- Three people injured in a March 2014 de-ropement on a Mueller double chair at Crystal Mountain, BC have filed claims against the resort. The BC Safety Authority’s investigation found the cause to be low tension in the haul rope due to the lift’s counterweight resting on the ground. Crystal Mountain has been closed ever since.
- Wolf Creek’s owner still floating the idea of a low capacity jag-back tram on the backside of the mountain.
- Re-opening plan for Antelope Butte Ski Area moves forward with two Riblet doubles scheduled to be back in operation by December 2017.
- Another child falls from a chair, this time on the Glacier Express at Lake Louise.
- Saddleback is probably the largest ski resort ever to go out of business.
- A group has formed in opposition to Arapahoe Basin’s proposed Beavers expansion, which would include a new chairlift.
- Killington’s Skye Peak Express had to be rope evac’d Friday afternoon, possibly as a result of damage from a thunderstorm the day before.
RE: the largest ski resort to ever go out of business…that dubious crown could belong to Kit Carson (AKA Iron Mountain, AKA Ski Sundown) in California. They operated 5 chairlifts (one more than Saddleback) before succumbing to being too close to Kirkwood.
Ascutney also had 5, one a detachable.
Since this is a blog about lifts, maybe the best way to compare these closed mountains is by installed capacity. Iron Mountain had 7,000/hour, Saddleback ~5,225 and Ascutney 6,350.
That would be a good future post for your blog. Top ten largest closures by lift capacity
Would you know why the Lange Wand C5 isn’t in the USA? It is so much nicer than UnI-G
I’m not sure exactly what you are referring to Owen but Google tells me that is the name of a lift in Ischgl, Austria. Are you asking about its UNIG “Vision” terminals? Doppelmayr contracted with an outside design firm to create the UNIG-V that some customers bought as an option (http://2009.gp.co.at/works/unig-v/) Keystone’s River Run Gondola is the only lift in N. America with the UNIG-V.