- Mt. Rose wants to replace Lakeview and build a two stage detachable Atoma lift instead of two separate alignments shown here.
- Two people survive after their small plane crashes into and is caught by chairlift cables in Italy.
- The Forest Service seeks public comment on issuing a special use permit to Mountain Capital Partners to operate Elk Ridge, Arizona, which closed in 2017.
- The owners of 100 year old Pocono Manor want to build a 1.5 mile chairlift to the upcoming Pocono Springs lifestyle and entertainment complex.
- The New York Times considers whether a planned four station gondola is appropriate in historically holy Jerusalem.
- All three Disney Skyliner lines remain closed following Saturday’s mishap at the Riviera station.
- The replacement for Big Burn at Snowmass may be a six place bubble model.
- Hermitage Club founder Jim Barnes is ordered to pay a member more than $5.4 million for making misrepresentations.
- Crystal Mountain adds 12 gondola cabins with the mountain’s new logo, bringing the Mt. Rainier Gondola to its maximum capacity of 900 passengers per hour.
- Magic Mountain’s new quad may not spin by Christmas but hopefully MLK weekend.
- Environmental review of the New York Capital Gondola project should commence next week.
- Lake Louise’s VonRoll gondola towers finally fly away after 60 years.
- The VonRoll in Oklahoma thrills riders for a 54th year.
- Fatzer fast tracks a new haul rope for the Sea to Sky Gondola.
- The recently opened 3S in Norway successfully toes the line between an urban gondola and ski/tourism lift.
- Vail seeks to buy the Hermitage Club’s snowmaking guns.
- A super cool LST T-Bar on the roof of a waste-to-energy plant opens for skiers in Copenhagen.
- Poma begins constructing a five section urban gondola on the remote Indian Ocean island of Réunion.
- Grouse Mountain acknowledges the Blue Skyride‘s days are numbered and will study replacing it over the coming year.
- Frost Fire, which was unable to spin its brand new Skytrac quad last winter, says it will open this winter.
So Lake Louise is finally getting rid of the gondola towers. Kinda sad, as it was once such an iconic lift at Lake Louise. But I understand that all old things need to go.
I’m surprised that Rose is considering a Lakeview replacement over a Ponderosa/Galena replacement, but I hope that the fact that both of their projects are detachable says that they’re in a good position.
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The Elk Ridge permit application calls for “the placement of “neveplast” on the existing ski run; this artificial snow material surface would allow for skiing/boarding when there is not sufficient natural snow to operate”
Also adding a snow cat to get skiers/boarders up the mountain instead of replacing the broken down poma. Not sure I can see a snowcat “operation” be successful for such a small vertical area.
You forgot to mention that Keystone opens tomorrow
That was announced 17 minutes after this post. There’s still time for A-Basin and/or Loveland to open too!
A-Basin says their opening today from 3:30 to 5:30 PM…. https://www.arapahoebasin.com/the-mountain/opening-day/
Loveland has said they are hoping for next week so their out. A-Basin hasn’t made anything official yet though they have hinted.
The going rumor that if A-Basin announces opening tomorrow, then Keystone will put on the lights and open earlier in the morning. I could see that happening and it makes sense given that Keystone hasn’t set a time yet.
Long story short, Keystone will open first tomorrow.
Arapahoe Basin opened today from 330pm- 530pm. They won the first to open race!
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A-Basin says they’re opening today from 3:30 to 5:30 PM…. https://www.arapahoebasin.com/the-mountain/opening-day/
My post became outdated while I typed it. lol Let’s see if Keystone responds.
Looks like River Run and Montezuma will be open. Maybe ruby too.
On the Atoma expansion at Mt. Rose, honestly two separate lifts looks more practical than a two-stage detachable. Have a detachable be the main lift for the pod, with a fixed grip lift for ingress (or egress? I can’t tell). The “two stage detachable” proposal kinda reminds me a bit of Breck’s initial master plans for Peak 6 (since the lifts had to be built around existing private property lines), which at one point planned for a two-stage high speed six pack from the junction of Monte Cristo and Angel’s Rest to the Horizon Warming Hut, with a turn and mid-load station before going to the top of Peak 6. Instead of that, we got the current configuration of two separate lifts, with a fixed grip quad (Zendo) shuttling guests over to Horizon Warming Hut, and the high speed six pack (Kensho SuperChair) being used for lapping the trails.
I sorta see the same thing happening with the idea of a two-stage detachable for Mt. Rose’s expansion instead of two separate lifts.
Okay, the lift crossing the ski bridge in the map would be an egress lift.
New cable or splice on the Jackson Hole tram?
New haul rope.
It is 11 years old… And is a heavy duty tram with year round use so not so surprising..
Bah. ABasin didn’t win, They only opened for a few hours. Keystone wins the race if they have a decent ski day in my book.
Technically, they did. I don’t really care about early season skiing, but I do care about end of season skiing, and a basin does a really good job of staying open!
Just from the trail map, I’d say that a high speed quad is most likely what Mt. Rose is seeking for replacing Lakeview.