News Roundup: Interviews

  • The 117 year old Poconos hotel which just announced plans to build a chairlift burned down last Friday.
  • Yellowstone Club adds Silver Tip, its 18th major lift, giving YC the 13th highest lift count in the nation!
  • More awesome podcasts: Jeremy Davis of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, Rob Katz on snowmaking across Vail Resorts, Geoff Hathaway on rebuilding Magic Mountain and the staff of Eldora on what it takes to open weeks ahead of normal.
  • Two new quads and a lift shortening are all now reflected on the Stevens Pass trail map.
  • Vandals slash upholstered seats on an Austrian gondola, cause $28,000 in damage.
  • Okemo receives a 24 month extension to its permit for building a beginner fixed grip quad at Jackson Gore.
  • Loveland gains approval to replace Lift 6 with either a fixed grip triple or detachable quad in 2021.
  • New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu tours the gorgeous new summit lodge and gondola at Bretton Woods.
  • Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory joins Bloomberg TV and Yahoo Finance to chat about opportunities he sees in the ski business.
  • The head of MND Group says financial struggles are history as the company ramps up to deliver $200 million worth of orders for lifts, Gazex and snowmaking.
  • The Forest Service plans to approve two new fixed grip quad lifts at Lee Canyon.
  • Big Sky looks for 30 more chairs for Six Shooter.
  • A Wyoming ranch with snow cat skiing considers adding lift service.
  • Chris Diamond’s new book, Ski Inc. 2020, was released last week and is a must read for those who follow North American skiing.
  • Simon Fraser University includes a 3S gondola as a core component of its new campus master plan.

13 thoughts on “News Roundup: Interviews

  1. Teddy's Lift World November 8, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    Huh, I thought that capacity wasn’t upgradable on Six Shooter. Too bad about that hotel. It’s too bad to see it go. There’s another hotel in the Poconos called Skytop Lodge. They have a detachable pomalift at their ski resort. You should check it out.


  2. Che Guevara November 8, 2019 / 4:57 pm

    I just got Ski Inc. 2020 from amazon. His first book was a great read

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  3. Paul Manafort November 8, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    Chris Sununu is still a scumbag.


    • Donald Reif November 9, 2019 / 3:16 pm

      That has nothing to do with chairlifts.


  4. powderforever45 November 10, 2019 / 6:56 am

    What would be the capacity on the new lift 6 at


  5. Ryan Murphy November 10, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    1800 pph initially, it’s in the document.


    • powderforever45 November 10, 2019 / 4:23 pm

      I think a HSQ would be a good choice for the lift. Not only because of capacity but marketing too.


      • jcpierce05 November 10, 2019 / 9:02 pm

        While I agree with a high speed quad being a good choice for the lift, I don’t think they will install it. It was a big effort to convince people to build a detachable on Chet’s and I assume it would be hard to do as well on 6. I also think they won’t do this because 6 isn’t as much of a work horse lift a Chet’s or 3. In my opinion, the next possibility for a detachable lift is a replacement for 3.


        • Myles Svec November 15, 2020 / 2:43 pm

          I could see a detachable on 2 also since it’s another out of the base lift like Chets Dream


        • pbropetech November 16, 2020 / 8:46 am

          I disagree. 3 is relatively short (of course, so is 1/Chet’s) and only serves a small pod of less-popular runs. My daughter races there occasionally and I have yet to see a line, unless it’s 15 minutes before race start :)


  6. Erik Blazing November 10, 2019 / 10:05 pm

    Does Six Shooter need more chairs? I was there on a powder weekend last year and even then there wasn’t much of a wait.

    I’d love to see bubbles instead. I generally think bubbles are a bit gimmicky, but that’s a long, cold, windy lift where they’d really be useful. Moonlight Basin has fantastic skiing but the odd layout of the lifts mean you end up riding Six Shooter more often than you’d like. I’d rather see an improvement in comfort over capacity.


    • Albert November 11, 2019 / 12:48 am

      “I’d rather see an improvement in comfort over capacity.”

      Skiing should always be comfortable instead of practical or logical


  7. Boardski November 11, 2019 / 7:59 pm

    I would still like to see Loveland replace lift 2 with a detachable extending its original alignment without the mid station. Ptarmagin could be relocated to become the new 6.


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