News Roundup: Under the Radar

  • Chinese investment firm acquires a majority stake in Swiss ropeway manufacturer BMF, which also owns Gangloff.
  • Wolf Creek will build a third high-speed quad called Meadow in 2018.
  • Aspen Skiing Company settles with a woman who sued after falling in the loading area of the Village Express.
  • Private operator of Val Bialas Ski Center in New York resigns, citing continued financial losses.  The publicly-owned mountain has a 1973 Borvig.
  • Check out these architectural drawings of Disney World’s Skyliner gondola network.
  • No real news but this recent drone video shows the current state of lifts and why Saddleback is worth saving.
  • The Skytracs in St. Maarten open this week and are expected to draw some 135,000 cruise passengers a year.
  • Here’s a Mt. Spokane expansion construction update.
  • Adanac Ski Hill in Ontario replaced its 1950s Poma double with an Alpen Star quad this summer, bringing Doppelmayr to 15 new lifts for 2017 in North America.
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6 thoughts on “News Roundup: Under the Radar

  1. Peter Landsman November 9, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    And just like that there’s news from Saddleback.
    -Sale taking longer than expected to close.
    -No new lifts this season.
    -Evaluating a future detachable quad for Rangeley.
    -Limited opening this season still possible.

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  2. RMurphy November 9, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Does anyone know why Wolf Creek is going with an HSQ for Meadow? Looking at the images the page displayed, it look like it was short enough that a fixed grip would make better sense.

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    • Peter Landsman November 11, 2017 / 5:06 am

      Raven Express is 2,673 feet, only 573’ longer than the proposed Meadow alignment. There are 14 high-speed quads and six-packs under 2000’ already out there so it’s not unheard of. I asked Wolf Creek about the type of lift and manufacturer but haven’t heard back.

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  3. Brian November 11, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Chairs are hung on buttercupV2.

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  4. Boardski November 11, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Interesting about Meadow lift at Wolf Creek. I was under the impression it would be a recycled double chair and was thinking the old chair 5 from Beaver Creek might make it down to Wolf Creek to become the Meadows lift. Sounds like this new lift might be combing the Storm lift and the Meadows lift together. It should improve the egress from the outer limits of the Alberta area. Wolf Creek is a fun mountain.

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