News Roundup: A Long Time Coming


19 thoughts on “News Roundup: A Long Time Coming

  1. Max Hart March 22, 2019 / 10:05 am

    I think the Bretton Woods Gondola will be tied (with Sunday River’s Chondola) for the longest Uni-G terminals in New England, however widest still goes to the Chondi and Barnstormer.


  2. Paul Manafort March 22, 2019 / 1:25 pm

    I’d be very surprised if Mission Ridge didn’t get new terminals for their new bubble quad. The terminals on the lift in Europe look too integrated into the ground.


    • Teddy's Lift World March 22, 2019 / 5:20 pm

      Does Mission Ridge seriously think that this thing will be any more reliable than their current situation. I know how unreliable lifts like the bubble quad can be. This is a dumb investment in my opinion.


      • atc1701 March 22, 2019 / 9:01 pm

        Terrible investment. The supposed lift is only 2 years newer than the old POMA chair. This isn’t an investment that’ll work out for Mission Ridge for 5+ years. Either that 1987 quad isn’t the one, or it was just a terrible business decision.


      • Peter Landsman March 24, 2019 / 2:29 pm

        Below is the picture now on Mission Ridge’s site. Looks a lot like the lift Christoph identified.

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        • AvocadoAndy March 24, 2019 / 6:29 pm

          I can’t imagine they’d buy a lift that’s practically a fossil to replace another fossil of a lift. I would assume that the relocation would include some hefty renovations. That’d be a pathetically stupid move to do that otherwise.

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        • Christoph Kuhn March 26, 2019 / 2:19 am

          This pic shows 100 % the Zinsbergbahn. I was there just last summer. The Logo one the chair is the “Skiwelt” Logo

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  3. Cleetus March 22, 2019 / 1:30 pm

    The Sahale thing at Mt. Hood Meadows was a huge letdown.

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    • Collin Parsons March 22, 2019 / 4:10 pm

      I agree. I hate when places overhype their announcements.


    • HoodRacer March 23, 2019 / 11:05 pm

      I’m going to disagree with you there; they definitely do need more uphill capacity, but on peak days their lodge(s) are ridiculously crowded. More space in the existing lodge for brown bag lunches will be huge. They’re also going to be able to move the ‘race room’ to the first floor to seperate the racers from everyone else. I’ve skied weekends at Meadows (some of those as a racer) for close to 15 years and think that this will be a big help for them. I’ve given up on the lift line issue being solved in the near future as Portland grows.

      Granted, I would have been more excited if they had announced they were finally building their proposed ‘Elevator Express’…


      • Paul Manafort March 24, 2019 / 12:02 am

        where would the elevator express go?


        • HoodRacer March 24, 2019 / 12:24 am

          According to their master plan, it would start about midway up Mt. Hood Express’s lift line at the bottom of the Elevator run (probably the end of the Elevator Shaft run). It would then run up Lower/Upper Elevator and terminate near/above the top of Cascade.

          There’s a map on page 10 of their master plan, which I’ve linked below…

          Click to access 107996_FSPLT3_4493066.pdf


    • Frank Fery March 24, 2019 / 4:25 pm

      Agreed! The lines on the MHX lift on weekends are unbearable.

      Preferred options:
      1. Upgrading MHX to a Six.
      2. Replacing Blue with a detach Quad.
      3. Upgrading/extending Daisy with detach Quad. Daisy could be realigned to extended up to mid Boulevard run and still stay below the wind line.

      The Elevator lift would be shutdown often during storms, just like Cascade and Vista.

      Unfortunately environmentalists prevented the White Canyon lift from ever being built.


      • HoodRacer March 25, 2019 / 12:11 am

        The issue I’d have with replacing blue/MHX without lift upgrades elsewhere is that it would shift the capacity problem to another area of the mountain. Lines at Shooting Star and HRM are awful on weekends too; increasing out of base capacity without improving uphill capacity at these terrain pods will just create longer lines and new bottlenecks. I like the idea of them installing lifts in new alignments because the bottlenecks they would create wouldn’t be as severe. But, opinions are opinions, and that’s just mine. I see your logic too.


  4. Ryan Gardner March 22, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    Always happy to see a doomed FG live another year! Go Cold Springs!!


  5. Duff Goldman March 23, 2019 / 8:11 am

    I’m looking for a guy who is good a frosting wedding cakes with a toothpick, does anyone have the number for the snowcat driver that works top of JHole tram ?

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  6. John March 24, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    I have a hard time believing that Mission would scrap a 1985 lift in favour of a 1987 one. I suspect the lift they’re purchasing is a different one.


    • John March 24, 2019 / 2:08 pm

      The pictures on their site do show that lift, it’s true, but that may be just an example. There’s a great deal of refurbishing that would be needed- 100% grip and carrier NDT, probably all-new rubber on the towers, re-bushed assemblies, who knows the state of the motor and gearbox…. All-new drive and controls will be huge but the rest of the machine is still 32 years old.


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