News Roundup: Express

  • Both Doppelmayr and Leitner-Poma show off gondolas at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions expo in Orlando.
  • A startup venture is restoring Hall, Riblet and Heron-Poma chairs for sale online.
  • Snow King Mountain says the outcome of a rent dispute with the Town of Jackson could affect its ability to replace Summit with a gondola.
  • Afton Alps ditches Lift 8, a 1969 Heron triple, for a terrain park.
  • Re: Saddleback sale, an investigative report by the Portland, Maine NBC station concludes, “the money isn’t there” and “the deal could fall apart entirely.”
  • Killington switches from a James Niehues-painted trail map to a VistaMap this year; Whiteface and Belleayre ditch VistaMap for Kevin Mastin paintings.  Gunstock goes from a computer-generated map to a James Niehues one and Mt. Snow does the opposite.
  • The first lift sporting Leitner Ropeways’ new station design is almost finished.
  • A county supervisor in San Diego who gets gondolas does a great interview about them.
  • Aspen-affiliated KSL resort group to have a name by Christmas, launch a new pass product next year and continue participating in the Mountain Collective.
  • Doppelmayr releases fiscal 2016/17 global results: project count up 2.9 percent to 106, employee headcount up 1.8 percent to 2,720, revenue down 4 percent to €801 million ($948 million.)
  • T minus 14 days ’til Vail Resorts reveals preliminary lift plans for next year.

5 thoughts on “News Roundup: Express

  1. Kyle W. November 23, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    That Killington trail map looks awful. Nothing beats a Niehues one.


  2. Carson November 24, 2017 / 11:38 am

    I think the hall chairs that were refurbished were from sugar loaf Michigan.


  3. bryansouth November 25, 2017 / 12:45 am

    I’ve always wanted to own a chairlift, but those are kind of expensive. Not unreasonable though, just more than I would want to pay for a bench.

    I would get the Riblet one, because those chairs used to scare the crap out of me as a kid. Needs a beat up piece of plywood and tons of stickers to look more authentic though.


  4. Collin November 27, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Interesting because Peak Resorts switched to a James Niehues map at Hunter while ditching a James Niehues map at Mount Snow for an electronic map. Both changes were done to try and eliminate insets for different faces of the mountain. The electronic map at Hunter had an inset for the West Side, while the James Niehues map doesn’t. The James Niehues map at Mount Snow had insets for both North Face and Sunbrook while the electronic map has an inset only for Sunbrook.

    Also, Belleayre, Gore, and Whiteface used to all use the old version of VistaMap for over 20 years. Gore switched to the new VistaMap design for 15-16. Belleayre switched to a Kevin Mastin painting for 16-17 and Whiteface is making that switch for this year. Surprised that they didn’t stick with the same map type for all of them.


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