News Roundup: Fly Day

  • Firm pitches gondola to link South Station to the Seaport district in Boston.
  • The United Nations Human Settlements Programme and Doppelmayr publish a 12-page summary of their first Academy of Sustainable Urban Mobility conference held in Austria last April.
  • LST Ropeways will build its second North American lift at Waterville Valley, though Skytrac will no longer provide controls, operator houses and installation for the French company.
  • A new Doppelmayr gondola, bubble high speed quad and triple chair will debut in December on Eglise Mountain at the Yellowstone Club, by far the biggest lift project in North American skiing for 2017.  Thanks to Everett K. for these cool photos of the progress.
  • Y.C. has also listed for sale the 160-acre Cedar View Ranch, offering someone the opportunity to build a private lift to the bottom of the Lake lift.
  • Anakeesta opens tomorrow.
  • Eldora flies towers and ditches the announced Eldo Express name in favor of Alpenglow.  Photos credit Michael Weise.

18 thoughts on “News Roundup: Fly Day

  1. Mike August 31, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Regarding Y.C., if you look closely at the plot map they provide for Cedar View Ranch, the easement isn’t actually for a private lift taking the owner(s) to Y.C.’s Lake Lift. Rather, the easement allows for a lift running from Lake Lift up towards the base of Dakota at Big Sky – this is an interconnect lift should that arrangement ever come to pass.


    • Peter Landsman August 31, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Could there eventally be a private lift in addition to the interconnect one? An article in Robb Report this week says “Perhaps most impressively, the buyer of Cedar View Ranch will have the noteworthy opportunity to work with Yellowstone Club to complete a new ski lift connecting the ranch to the Club’s existing ski slopes, making it easy for residents to get from their homes to the slopes in a matter of minutes. This magnificent property is currently listed at $18.5 million.”

      Regarding the interconnect, I would not be surprised to see Y.C. pay towards replacing Shedhorn with a detachable like Spanish Peaks did with Southern Comfort. I suspect Lone Mountain Land is paying for Big Sky’s new Skytrac this summer too.


      • Mike August 31, 2017 / 11:32 am

        Interesting thoughts Peter (BTW – love the site!). Based on my admittedly non-expert read of the property map linked below, I think Robb Report got it wrong, or are privy to information not included on this map. Note how it’s clearly a single lift with a base terminating next to Lake Lift and a terminal that is off the map but clearly headed in the direction of Dakota vs. Shedhorn (which is itself surprising, IMO given how remote Dakota is from the rest of Big Sky).

        Click to access CedarViewRanch-SiteMap.pdf

        Do you read this differently?


        • Peter Landsman August 31, 2017 / 2:18 pm

          My thinking is if you spend the $18.5 million, there’s no need for an easement to build your own lift from your own property and the easement is for Y.C.’s lift.


  2. Reed Lehto August 31, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Peter, any updates on the Skytrac Buttercup replacement at Mt. Hood Meadows? I haven’t even noticed so much as concrete being poured on their webcams, just curious if you know when they are actually scheduled to knock this installation out.


    • Peter Landsman August 31, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      Not sure but I am hoping to get there in October to do an update along with the Skytrac projects at Big Sky, Bridger Bowl and Mt. Baker.


    • HoodRacer September 4, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      I was curious about this as well. Meadows’ last update about it (in the beginning of August) only said that the old lift had been completely removed, and that parts from SkyTrac were starting to arrive. I have been checking in on the construction (via their webcams) as well, but there hasn’t been much to see since they moved the webcam. I would imagine that they are working hardest on the area around the bottom terminal, since (I think) they will need a vault for the loading conveyor. If I remember correctly, they completed the Stadium lift replacement fairly late in the fall as well, so their late start on construction doesn’t surprise me.


      • Peter Landsman September 4, 2017 / 9:15 pm

        I plan to stop by in October to see the progress. Skytrac has gotten good at the late Fall install. The two PowMow lifts last year started around this time and were spliced mid-December. Depending on how the contract is written, Meadows’ crews may be minimally involved.


  3. Kyle W. August 31, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    What kind of lift is LST going to build at Waterville? Another T-Bar? Assuming this is to replace High Country.


  4. Boardski September 1, 2017 / 11:47 am

    They are moving fast on that lift at Eldora, I’m glad they changed the name. Eldo sounds like a cruel joke.


    • RMurphy September 1, 2017 / 4:17 pm

      I thought we were going to lose the unofficial title for worst named six pack, but ah well. Unlike at Big Sky, someone told them it sounds terrible.


      • Peter Landsman September 1, 2017 / 4:19 pm

        In other naming news, I just saw Snow Valley’s new six will be called Snow Valley Express.


    • Ryan September 2, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      I wish they would have stuck with something more practical like Cannonball Express or Challenge(r) Express.


  5. Thomas Jett September 3, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Hey Peter, do you have a source on Whistler’s 2018 plans For Emerald and Catskinner, or is that just speculative on your part?


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