I was in elementary school during all of this so I could be wrong.


      • Mike Turley March 10, 2016 / 3:59 pm

        Sounds like they were always called stealth. I think of them in terms of what grip went thru. When the new grip came out in 2000 the terminals changed significantly


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