News Roundup: Replacements

  • Suit filed against Ski Liberty by family of boy who dangled from a chair for seven minutes after mis-loading.
  • Mi Teleférico’s four gondola lines transported 194,971 passengers last Wednesday, an impressive single day record.
  • Squaw|Alpine now wants an extension of permit for replacing Hot Wheels.
  • Doppelmayr remembers past CEO Artur Doppelmayr, who died May 12th.
  • Apparently the Utah Olympic Park is adding two new chairlifts this summer, although I am still trying to confirm.
  • Steamboat’s gondola rebuild is taking longer than expected and reopening has been pushed back two weeks to July 15th.
  • Vail Resorts will re-use chairs and towers from Keystone’s Montezuma Express in building the new Red Buffalo Express at Beaver Creek.
  • Saddleback Mountain Foundation needs $11.2 million to purchase Maine’s third largest ski area, including $3.2 million to replace the Rangeley lift with a fixed-grip quad.  So far, the group has only raised a fraction of that amount.
  • Sunday River’s new Spruce Peak triple will be a Doppelmayr Tristar, Boyne Resorts’ fourth.
  • Schweitzer works toward $6-8 million Snow Ghost replacement.
  • “It is not rocket science about lift geometry,” Aspen Council member says in frustration re: Lift 1A. “There is enough expertise in this community to know where a lift goes.”
  • Mont Ripley offers $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of arsonist(s) who damaged lift.
  • Longtime Whistler Blackcomb COO and Peak 2 Peak visionary Dave Brownlie is leaving to pursue new opportunities just seven months into Vail ownership.

14 thoughts on “News Roundup: Replacements

  1. Ryan May 25, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Reminds me of when that youtube video surfaced for a little while of one of the lifts at Vail being scrapped at the beginning of the process of removing chairs from the line. Some of the lifties/techs were enjoying smashing things.


      • Ryan May 25, 2017 / 11:07 pm

        GRRRRRRR That video really got to me. Do you remember what lift that was? I think it was a Riblet double or triple based upon the method they were using to remove the carriers from the rope. That lift looked in excellent shape, I really wish it could have found a home somewhere else.


      • Ryan May 26, 2017 / 10:26 pm

        YES that’s the one! Lift 10. Such a beautiful lift.


      • julestheshiba May 30, 2017 / 9:28 pm

        Isn’t that riblet lift a really common type of old lift?


    • RMurphy May 26, 2017 / 3:18 am

      It’s moving to a new location in the near future, just slightly south of the current location, to create a new first time area. Perhaps that’s happening sooner rather than later.


  2. Cvs May 27, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Snowflake is bing reinstalled this summer I think with a new AC motor and drive.


  3. julestheshiba May 30, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Why is Vail only reusing the chairs and the towers from Montezuma but not the terminals as well, it seems like a waste to me? Also why does it seem like all the big ski management company’s are leaning toward Leitner Poma for their lifts (personally I don’t like their lifts to much, I just find them quite boring. I think Doppelmayer lifts have more charm)


  4. Peter Landsman May 31, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Utah Olympic Park has pushed back new lift(s) to next summer at the earliest.


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