News Roundup: On the Block

  • Alterra’s David Perry says significant capital is likely be spent at Steamboat in 2018 and 2019 with phase two of the gondola rebuild and other big projects on the table.
  • A Denver TV reporter heads to Texas for a two-part interview with the husband of Kelly Huber, the woman killed during a lift malfunction last year at Granby Ranch.
  • Two loaded chairs collide at Owl’s Head, Quebec after the Green Chair was pressed into rare operation amid downtime on a neighboring high-speed quad.  The 1972 Heron-Poma is the former Big Hitch lift from Stagecoach, Colorado.
  • China Peak’s owner wishes he still had the $900,000 he spent to build a new lift last summer that can’t open with no snow.
  • The new Peak triple was rope evac’d at Pats Peak last Monday, apparently due to a gearbox issue.
  • Poma dedicates its newest factory in France.
  • Disney Skyliner’s first tower is up and it’s tapered in the cool Wolfurt style.
  • Ian Cumming, founder of Powdr and majority owner of Snowbird, dies at age 77.
  • Granite Gorge’s chairlift opens for the season after a gearbox issue and other problems.
  • Ariel Quiros officially settles with the Securities and Exchange Commission for $82 million, paving the way for the sale of Jay Peak and Burke Mountain.
  • The world’s longest lift is open!
  • Killington formally applies to replace the South Ridge triple with a quad chair, manufacturer unknown. The sample profile confusingly shows a Poma Alpha drive and Doppelmayr Eclipse return terminal.
  • Teton Pass, Montana won’t reopen under current ownership and is up for sale.
  • Skier visits have declined 30 percent in South Korea over the last five years and there are several lost ski resorts in the Olympic region.
  • The Sawtooth National Forest tentatively approves Sun Valley’s project to replace the Cold Springs lift with a longer high-speed quad as soon as this summer.
  • A chairlift will be studied studied for one of Alabama’s most popular state parks.
  • Alterra names Mammoth veteran Rusty Gregory as the company’s first CEO.

5 thoughts on “News Roundup: On the Block

  1. smacpats February 7, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    Isn’t owl’s head where original quicksilver from Breck ended up?


    • Peter Landsman February 7, 2018 / 3:30 pm

      Yes. Also an old detachable from Blue Mountain and a Borvig from somewhere.


  2. Collin February 7, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Think that Alterra will finally invest in Stratton and Tremblant? Intrawest did basically nothing for 15-20 years. I hope it’s not like worthless Powdr corp that’s running Killington into the ground to build up Copper to unsuccessfully compete with Vail Resorts.


  3. KP February 7, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Alterra to overpay for Ian Cumming’s shares of Snowbird in 3….2….1….

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  4. Thomas Jett February 7, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    I wonder how Rusty is going to run Alterra. I know he left Mammoth with some pretty big plans, so maybe he’ll look into shifting some of the Colorado money to finance new lifts.


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