News Roundup: Bailout

  • The Forest Service approves issuance of a special use permit for Mountain Capital Partners to operate Elk Ridge.
  • Another new ski resort opens in North Korea with more lifts that look like knockoffs of a certain European manufacturer.
  • Arctaris plans to close on Saddleback December 23rd, but a last minute call for donations raises some questions.  A detachable quad is no longer planned but rather fixed grip lift replacements.
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort, the only hotel with its own dedicated Disney Skyliner station, opens Monday.
  • Facing repeated annual losses and falling skier visits, Spirit Mountain gets a bailout from the City of Duluth.
  • Sasquatch Mountain names its new Leitner-Poma quad Yeti Cruiser.
  • The nonprofit which operates Sky Tavern receives a new lease despite objections from nearby Mt. Rose.
  • New Sea to Sky Gondola cabins arrive in Squamish.
  • The Forest Service begins review of Lutsen Mountains’ possible expansion onto public land.
  • Crystal Mountain, BC may not reopen this season as hoped.
  • Utah’s 15th ski area launches tomorrow.

12 thoughts on “News Roundup: Bailout

  1. Chris December 13, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    North Korea used to buy a lot of used Doppelmayr lifts through shady brokers for their previous area. Are you sure they didn’t do the same again? It was big news here in Austria when a used gondola that previous ran in Ischgl showed up there a few years ago.

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  2. reaperskier December 13, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    Oh great! Now there are more doppelmayr knockoffs

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  3. Will December 13, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    Yeti Cruiser, what a fun name!


  4. bobby smith December 14, 2019 / 6:46 am

    Another major ski day at Mt Snow (Foudners Day with $29 tix) and another major lift break down. This time Beartrap.


  5. Somebody December 14, 2019 / 1:30 pm

    I knew that a Saddleback HSQ was too good to be true.


  6. Tommy Boy December 14, 2019 / 4:54 pm

    You have to wonder about the long term viability of Saddleback if the prospective buyer is soliciting donations prior to closing on the property. Seems interesting that a for profit entity advertising above-market returns for investors needs to resort to this to raise capital.


  7. gavin December 14, 2019 / 9:53 pm

    While I agree with the Lutsen expansion so they can survive in this industry, I still think they should focus on improving their old lifts like Bridge, Ullr, and Mystery. These would improve flow and attract people for less dollars than a major terrain expansion. 2 fixed grip quads for Bridge and Ullr would really improve their aging infrastructure.


  8. skier72 December 15, 2019 / 9:46 pm

    Does Elk Ridge have a detachable poma? There aren’t many photos on Google of the lift.


  9. Nick December 17, 2019 / 8:51 am

    Thanks for including MN ski news (two items even – though of course the Spirit Mountain situation isn’t ideal.) I’ve been watching for Lutsen expansion updates, and hadn’t seen this link yet. One more reason I check this website maybe more than the actual news…

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