News Roundup: High Country

  • Watch LST Ropeways build its first detachable lift in three minutes.
  • A Swedish company has developed a new, more comfortable T-Bar carrier called Boardie.
  • Doppelmayr moves into new $62 million Wolfurt headquarters.
  • Grand TargheeJackson Hole, BrundageSun ValleyMt. Hood Meadows and Tamarack are operating a total of 13 lifts on August 21st for the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States since 1979.
  • Sunlight’s end-of-season survey includes some insightful tidbits:
    • “Sunlight is evaluating the addition of a high-speed detachable lift.”
    • “Understanding that lift ticket and season pass prices would likely increase with the addition of a high-speed lift, please rank how favorable this would be.”
  • Vail and Replay Resorts break ground on LIFT development set to anchor future detachable Sunrise lift at Park City’s Canyons Village.
  • Preliminary gondola tree cutting and construction work spotted at Walt Disney World.
  • Waterville Valley secures $7.5 million for future projects including multiple unspecified lift upgrades.  “To answer one burning question, we do have multiple options in development regarding the High Country lift,” the resort says on Facebook.
  • Utah sets another all-time record for skier visits.
  • Two new Skytracs in St. Maarten won’t open until late summer but are already getting rave reviews.
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3 thoughts on “News Roundup: High Country

  1. Ryan June 15, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    What do you think about that new potential T-Bar style?

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    • Peter Landsman June 16, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      It looks more comfortable but I rarely find myself riding a T-Bar anymore. There are only 101 of them left in the US (165 in Canada.)

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  2. Peter Landsman June 18, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    A poster on Alpinforum has written in response to the video linked above that the new LST lift in La Plagne still has not carried a single public rider and faces significant technical problems. Not terribly surprising considering the radical new design.

    “Very interesting, especially the fact that to this day not a single guest traveled by this train because it does not work.”

    http://www.alpinforum.com//forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=11183&start=125#p5125953

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