News Roundup: Passcape

  • LST Ropeways’ prototype detachable chairlift in France is once again open.
  • Despite a wild winter in Colorado, the shiny new Glenwood Gondola is tracking towards a March 16th launch.
  • Mt. Spokane’s first new lift in four-plus decades has been spinning since December but the mountain’s nonprofit operator is still seeking donations to help pay for it.
  • Epic Passes go on sale and a new Epic Day Pass offers Vail Resorts skiers the option to pre-buy a flexible number of days at a big discount.
  • The Mountain Collective Pass is back for 2019-20 and, as expected, no longer includes Sun Valley or Snowbasin.
  • Following the collective model, an Indy Pass is brewing with eleven regional resorts already signed on.
  • Court documents suggest the Hermitage Club may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • The highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Walt Disney World Resort August 29th, which would be a great date for the Skyliner to start carrying guests to it.
  • Aspen voters approve the Lift 1 corridor project by 26 votes, but it may be a few years before a Telemix joins the Ajax lift fleet.
  • Two years after a fatal ride accident blamed on corrosion, the Ohio State Fair is spending $116,000 to replace all the carriers on a different attraction – its chairlift.
  • Doppelmayr is looking for workers to help build lifts across the country this summer.
  • Vail Resorts season-to-date lift revenue is up 9.6 percent from a year ago, with skier visits increasing 7.9 percent.
  • Attitash won’t open Summit this weekend but not for lack of trying.
  • In California, the City of Long Beach is in the very early stages of considering a multistop gondola.
  • For the first time in years, Black Mountain is opening its 1935 vintage J-Bar this weekend.

13 thoughts on “News Roundup: Passcape

  1. Ryan March 8, 2019 / 7:14 pm

    I think Attitash should just have Skytrac or Doppie install a new drive terminal. Solve all of their problems right there.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Collin Parsons March 9, 2019 / 4:43 pm

      No, they need to replace the whole lift with a detachable as should’ve been done in 1998 when Flying Yankee was built.


  2. sean March 9, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    will the walt disneyworld skyliner stop at galaxy’s edge?


    • Peter Landsman March 9, 2019 / 1:00 pm

      Galaxy’s Edge is within Hollywood Studios, which one of the gondola lines services.


  3. gavin March 9, 2019 / 9:42 pm

    A new 6 pack for Attitash would be nice.


  4. Andrew Raff (@andrewraff) March 11, 2019 / 8:49 am

    Peak reports earnings on Wednesday and if they do not announce a plan to invest in replacing Attitash’s Summit triple, the conference call will be a great time to ask their leadership whether they plan to address it this summer.

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  5. Ryan March 12, 2019 / 1:12 am

    Regarding the Ohio state fair replacing the carriers- If I am not mistaken, those same style carriers are used on a number of sky rides across the world. Thoughts?


  6. Max Hart March 13, 2019 / 3:41 pm

    If you want a good news story for this week hit up the Sunday River forums… lots going down there.


    • Collin Parsons March 13, 2019 / 4:44 pm

      Just read it. Removal of trails to build a t-bar that won’t even be open to the public and shortening the season after putting spring passes on sale. Sounds like Boyne got themselves into a huge and totally unnecessary PR mess.

      Liked by 1 person

      • reaperskier March 13, 2019 / 6:12 pm

        What trails are they planning to remove?


        • Max Hart March 13, 2019 / 6:54 pm

          Two classics: Crossbow (5th trail ever cut at SR) and Tightwire. Both are natural trails, never ever been groomed or had snow made. Both are unbelievable bump runs. There aren’t very many of these trails left, especially at big mountains like SR. Upper Cut, Goat Path, Bims, and Locke Line will be the only ones left. Very sad. Lots of infuriated passholders right now. We were first told that the T would run up to the Over Easy crossover on the skier’s right of Monday Mourning. Then we were told it would run all the way to the top of Monday Mourning on the skier’s left inboard of the snowmaking line (and not harming any nearby trails). Then last week they started to cut what will be the alignment, starting at the bottom of MM and Rocking Chair, crossing Tightwire (and under the Locke chair), running through the woods outboard of the snowmaking line, then straight up the upper half of Crossbow. Obviously one can not open terrain under a T-bar for skiing, so we’re screwed.


      • Collin Parsons March 14, 2019 / 9:36 am

        If it were a public lift it wouldn’t be as big of a deal. You’d lose terrain in exchange for an extra lift that can run in the wind. What Sunday River is doing would be like Big Sky closing terrain for The Yellowstone Club to build a lift within Big Sky’s boundaries. Elitism and class stratification at it’s finest.


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