News Roundup: Must Read

  • planning document shows Big White has applied to build two lifts east of Black Forest Express called Backcountry and Backcountry Connector.
  • Snow King Mountain’s expansion officially enters the National Environmental Policy Act pipeline.  Proposed lifts are a 1,500 pph gondola with cabin storage, a 3,015′ backside fixed-grip quad, one 679′ T-Bar or platter and two new carpets.
  • The iconic Volkswagen funitel marks 15 years of operation, having delivered over three million vehicles from factory to test track.
  • A proposed urban gondola in Loveland, Colorado would be built by Leitner-Poma with up to five stations.
  • Arapahoe Basin drops its new trail map showing the big Beavers expansion.
  • An avalanche takes out the last tower of a Doppelmayr six-pack in New Zealand.
  • Skytrac is hiring for project foreman and general construction positions.
  • Denver Post alum Jason Blevins, now writing for the Colorado Sun, traces the remarkable ski industry journey of the Mueller family from Vermont to Colorado.  Insights from his must read piece: Tim and Diane Mueller took out a second mortgage on their home to buy Okemo, invested in Catamount before it failed, nearly bought Steamboat and once bid to operate Winter Park.
  • Windham’s retired F lift heads to Greek Peak to upgrade lifts 3 and 5.
  • The New Mexico State Fair will sport a new skyride-style chairlift beginning next month.
  • Alterra Mountain Company hires an Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer from Wall Street and looks to name a Vice President of Planning and Resort Development.
  • Enjoy the most detailed glimpse yet of the world’s longest lift.
  • The name game continues: Wolf Creek’s newest high speed quad is now Charity.
  • One of the world’s oldest high speed quads is going away in favor of a six pack.
  • I’m in New Mexico this weekend checking out as many lifts as I can.  First stop: Taos, where this yet-to-be-named Leitner-Poma detachable quad is the fourth new lift in five years!

17 thoughts on “News Roundup: Must Read

  1. Nathan Hamilton August 10, 2018 / 7:30 am

    Sorry I guess I missed you while you were here in Taos. New lift is coming along great.


    • Cameron Halmrast August 10, 2018 / 9:40 am

      With the new HSQ at Taos, does the resort have a game plan in regards to how to get people to the top of the mountain if the lift goes down now that Lift 5 has been removed as well? Otherwise, you will have a boring ski trip if you only can ski lower mountain.


    • Peter Landsman August 10, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      I rolled through right about the same time as the storm yesterday. Planning to come back this winter to ride the detachable and get pictures of the rest of your lifts.


    • Peter Landsman August 10, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      I think the alignments have changed from what’s on that master plan.


  2. Ryan August 10, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    Any idea on what year and types of lifts?
    Windham’s retired F lift heads to Greek Peak to upgrade lifts 3 and 5.


    • Peter Landsman August 10, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      The ‘new’ lift is a 1983 VonRoll badged Hall triple, Chair 3 is a 1969 Hall double and Chair 5 is a 1978 Hall triple.


      • Ryan August 12, 2018 / 1:19 am

        Thanks. Happy to see some Hall and VR love.


  3. Ryan Murphy August 10, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    That’s a great shade of blue. Taos really hit the mark on that one.

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  4. Nathan Hamilton August 10, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    Two lifts last year in the base are same color scheme for the terminals as well


  5. AvocadoAndy August 11, 2018 / 1:51 am

    I can’t help but notice the chairs stacked up at Taos look like a Windows XP error.


    • Peter Landsman August 11, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      They probably came like that from Austria inside standard shipping containers.


  6. Boardski August 11, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    That HSQ is definitely a huge need for Taos. It is unfortunate it does not run all the way to the top of 2, at least it is a start though…


  7. U August 11, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Great to see the addition of New Mexico’s lifts to your blog! Thanks for taking the trip


  8. Northeast Chairlifts August 13, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I live by Greek Peak, I got footage for ya. Overall, I’m happy for this replacement. Often, Chair 3 can be seen with quite a long line. a 5-15 min wait is typical for that lift. Chair 5 footrests sound nice too, the current chairs are super squeaky!


    • Ryan August 13, 2018 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you for posting this!!


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