News Roundup: Wrapping Up

  • Winter Park’s Gondola becomes the third direct drive lift to open in as many weeks in the United States.  As of October, there were zero!
  • Pico is added to Ikon, bringing the pass to 40 mountains with a combined 474 lifts in the the US and Canada.
  • The Hermitage Club won’t reopen until January at the earliest.
  • The last of British Columbia’s seven new lifts debuts at Sun Peaks.
  • I did a double take on this lift: a D-Line gondola with Carvatech cabins.
  • The new American Flyer is very close to becoming the world’s longest bubble chair.
  • Stratton’s new high speed quad is now set to open early in the new year.
  • Skeetawk remains on track to become Alaska’s eleventh lift-served ski area next winter with a SkyTrans triple chair.
  • An 8 year-old boy sustains only minor injuries falling 33 feet off a lift at Nordic Valley.
  • The Colombian capital of Bogotá launches a $73 million urban gondola called TransMiCable.
  • Frost Fire says it cannot open yet due to “contractual obligations with our chairlift,” a brand new Skytrac quad.
  • Big Sky brings high speed access to the southern flank of Lone Peak with Shedhorn 4.

10 thoughts on “News Roundup: Wrapping Up

  1. Paul Manafort December 28, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    What could the “contractual obligations with our chairlift” be?


  2. Michael December 28, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Money not paid to Skytrac per contract?


  3. alex December 28, 2018 / 11:01 pm

    I am a little surprised that Big Sky did not upgrade the grips on the new shedhorn chair given they upgraded the terminals. Anyone know any background on why?


    • Doppelmayr FTW December 28, 2018 / 11:11 pm

      They only upgraded the skins of the terminals, the terminal itself is the same as the old one. To upgrade the grips would mean a complete retrofit and would have been far more expensive.

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  4. Todd December 29, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    Peter, are you headed to YC anytime soon to see the somewhat new gondy?


    • Peter Landsman December 29, 2018 / 7:16 pm

      The upper section of the gondola opened last winter and the lower section just this month. Of course I will go back if I ever get the opportunity. YC is now the 16th largest resort in the country by number of lifts and sure to keep growing.


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