- The Pandora’s high speed quad is a go for next summer on Aspen Mountain.
- Construction of a T-Bar on Golden Peak should begin even sooner at Vail.
- Prying doors open and jumping out of a gondola at Steamboat is not a good idea.
- Nor is bailing from a chairlift at Crested Butte.
- The owner of closed Timberline Resort writes an op-ed about the situation.
- Remember the avalanche that took out a six pack tower in New Zealand last winter? The lift is back together again.
- One of the last remaining Yan detachable lifts, out of service for much of this season, will be torn down this summer.
- Vail CEO Rob Katz says his company will continue to invest in infrastructure such as lifts and steer customers towards season pass products.
- The names for Schweitzer’s upcoming new lifts are Cedar Park Express and Colburn.
- Deer Valley-turned-Alterra executive Bob Wheaton discusses the benefits of being part of a conglomerate.
- Winter Park’s C.A. Lane explains Alterra’s capital allocation is based on resort wish lists.
- Hogadon considers putting $250,000 toward the purchase of a quad chairlift.
- Fernie announces the Timber Bowl Express will close this summer for a bunch of upgrades.
- Sugarloaf uses the backup to the backup on a busy Saturday at Skyline.
- The Austrian resort whose 1980s bubble detachable is apparently destined for Mission Ridge is building two D-Line Omega V 10/bubble 8 combination lifts worth $35 million.
- The first D-Line half station is coming to Sölden.
- There could be another gondola in Banff.
- The BreckConnect won’t spin for much of Breckenridge’s extended winter season out of concern for wildlife.
- A full complement of cabins is spotted on a second Disney Skyliner line.
- The owner of 49 Degrees North says he plans to build a detachable summit lift within three years.
- A Balsams update.
- Mountain Capital Partners will modify the Nordic Valley expansion proposal to address Forest Service concerns.
That NZ avalanche story reminds me a bit of what happened to the 1981 Kumme high speed Triple in Zermatt (which was the oldest detachable chairlift in Switzerland). The difference is that the Zermatt lift was completely destroyed.
I rode that lift a few years ago and thought it was removed because it was old and unrelaible. It was one of my favorite lifts. Sad to hear the news.
Great news for 49 Degrees North!
So this news about the Yan detachable means that the only remaining lift with original grips is the nazhvan chairlift in Iran. It is used as a scenic skyride at a park.
Almost. I think the lift in Iran came from Lake Louise and had Pol-X-West grips.
SilverStar. So yes, coil springs instead of marshmallow springs.
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Oh, okay, but still it is mostly original. If I ever happen to be in Iran (I probably never will be), I will make sure to film it.
Here’s a good video of the Yan detachable lift that was in service until this year in Spain.
There’s some good footage of the grips clamping and releasing the haul rope. Just by looking at the grips as they attach you can tell there isn’t much clamping force on the haul rope.