News Roundup: Beyond Skiing

  • According to the New York State contracting website, the Gore Mountain Sunway, High Peaks, Hudson and Whiteface Bear Den lift replacement projects that went out to bid last fall are all on hold.  Two bids were received for the Olympic Jumping Complex gondola in Lake Placid but no builder has been selected as of January 18th.
  • A chair falls off a 1993 Yan detachable quad in Spain, closing an entire ski resort indefinitely.
  • Lift service returns to Killington’s South Ridge for the first time in a decade as of yesterday.
  • Bartholet completes its first 10 passenger gondola lift in Norway.
  • Les Otten lobbies for a new bill that would permit public financing for The Balsams redevelopment.
  • The proposed gondola in Idaho Springs, Colorado would be modeled after the Sea to Sky Gondola, which now carries more than 400,000 riders a year in British Culumbia.  The 1.2 mile Colorado version would rise 1,100 feet above Interstate 70.
  • The largest lost ski resort in Canada, Fortress Mountain, could reopen with a mix of new and refurbished lifts in 2020.
  • Sun Valley and Snowbasin ditch the Mountain Collective Pass for a partnership with Vail Resorts and the Epic Pass starting next winter.
  • The Laconia Daily Sun explains how Highland Mountain Bike Park finds success on the grounds of a long lost New Hampshire ski area.
  • The former longtime operator of Timberline Four Seasons Resort is indicted, accused of illegally prescribing pain drugs.  The ski area suffered a major lift accident in 2016 and has operated only sporadically this winter.

7 thoughts on “News Roundup: Beyond Skiing

  1. Tyler February 8, 2019 / 9:36 am

    Will that be the end of what I believe is the last unmodified Yan HSQ in the world?

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    • Cameron Halmrast February 8, 2019 / 9:51 am

      There is another YAN HSQ that’s pretty much original in Iran! However, it does not operate as a ski lift, but rather a scenic sky ride.


      • Noah February 8, 2019 / 11:44 am

        That Yan had been modified with a grip that one of Yan’s engineers had designed to work with the existing Yan systems without a complete terminal overhaul like what Poma & Doppelmayr had done. There is actually a third YAN hsq that was partially installed at an Iranian ski resort but I do not know if it was ever completed. Also was this quad still using the original YAN grips or had it been converted to the grips that where allowed in Canada that I had previously mentioned. If someone knows more than I on the YAN replacement grips please feel free to enlighten me.


        • Collin Parsons February 8, 2019 / 12:49 pm

          The lift in Iran has the Pol-X-West grips as it came used from Silver Star. Ive never heard of the partially completed lift, but I assume it would’ve been installed used as well. Thr lift in Spain still has the original marshmallow grips, but for some reason the chairs were replaced with a design similar to what Skytrac uses now.


  2. Collin Parsons February 8, 2019 / 10:57 am

    Another thing that I’m surprised didn’t get included is that Mountain Creek, NJ has had their South Peak Express Quad down since last Friday. There is still no time estimate on reopening it.

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  3. Ryan Murphy February 8, 2019 / 12:33 pm

    I know NY just reported a huge budget deficit. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t surprise me if ORDA becomes a victim of the impending budget cuts.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Bennett Dugas February 9, 2019 / 9:58 am

    Disney Skyliner is starting to come alive…

    Liked by 1 person

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