News Roundup: Never Ending

  • Arizona Snowbowl files paperwork with the Coconino National Forest to replace the Agassiz lift with a combination Telemix/chondola as soon as this summer.
  • Bromont in Quebec looks to build a Doppelmayr six place chair in place of its 1985 vintage detachable.
  • It’s not every day you read about lifties being caught in an avalanche at the bottom of a high-speed quad.  Thankfully no one was injured.
  • I’m thinking President Trump’s 25 percent tariff on imported steel (and 10 percent for aluminum) will have negative implications for the ski lift business, though Mexico and Canada are exempted for now.
  • Doppelmayr Canada seeks an experienced construction manager for its four lift megaproject at Whistler Blackcomb.
  • Triple double Massachusetts mountain Bousquet is on the block.
  • Tenney Mountain opened for skiing yesterday for the first time in eight years.
  • When a T-Bar turns into a chairlift
  • Doppelmayr pitches a 3S gondola to connect Oakland with Alameda Island in San Francisco Bay.
  • Antelope Butte’s two Riblets will see significant work this summer in advance of a possible reopening.
  • Another viral video shows a child falling from a lift at Bear Mountain.
  • Edmonton gondola idea wins a design competition, beating hundreds of other entries.
  • New owner of Mt. Norquay eyes building a gondola from Banff for improved access.
  • Vail Resorts posts strong second quarter results with net income up 58 percent and lift revenue up 6.6 percent despite skier visits dropping 4.9 percent. In addition, Vail is raising its corporate minimum wage to $12.25.
  • Doppelmayr proclaims Big Sky’s upcoming 8-seater the most technologically advanced lift the company has ever delivered.
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20 thoughts on “News Roundup: Never Ending

  1. AllertorSiren05 March 9, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    All of these kids falling off chairlift deals can be prevented… JUST PUT THE BAR DOWN if you’re ridding with kids!

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    • Max Hart March 9, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      So true. It was a state law in most New England states for a long time, I’m not sure if it still is. The bar is there for a reason. Use it.

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      • AllertorSiren05 March 9, 2018 / 6:14 pm

        I believe Vermont is the only state that requires you by law to use the bar. Not mandatory here in NH (where I live), though I always use it. Think it used to be required, but not anymore.

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      • Collin March 9, 2018 / 6:18 pm

        Vermont it’s a state law you have to put the bar down. Same in Connecticut. I believe the other eastern states require that lifts have them, but don’t require that passengers use them. Regardless the law in Vermont is rarely enforced.

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      • Max Hart March 9, 2018 / 7:04 pm

        Definitely was a state law in NH at some point. Here’s a picture from Gunstock’s Twin Summit Doubles in 1973: http://www.newenglandskihistory.com/lifts/NewHampshire/gunstock/summitdouble-1973-0000a.jpg
        Note the sign on the tower. It is still mandatory in VT (but as Allertorsiren05 said it’s poorly enforced), and I think mountains in Maine have to have a sign on every lift saying “Lower Restraining Bar”, but I’m not sure if the rider is legally obligated to do so. I’m not sure about MA, Rhode Island has two chairlifts so they probably don’t worry about that too much, and as Collin said riders are legally obligated to use the bar in CT.

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  2. DoppelmayrFTW March 9, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    People always put the bar Up too early, at the last tower often the highest point on the lift. Open in the Terminal!

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  3. Thomas Jett March 9, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    I’m surprised by the Agassiz replacement, both because this’ll be Arizona Snowbowl’s fourth lift in four years, and because it seems mostly redundant with Grand Canyon Express. Does anyone know if they have any terrain expansions planned, like a summit lift?

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  4. Alex March 9, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    I am starting to worry that Alterra will not do anything this summer. Any rumors out there?

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      • Thomas Jett March 10, 2018 / 1:49 am

        Which makes sense, as they were describing Alterra as being a lot more decentralized than Vail. They mentioned keeping a lot of the admin in place, and talked about keeping the ‘feel’ of each resort form being snuffed out by corporate. Then again, seeing as Rusty Gregory’s CEO, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a general policy of austerity.

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    • Peter Landsman March 10, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Of all the Alterra resorts, Winter Park seems most in need of some love. Still rocking the 1966 Riblet, 1986 Pioneer detachable which broke down last time I was on it, 1990 Zephyr which needs to be bigger anyways and 1991 High Lonesome. WP could build a new detachable every year for the next five and still not be caught up to its peers. Hopefully they have a Copper-like announcement in the works.

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    • Peter Landsman March 11, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      Here goes Alterra…
      Act 250 permit for Stratton Snowbowl replacement: “removal of the existing Snow Bowl Ski Lift and replacing it with a new lift. The New Lift will have slightly different locations for the top and bottom terminals and new footings for each towers. The project will require earthwork for terminals and tree removal in some areas of the trail and surrounding the terminals.” Based on the fee paid, construction cost is anticipated to be between $7 and 8 million.
      https://anrweb.vt.gov/ANR/vtANR/Act250SearchResults.aspx?Num=2W0519-29

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      • Doppelmayr FTW March 12, 2018 / 8:26 am

        sounds like it will be a big lift!

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      • Collin March 12, 2018 / 8:55 am

        My guess is LPOA 6-CLD, but they could also go with Doppelmayr. They have very little brand loyalty. Possibly a bubble, but most likely not. Remember the 7-8mil includes taking down the old lift and doing any necessary grading and tree clearing work, not just the amount that goes to the manufacturer.

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  5. John March 12, 2018 / 11:18 am

    Beech Mountain replacing their HS quad????

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    • Peter Landsman March 12, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      Fabulous news for the future of those resorts and Boyne. Should simplify things when improvements are needed.

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      • Dave howe March 12, 2018 / 10:56 pm

        Do you foresee buying out solitude and merging it with Brighton?

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