News Roundup: A World Away

  • As Vail Resorts shakes up management in the northeast, outgoing Mt. Sunapee GM Jay Gamble reflects on 20 years of growth including four new lifts and 110,000 annual skier visits.
  • Vail also says goodbye to Sunapee’s Duckling double after 55 years.
  • The owner of Mt. Washington, British Columbia; Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire; Wisp, Maryland and Wintergreen, Virginia takes over operations at Powderhorn, Colorado.
  • Propelled by five major projects in Colorado, Leitner-Poma says 2018 is it biggest year ever in the United States.
  • The $2 billion Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco, which features a short aerial tramway, is mired in problems unrelated to the lift.
  • Construction begins in Switzerland for the world’s second longest 3S with the most towers – seven.
  • With new six and eight passenger lifts, Big Sky Resort shifts away from the double/triple/quad lift lingo.
  • Alterra names KSL veteran Adam Knox Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development to lead the company’s acquisitions and resort partnership group.
  • Due to the amount of lift work needed after seven shuttered years, Cockaigne, NY won’t reopen this winter after all.
  • One of the longest Riblets retired from Snowmass turns up in the Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was killed.
  • A freshly cut lift line is spotted in the Spanish Peaks development adjacent to Big Sky Resort, probably for the planned Highlands chair.
  • The Berkshire Eagle looks at Catamount’s $5 million fall.
  • A judge quashes spending for lift maintenance at the Hermitage Club, which remains in foreclosure.  A new lawsuit against the ski area alleges breach of contract and consumer fraud.
  • Another aerial tramway cabin crashes in Europe, this time on the one year old Bartholet jigback Staubernbahn.  No one was hurt as the cabin that hit the ground was empty.
  • The Boston Globe talks with Mainers about a fourth winter without Saddleback.
  • In New Zealand, The Remarkables is set to build the inaugural D-Line in the southern hemisphere and Coronet Peak announces a Leitner Telemix.
  • The new Bretton Woods trail map indicates the gondola may not be called Presidential Bahn after all.
  • As Copper Mountain and Leitner-Poma crews work hard to finish two big lifts, opening weekend shifts to Super Bee.

8 thoughts on “News Roundup: A World Away

  1. Ryan November 2, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    I am sad to hear that they cannot get Cockaigne open for this season. What type and vintage of lift(s) do they have again?


  2. Kyle W. November 2, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    It is incredibly sad to see the Duckling Double go


    • reaperskier November 2, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      But why? Vail should have preserved it for historys sake.


      • Kyle W. November 2, 2018 / 6:58 pm

        Totally agree, but when Vail took over I couldn’t help but think it would inevitably lead to the chair being decommissioned.


  3. ah November 5, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    If Big Sky is going to drop “quad” etc., they need to rework the “Six Shooter 6” name.


    • Thomas Jett November 5, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      I don’t think that the numbers are a part of the name; they’re just on the map to show the carrier size.


  4. Carleton A Gebhardt November 8, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    The paper version of the Bretton Woods trail map labels the gondola as the “Bretton Woods Skyway Gondola”


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