News Roundup: Next Generation

  • The above $52 million masterpiece and highest-ever 3S opens for business in the shadow of the Matterhorn.
  • The Leitner-Poma Group’s sixth tricable gondola is set to carry commuters between three stations in Toulouse, France from 2020 and will cost $94.5 million to build.
  • Alterra closes on its purchase of Crystal Mountain.
  • A lift operator and his employer, Killingon/Pico, are sued following a loading mishap.
  • An eighth urban gondola line opens in La Paz and carries 72,740 riders on its first day.
  • CWA teases Omega V, the next evolution of the world’s best selling gondola cabin.  While we wait to see what it looks like, check out hundreds of CWA designs from the past 75 years.
  • The Palm Springs Tram gets a new 13,500′ x 45 mm upper haul rope from Fatzer.  Thanks Kirk D. for the photos.
  • Horseshoe Resort’s retired 1989 Doppelmayr detachable quad hits the used market.
  • Whistler Blackcomb’s 2018-19 trail map shows what $52 million worth of new lifts looks like.
  • Read up on Sun Peaks’ new Orient quad here.
  • Lone Mountain Land Company eyes two more lifts on the Spanish Peaks side of Big Sky Resort and nine in Moonlight Basin.
  • Revelstoke’s newspaper looks into rumors of a gondola project on Mt. Begbie.
  • The City of Los Angeles will study two Hollywood gondola ideas.
  • Another Disney Skyliner station is nearly finished with tons of windows.
  • Windham names its new lift Westside Six.  I stopped by last week to check out the progress.

12 thoughts on “News Roundup: Next Generation

  1. Cameron Halmrast October 5, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    Did Owl’s Head end up buying the Atomic Express from Horseshoe Resort because I can’t find anything about Horseshoe Resort being in Owl’s Head portfolio of properties. I think it will be hard to find a buy for a lift of this scale because it’s so uniquely short.


    • A. G. October 5, 2018 / 3:53 pm

      Yeah the Owls Head connection doesn’t make a whole heck of a lot of sense. Aside from the fact they run a bunch of the same era Dopplemayer lifts.


      • reaperskier October 5, 2018 / 4:15 pm

        Would Owl’s head use horseshoe’s high speed quad to replace le petit quad (a borvig fixed grip quad)?


    • Collin Parsons October 5, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Owls Head has bought old used detachables in the past, so it’s not out of the question.


  2. Skier October 5, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    Anyone know anything about that Circus Circus Gondola from 1993 in the CWA history PDF? First I’ve heard of it.


    • Duncan October 8, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      This is so exciting! When did Omega IV come out?


  3. Andrew H October 8, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    You must have happened by Big Sky Real Estate down in the meadows! Fascinating long range expansion plans . . .


    • Andrew H October 8, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      And I should add that some of those Moonlight “future lifts” don’t seem to make a lot of sense for anything. And nothing shows a lift that would provide access from the Madison Village base up to near the top of Lone Tree. That terrain now takes two lifts to get to unless you just lap Lone Tree. A shame, because there’s some nice skiing back there.


      • Maverick Rat February 8, 2019 / 2:56 pm

        Exactly what I was thinking… some of the MLB lifts don’t really make sense, at least to me… and yea, wasn’t a Madison Base-Lone Tree top lift supposed to be part of the long-term plan?

        Also looks like a lot of the proposed lifts in those plans are for real estate access as opposed to actual new ski terrain..


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