News Roundup: Removed

  • Reopening of Steamboat’s refurbished gondola has been delayed one more week to July 21st.
  • Pats Peak starts work on the new Peak chair, a CTEC from Ascutney, VT with Skytrac upgrades and a loading carpet.
  • Alta updates skiers on the new Supreme.
  • The Snowdon triple at Killington is getting new SkyTrans crossarms this summer.
  • Didn’t make it to Interalpin?  You can see the Leitner-Poma Group’s booth through an interactive panorama.
  • This week’s Disney gondola update comes from EPCOT.
  • Waterville Valley proposes replacing unreliable High Country double with a T-Bar.
  • More details surface in fatal Gulmarg Gondola tree incident.
  • Six Flags sky ride reopens with new between-leg restraints following rider fall.
  • The Community Ski Areas at Risk Symposium, sponsored by Skytrac, is a worthy watch.
  • I stopped by Hogadon this weekend and confirmed the Red chair has been removed.  Pictures of all 33 of Wyoming’s lifts are now in the database and Montana will be completed next.
  • An Eldo Express update.
  • Doppelmayr opens an impressive over-water gondola in South Korea’s second largest city.
  • Medellín’s four gondola lines will be joined by a fifth.
  • The Lake Compounce Skyride, a 1997 CTEC Sprint with 14 towers closes for good.
  • Leitner’s new urban gondola in Berlin sees a million riders in its first three months.
  • Insolvent Ski Blandford may be sold to Ski Butternut.

9 thoughts on “News Roundup: Removed

  1. Ryan July 6, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Why was Red removed at Hogadon?


    • Peter Landsman July 7, 2017 / 8:41 am

      Red was built to serve a terrain park which no longer exists. Having not run for years, Hogadon cannibalized parts for Yellow, now Prospector, and the repair bill for Red became $350,000 by 2015. The Casper City Council declared it surplus property in August 2015 and held an auction. Apparently two parties bid. Anyone know who took it away? The good news is Prospector still serves all of the terrain that Red did and the Hogadon master plan calls for eventually replacing both lifts with a fixed-grip quad chair.


      • Ryan July 7, 2017 / 9:09 pm

        Thanks for the info.


  2. Ryan July 7, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Steamboat posted on their facebook page that the new Doppie hangers have arrived from overseas for the existing Gondola cabins and that they will begin assembly and loading the cabins onto the haul rope immediately to get it set up for testing and certification by July 21st opening (my birthday) In looking at the webcam they are already shifting the cabins around that are down at the bottom terminal so I expect to see them loading onto the rope very soon. Good news. So does the Salt Lake Doppie factory not do Gondola work?


    • eugenetoyandhobby July 7, 2017 / 11:31 pm

      The molds are probably all over in Switzerland or Austria. Our market simply isn’t large enough to have them manufactured here, unlike the hanger arms for high speed quads and fixed grips.


      • Peter Landsman July 8, 2017 / 7:42 am

        I’ve written before the Doppelmayr supply chain for detachables is quite complex. For Sweetwater, the control cabinets came from Salt Lake along with possibly the towers. Most of the terminal steel was from St. Jerome but the enclosures were made in Austria by a contractor named Salzmann. Grips and hangers were from Wolfurt, cabins from CWA in Switzerland and rope from France. I’ve heard Doppelmayr may manufacture EJ chairs in Asia now. Salt Lake might still make the Tristar and Alpinstar fixed-grip terminals?

        Quite different from LPOA, which builds complete terminals in Grand Junction with a North American specific design.


  3. Benjamin Bartz July 7, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Really enjoyed watching the Community Ski Areas at Risk Symposium video. Thanks for sharing it!


  4. Jerry Francus (@jfrancus) July 9, 2017 / 10:14 am

    Anyone know why the Snowdon triple at Killington is getting new SkyTrans crossarms? The lift was just rebuilt last year with a new mid-station added for racing on Highline.


  5. Jules (ReaperSkier) July 9, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I wonder why Lake Compounce’s skyride closed, and what its eventual fate will be? It is a 20 year old CTEC quad with a lot of life left in it, so I hope it gets relocated to a new home.


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