News Roundup: That Was Fast

  • After just three weeks being open, the Disney Skyliner flies its one millionth guest.
  • The new Park City trail map shows exactly where Over and Out goes.
  • Poma inaugurates a lift full of superlatives in South Korea: the longest span between towers (4,000 feet) and tallest concrete tower (492 feet) for a monocable gondola.
  • The Boston Seaport Gondola project is officially dead.
  • Timberline Four Seasons Resort is scheduled to be auctioned November 19th.
  • Aspen Skiing Company will try again for approval of the Ajax Pandora expansion.
  • With an expansion coming, a dispute arises between Idaho and Montana over how much of Lookout Pass Ski Area each can lay claim to.
  • The Forest Service approves Timberline Lodge’s request to replace Pucci with a high speed quad.
  • In what could be a preview of an eventual lift sale, Alterra, Vail Resorts and Seven Springs all bid to buy the Hermitage Club’s snowmaking guns (Vail won.)
  • The latest Pomalink newsletter previews Téléo, the first 3S urban gondola in France.
  • Tampa Bay will study gondola transportation.
  • Park City elected leaders discuss the same topic.
  • Grafton SkyTour is now open.
  • Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers visits Granite Peak to see how lifts are inspected and learn about a proposed expansion.
  • The Sea to Sky Gondola replacement haul rope is spliced.
  • A guy BASE jumps off a tram tower in Germany.
  • The urban gondola promoter in Edmonton unveils its first proposed station location.
  • The new Gould Academy T-Bar at Sunday River will be open to the public whenever four or more major chairlifts go on hold.
  • The name of Manning Park Resort’s new Doppelmayr quad is Bear.
  • Steamboat’s new gondola completes acceptance tests.
  • The Swiss gondola which lost a cabin on October 20th reopens.
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10 thoughts on “News Roundup: That Was Fast

  1. Mike November 1, 2019 / 3:43 pm

    If that new PC trail map is accurate, I did not realize that the Over and Out lift starting point in Canyons Village was at the top of the existing Sunrise lift rather than the bottom in the Village. Really scratching my head at the logic behind requiring people to ride 2 lifts…just to get to the 3rd lift that will actually take them to the snow. Anyone with local knowledge have insight as to what may have forced their hand on such a decision?

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    • Collin Parsons November 1, 2019 / 4:20 pm

      Over and Out is a one way lift from the bottom of Tombstone to the top of Sunrise. The point of it is to shorten lines at Tombstone which was the only way back from the far side of the resort.

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      • Donald Reif November 1, 2019 / 6:18 pm

        Something that will be very handy at the end of the day. And even mid-days, since those returning to base won’t be the only ones using it. It’ll also provide a direct route over to Orange Bubble.

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      • Mike B November 4, 2019 / 10:37 am

        OK that makes more sense. I guess I don’t understand why it wouldn’t be equally valuable to try and take the load off the gondola and bubble chair in the morning. I’d think they’d take any chance they can get to enable smoother transfer of skiers North-South no matter the time of day.

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        • Donald Reif November 4, 2019 / 11:21 am

          South to north is what they’re working on now. Going the other direction, north to south, improvements like upgrading Dreamscape and/or Dreamcatcher to high speed quads won’t be happening for a while.

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        • themav November 4, 2019 / 7:55 pm

          The real bottleneck has always been Tombstone, at almost any time of day, but especially after 3:30/4PM.

          The gondola can get backed up in the mornings as everyone tries to get up the mountain, I usually just walk over to OBX which almost always has fewer people.

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    • Donald Reif November 1, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      The lift doesn’t start in Canyons Village. It ENDS at the top of Sunrise, and starts at the bottom of Tombstone. Its role is to make it so that there’s an alternate way across the mountain if Tombstone goes down for any reason, as well as a more direct route for those who want to get from the Park City side to Orange Bubble, Murdock Peak and Super Condor without going through Red Pine Lodge. And at the end of the day, it also provides a faster way back to the base area for people out in the Dreamcatcher, 9990, Peak 5 and Iron Mountain areas, eliminating the need to ride up Tombstone, ski down to Red Pine Lodge, then either ride down the Red Pine Gondola or take Short Cut up and ski down Doc’s Run.

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  2. themav November 1, 2019 / 7:34 pm

    Thew new PCMR trail map also shows the loss of ski terrain over in Scott’s Bowl, which is too bad.

    (Also, is it just my monitor, or do the colors on the green runs look weird to anyone else?)

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    • Ryan Murphy November 1, 2019 / 10:25 pm

      No, it’s a different color gradient than usually used on American ski maps.

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  3. ryan November 2, 2019 / 3:09 am

    I am excited and pleased that Steamboat and Doppie got the Gondola running and inspected just as quickly as I thought they would. Well done!!!!

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