News Roundup: Cirque

  • The Salesforce Transit Center tram opens Monday.
  • Volunteers are determined to complete the Ascutney Mountain T-Bar project in time for next winter.
  • Peak Resorts reports a great fourth quarter with $36.9 million in earnings on $85.5 million in revenue, up from a year ago 52.5 and 71.5 percent, respectively.
  • Mexico City awards the contract for the first Cablebús urban gondola line to Doppelmayr, which will utilize D-Line technology.

  • The reopening of Big Tupper, NY hits a snag.
  • Proposed changes to the NEPA process would streamline approval of projects on National Forest lands impacting less than 20 acres, such as chairlift replacements.
  • The Balsams goes up for sale.
  • At Squaw Alpine, the extended Hot Wheels replacement will be named Treeline Cirque.
  • Seattle’s ABC affiliate checks in on Stevens Pass’ trio of lift projects.
  • Five months before its grand opening, Woodward Park City is really coming along.  Bonus: it looks like Doppelmayr has a new, more modern lift operator shack option (also seen at Manning Park.)

14 thoughts on “News Roundup: Cirque

  1. Ryan June 29, 2019 / 5:59 pm

    Hot Wheels was a cool name, why change it?

    Liked by 1 person

      • jaytrem July 1, 2019 / 9:15 am

        Yup, I was hoping they would go back to Weasel. Now I’m just hoping they go back to Hot Wheels. Wonder if they were worried about copyright issues?


        • reaperskier July 1, 2019 / 9:55 am

          Hot Wheels/Mattel could easily sue Squalpine (unless they got the rights to use the name)


        • Peter Landsman July 1, 2019 / 10:03 am

          If so, they would probably lose. The trademark holder would have to prove the ski lift name is likely to cause consumer confusion.


  2. Battbann June 29, 2019 / 7:19 pm

    There is what looks like a riblet double with strange chairs in Milwaukee at the summerfest music festival. Can’t figure out exactly though


    • Peter Landsman June 29, 2019 / 8:34 pm

      One of at least three non-ski chairlifts in Wisconsin. I don’t think any of them are Riblet though.


  3. themav June 30, 2019 / 6:36 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see how many still opt for CTEC-style lift shacks in the future. I’m surprised that style has lasted as long as it has!


  4. John Austenson June 30, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    Re: Stevens Pass-does moving the base of the Skyline Express 150 ft. “Up hill” mean closer to the base area or farther away? I am confused.


    • Peter Landsman July 1, 2019 / 9:57 am

      Looks like it is moving up the bigger mountain, away from the rope tow.


      • David July 1, 2019 / 10:23 am

        I think the main reason they’re moving it is to give more room at the base (less congestion) and allow people to lap Skyline easier.

        Might also have something to do with longer term plan with Grace Lakes and such.


  5. SnowNGR July 2, 2019 / 8:01 am

    Might that riblet look-alike be an Universal Design or O.D. Hopkins? A lot of theme park and fair chairlifts seemed to come from them before it became more common for used ski area lifts to get a second life with less vertical. Got a pic to post?


  6. Battbann July 2, 2019 / 6:55 pm

    Here’s a video:


  7. WA July 3, 2019 / 10:03 am

    The Stevens Pass news video link shows the manager saying that the new developments will bring “four detachable quads to Stevens main base area”. This would mean both the new Daisy and Brooks would be HSQ. Previously I was thinking only Brooks would be.


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