News Roundup: Possible

  • Vail Resorts net income rises 41.5% over last year’s third quarter with Epic season pass sales up 12 percent in units and 19 percent in dollars through May 29th.
  • The new Lift One will likely be put to Aspen voters in a winter 2019 special election rather than the November general election.
  • The Western Idaho State Fair plans to debut a chairlift for the first time in August – apparently a used Riblet of unknown origin.
  • An urban gondola proposal in Ogden, Utah is back.
  • A great writeup about Heron’s early days answers why Aspen Skiing Company switched from Colorado’s homegrown lift company to Riblet.
  • Now’s your chance to enter to win one of Arapahoe Basin’s retired Norway chairs.
  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and the Sierra Club sign an agreement for the resort to abandon California Express Alternative 2 in exchange for the group withholding legal action against alternatives 3 and 4.
  • The Seattle suburb of Kirkland looks to a possible aerial lift to connect its city center with an upcoming bus rapid transit station.
  • Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and Whistler Blackcomb COO Pete Sonntag do a wide ranging interview with the local newspaper after a challenging year and a half.
  • Tower 6 of Howelsen Hill’s chairlift  is on the move for at least the third time as city leaders grapple with whether to fix it.
  • Beartooth Basin, the only summer ski resort in the United States, opens for the season as everyone else closes.  An experiment is also underway to run the lifts with biodiesel.
  • The Olympic Regional Development Authority proposes a new chairlift for its Lake Placid ski jumping venue.
  • Another Borvig surface lift bites the dust in favor of carpets.
  • Berkshire Bank says the Hermitage Club no longer has the right to restructure and argues receivership should proceed.  One Hermitage property is scheduled to be auctioned on June 25th.
  • A decision not to create an opportunity zone in Rangeley, Maine becomes yet another reason Saddleback is going nowhere fast.
  • The man accused of lying about spending a night on a Gore Mountain chairlift says he is innocent and may sue the State of New York.
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5 thoughts on “News Roundup: Possible

  1. Misha Flynn June 7, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Given How badly Borvig chairlifts age. Do you think that Bluewood might replace Skyline Express with a quad any time soon?

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  2. Bryan Mosher June 7, 2018 / 11:47 am

    I love how the Idaho State Fair article provides a detailed description of a ski lift :)

    “Dozens of seats, perhaps about 40, holding as many as three people each would hang from cables running between posts about 40 feet tall. The seats would be about 34 feet above ground.”

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  3. Ryan June 7, 2018 / 11:27 pm

    Always happy to see another Riblet saved from the scrap yard!

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  4. Skier June 8, 2018 / 1:13 am

    Wasn’t that LST lift in the video the one that didn’t open for the entire 16/17 season and where they ended up re-pouring multiple tower foundations and disassembling and rebuilding both terminals?

    If so, I wouldn’t be using that for a promotional video lol.

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