News Roundup: Oops

  • Belleayre’s new gondola may not have much vertical but will be more than 6,700 feet long.
  • New photo tours of the upcoming Orange and White lines in La Paz show how gondolas can be adapted to the urban landscape with innovative station designs.
  • Urban gondolas were profiled prominently in Sunday’s New York Times.
  • Skytrac will finish the Stagecoach lift at Big Sky this fall, a project which Moonlight Basin began in 2008.  In addition, Challenger and the Tram are getting new haul ropes and Powder Seeker a chair storage facility.  Thanks William Bryan for the photos.
  • At Spanish Peaks, the Flatiron lift will be next to go in.
  • BMF drops one of the Brest Cable Car’s cabins from a crane while performing annual maintenance.  One-cabin operation will continue while Gangloff builds a new one over the next six to nine months.
  • Taos releases renderings of its re-imagined learning center featuring new Leitner-Poma and Skytrac lifts.
  • Thank you Michael Weise for these sweet photos of Eldora’s six-pack progress:

16 thoughts on “News Roundup: Oops

  1. jaytrem August 17, 2017 / 8:22 am

    New haul rope for Challenger? Did the use an old one when they put in the new lift last year?


    • Peter Landsman August 17, 2017 / 8:29 am

      The story I heard is something along the lines of the original rope being cut too short and Doppelmayr providing a used rope until a new one could be manufactured and installed.


    • Daphne Pavsek August 17, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Doppelmayr cut the rope too short, brand new rope with two splices which is silly on a new lift, fortunately the rope will be long enough for the tram so that rope is going up there and hopefully the goddamn install crew can cut the new Challenger rope the right length this time.

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      • Daphne Pavsek August 17, 2017 / 8:15 pm

        Actually scratch that, it could be a “used” rope on there, regardless, brand new lift should have the rope it was intended to and since it was a doppelmayr screw up, they are fixing it for us. And it works out perfectly because now the tram gets a basically brand new rope and will only have one splice now instead of two. New rescue rope on the tram as well this fall.

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  2. Upper Dynamo August 18, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Daphne certainly doesn’t pull any punches in her assessment of the Challenger rope situation!


    • Daphne Pavsek August 18, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Frustrating situation for all of us up here, just glad that its all working out for the best.

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  3. Michael August 18, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Don’t understand your frustration.
    There was a problem…they resolved it so you could operate for the season..and now they are replacing the rope.
    Do you work at the Resort?


    • Ryan August 19, 2017 / 1:14 am

      Frustrating for them because they (resort employees) have to do a lot of extra work as a result of the screw up, perhaps.


      • Michael August 19, 2017 / 4:44 pm

        Not any more…


  4. ah August 22, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Curious about the chair storage for the Powderseeker lift – are the small number of chairs not in use taking a beating from the weather? Last year it looked like they had only 2 or 4 extras . . . or can they put them all “inside” for the night?


    • Peter Landsman August 22, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      Plan all along was to build a barn for chairs to be stored in at night or at least during storms and in the summer.


  5. ah August 22, 2017 / 11:44 am

    And where does Stagecoach lift drop? Is it just a residential lift or will it go further up hill and be accessible at bottom to more skiers?


  6. Will September 29, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I usually read all your articles but I missed the one with my pictures! Thanks for the shout out.


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