- Amid zip line dispute, Peak Resorts threatens to close Hidden Valley, remove five chairlifts and sell the land to a residential developer.
- “I’m very confident we’re going to have new resources we haven’t had in previous years,” Steamboat COO says of Crown/KSL ownership. Deer Valley President and COO Bob Wheaton makes similar comments in Park City.
- Saddleback sale to Australian firm still hasn’t closed.
- Bear Valley’s six-pack looks great in green and now has a name: Mokelumne Express.
- Who says detachable terminals must be symmetrical? Leitner experiments in Europe.
- T-Bar area in Edmonton, Alberta shuts down.
- At the end of a tough year, Granby Ranch goes up for sale.
- New Heavenly trail map confirms Galaxy won’t spin again this season, leaving a big hole in Nevada.
- Epic Passes account for 43 percent of Vail Resorts revenue.
- New lifts at the Yellowstone Club get names: Eglise, Great Bear and Little Dipper. A few hundred families now enjoy the 14th largest lift fleet in the country.
One can only assume that Heavenly advertising the fact that Galaxy will not operate this season means it likely will not operate again. Now the question is will they abandon the terrain?
Here’s to hoping Vail commits to a replacement next month. They could have taken the lift and trails off the map completely like the Wells Fargo pod, instead they called attention to it.
They still claim 4,800 acres of skiable terrain. It would be much less without all the Galaxy area and they would go down in ski resorts ranking :-( BTW, Galaxy was never opened in the previous season.
According some people, Galaxy chair was sold, nothing left. Do you have any information that they plan to build a new lift? I worry that this area will be closed forever.
The photos of Galaxy I linked to above were taken in late April of this year and it was obviously still standing. Did it last spin in 2015-16? If removed, it would have had to have been this summer and I can’t imagine it being sold for anything other than scrap.
My take is, if they didn’t plan to build a new lift, wouldn’t they have taken it off the trail map already? Putting a big gray blob and saying “will be closed this season” to me implies they are looking at options. Maybe a relocated Wayback from Keystone?
I remember Heavenly making a video maybe about 5 to 7 years ago talking about improvements for the next season, one of them being a Galaxy replacement. Not sure why it didn’t happen that summer, or the one after that, or the one after that….
Not to play devil’s advocate, but not changing the skiable acreage is just waiting for a class action lawsuit or the like from some low ball person. Just ask Subway about its recent lawsuit over a foot-long and they settled for millions.
New YC trail maps dropped right after I posted today.
So how much is a membership to YC anyway?
$300,000 initiation plus cost of property then $39,500 annual dues and $15,000-35,000 annual HOA. Limited to 864 families.