- Copper’s new lift up Tucker Mountain will be named Three Bears after three members of the Cumming family who founded Powdr Co.
- Parks Canada green lights Lake Louise’s new long range plan including nine new lifts.
- The Forest Service weighs environmental concerns about Breck’s planned Peak 7 infill lift.
- Proposed federal legislation would set aside large swaths of the Wasatch for conservation and limit ski terrain expansion options.
- The fixed grip chondola in Illinois still doesn’t have an opening date but progress is ongoing.
- Revelstoke Mountain Resort previews the Stellar expansion and introduces a new trail map.
- A local TV reporter learns how to operate the Portland Aerial Tram and a Discovery Channel personality plays tram mechanic in Palm Springs.
- Wooward Park City, the all-new actions sports park with a Doppelmayr quad chair, will launch November 27th.
- Charles Hlavac purchases Teton Pass and plans to reopen as soon as possible under a new name.
- Disney bloggers discover the Disney Skyliner cabins feature automated narration. T-minus 16 days!
- Stevens Pass will sell 216 chairs from Daisy and Brooks on Thursday, September 19th with proceeds benefiting the Epic Promise Foundation.
- Eaglecrest opens a public survey to gauge interest in its gondola proposal and other projects.
- Here’s a rundown from the Saddleback community meeting.
- Mt. St. Louis Moonstone invests over CAD$6 million on a Leitner-Poma detachable six place lift to replace the Louis Express.
- A new lawsuit seeks to block approval of the Squaw-Alpine gondola project.
There was a great episode of Dirty Jobs where Mike Rowe was climbing around on the Palm Springs Tram.
The lift at Woodward Park City is complete now. I’ll take a picture if I get up there.
off topic, but is anyone gonna build another cabriolet
also, is anyone going to build a 10 person lift?
Steamboat had a proposed cabriolet to a new parking lot but it instead was a pulse gondola connecting to a hotel. https://liftblog.com/wildhorse-gondola-steamboat-co/
There’s no chance that a 10 person lift gets built. With wider chairs, you lose a lot of efficiency, as it’s a lot less likely that you’ll be able to coordinate 2-3 parties of skiers, plus singles every 8-10 seconds in order to fill every seat. It would probably be more efficient to just build two parallel detachable quads.
A 10 person lift seems unlikely, but never say never. The technology exists, so somewhere along the line this might become someone’s vanity project.
The main downside, like Thomas said, is loading that huge of a chair. Even with a fancy loading carpets like Ramcharger, it’d be a challenge to keep that lift running at capacity. Parallel quads / 6-packs might cost more, but give greater operational flexibility.
Yes I think sea to sky might upgrade there gondola to ten people, since tourism will be high once it opens again.
I find that unlikely, that would require an overhaul of a vast amount of the mechanical systems to allow for the extra weight of the cabins, among many other things. That’d mean widening the gauge, which takes a new bullwheel, turnarounds, grips, a new engine for the heavier cabins, and from what I can tell many of the structural components like the terminal masts may even have to be replaced as well. The heavier cabins would also likely mean that they’d need more towers to help the heavier cabins get over the large unsupported spans on this lift. Making a lift go from an 8 seater to a 10 seater would be an extremely complicated process and their goal of opening by next spring would not provide the time (or hell, the weather) to actually undergo such an extreme change. At the very best they could thicken the haul rope, grips, and sheaves to allow for more cabins but even that seems ambitious.
Theres also an episode of amazing race canada where they jump off the grouse super skyride
I did a photoshop of the Breckenridge trail map to approximate what I think the Peak 7 infill lift might look like on a map. (This came as part of a personal project to apply a Frozen retheming of the Peak 7 and Peak 6 chairlifts, so the lift names here are fictitious)