News Roundup: Quebec

  • Intrawest likely won’t buy any new lifts this year.
  • TV station in Maine highlights lift maintenance and oversight with visits to Sugarloaf and Camden Snow Bowl.
  • Denver7 lands the first interview with Larry Smith of the Colorado Passenger Tramway Board following Granby Ranch incident.
  • Sunshine Polishing moving gondola refurbishing operation to Grand Junction.
  • A $67 million, six-year old gondola in Rio sits abandoned.
  • Poma double rope evacuated at Mont Orford.
  • Heron-Poma double rope evac’d at Sleeping Giant before problem apparently fixed with a screwdriver.
  • French lift site reports on two brand new lifts in Quebec.
  • Waterville Valley’s new Green Peak triple will finally open Saturday.
  • “Mexicable is a great experience and it is something that you need to do should you ever visit Mexico City.”
  • Austrian rope manufacturer Teufelberger acquires Italian competitor Redaelli (Fatzer of Switzerland and ArcelorMittal of France are the other big two.)
  • See more photos of the mind-blowing Giggijochbahn gondola.
  • La Paz’s fourth gondola opens March 6th.
  • Leitner Ropeways will complete the new 8-passenger gondola in Torreón, Mexico in April.
  • British Columbia approves construction of Revelstoke Adventure Park with chairlift/gondola construction planned for 2017 and 2018 adjacent to Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
  • Seilbahn Blog has some awesome new photos of the first and only D-Line chairlift.
  • Seven year-old falls from chair at Thunder Ridge.
  • The New York Times checks in at Tamarack.
  • Arapahoe Basin formally unveils Beavers/Steep Gullies trail map & expansion plan with fixed-grip quad chairlift to debut in late 2018.
  • Doppelmayr to build 21,000′, $18 million gondola in Silao, Mexico.
  • Sugarloaf and Doppelmayr are doing a mid-season load test of Skyline on Thursday.

9 thoughts on “News Roundup: Quebec

  1. Ryan February 7, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Ha. The article about the Maine lift inspections starts off with: “With only 17 ski areas in the state of Maine, Vacationland doesn’t top the list as a go-to state for the recreational sport. ”

    With ONLY 17 ski areas!?


  2. Peter Landsman February 7, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    17 seems like a lot but only 59 operating lifts. Maine ski areas are, on average, tiny.


    • Doppelmayr FTW! February 7, 2017 / 11:10 pm

      Same here in Michigan. There are dozens of resorts here (curiously named after many western resorts) but all but at most five don’t have a single ski lift. Just tow ropes and T bars.


      • RMurphy February 8, 2017 / 10:23 pm

        I learned to ski in MI, and while most are indeed tiny, I’d say a good 15-20 have chairs.


  3. Ryan February 8, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Makes sense, then. Thanks


  4. Ryan February 9, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    So Peter- what’s those little piddly honda generators being used for?


    • Peter Landsman February 9, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      They are great at individual lift shacks- for control power, charging batteries and a space heater. We got some big CAT rental units and a little bit of grid power today.


      • Mike Turley February 10, 2017 / 6:41 am

        Control power comes from the Batteries

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  5. Ryan February 10, 2017 / 12:09 am

    Good deal! I saw the photos of the big boys rolling in. Always some adventure at JH. I remember back around I suppose.. 82/83 I would have been 5 or 6 at the time, my family took a vacation up there in the summertime. The power was out all over the place because of damage done by wildfires, yet somehow, the great people at all the hotels and lodges and establishments really pulled thru to make the stay as enjoyable as possible for the guests. I’ve no doubt that is what the employees are doing right now for all the guests. Someday I look forward to returning to JH.


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