News Roundup: Wish Lists

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13 thoughts on “News Roundup: Wish Lists

  1. Donald Reif October 18, 2019 / 8:18 am

    Given Cyclone’s length, I’d say that the ideal way to replace it would be to do the same thing Silver Star did when they built the Powder Gulch Express to replace the Putnam Creek HSQ: run a HSQ from the bottom up to the mid-unload station, then have a T-Bar run the flat leg from midway to the top.

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    • Ryan October 19, 2019 / 10:22 pm

      For Cyclone- what exactly needs to be replaced? I’d assume the towers are still ok. So new haul rope? Carriers? Bottom station/top station? Is the 10 million price tag for a fixed grip, or HSQ? I wonder if Sky Trac could work some magic to bring that price down with one of their retrofits. I’m sure this has all been thought out though, so just me wishing to see an old lift brought back to life or get something else in there that works. Yes, 7000ft is a long long lift. Maybe a high speed triple or even double.. ah well.

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      • Donald Reif October 21, 2019 / 1:31 pm

        They’re not very specific as to what sort of lift they’re eying to replace Cyclone. Given the length, 8,000 feet, a high speed quad would be more practical. I don’t know what the cost of HSQs is vs. FGQs or FGT….

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  2. Chip Olson October 18, 2019 / 12:49 pm

    At the Sugarloaf annual meeting they also made mention of a major project they couldn’t talk about yet. I’ve seen it claimed, by a source of unknown authority, that it involves moving the SuperQuad to West Mountain to replace the insanely long fixed-grip double there, and replacing it with a bubble six-pack.
    With regard to Timberline, they also talked about starting it lower so it could be accessed from Bullwinkle’s.

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    • Peter Landsman October 18, 2019 / 6:25 pm

      Bubble lifts for Loon (Kancamagus), Sunday River (Barker) and Sugarloaf (SuperQuad) would make Boyne King of New England!

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  3. Teddy's Lift World October 18, 2019 / 1:24 pm

    I’m actually pretty happy about the D Lift “upgrade”, when I rode it this past ski season, the chairs were in very rough shape. Considering the low traffic that it receives I’m fine with the double conversion.

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    • Lily October 19, 2019 / 10:15 am

      I have a feeling either B or F (or both) will get an upgrade soon, leaving D as solely a race lift and a backup to B and the Flyer. And D needed new chairs for a long time. It has been a safety concern for years now, after a fatality in 2015. I’m glad the chairs are getting replaced now.

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      • Teddy's Lift World October 21, 2019 / 9:51 am

        I agree that F should receive an upgrade, but B is fine the way it is. A fixed grip quad is fine for the terrain it serves. I foresee F getting upgraded to an LPA fixed grip quad.

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  4. Boardski October 18, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    Chairs from the old Pallavacinni lift will likely sell for top dollar since it is such a legendary lift. It seems the most wise replacement for the Hogan would be a carpet of some sort since the lift is so short and not heavily used. I am still hoping they might relocate Lenawee to replace Pallavacinni and install a detachable 6 pack in Lenawee line…

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    • TyG October 19, 2019 / 4:15 pm

      I believe Al said on his blog that it would be a brand new double with safety bars so that they would not increase capacity for that area but I always thought Len’s triple would be a good replacement for Pall w/HSQ for the Len’s line.

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  5. Ryan October 19, 2019 / 10:15 pm

    Exciting news about Arapahoe Basin. And a little sad too.

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  6. Patrick October 20, 2019 / 12:49 am

    This year’s Brian Head trail map looks exactly like last year’s, even down to identifying Navajo as a triple! I assume someone at the resort just made a mistake in file names, and hopefully we’ll get to see the new map soon!

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