News Roundup: Millions


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  1. mzg February 14, 2020 / 6:34 pm

    Timberline WV is allegedly replaced both of it’s lifts with fixed grip quads. Both lifts are supposedly being torn down currently


  2. Sullivan Q. February 14, 2020 / 7:38 pm

    anyone think Les often will ever get his balsams expansion plan off the ground? I hope he someday does. Not a very bright man to invest so much in this industry but I respect him for trying.


    • Meir K. February 15, 2020 / 11:34 am

      It’s Less Otten, he’ll get it done.
      Other than vertical and location, the Balsams has a lot of potential. It also looks like it’s private land, so development shouldn’t take a lot of time.


  3. Somebody February 14, 2020 / 7:45 pm

    Unless vail resorts or Alterra collapses, the BCC-PC link is never happening. They should be campaigning for the LCC-BCC link, since that could actually happen in the near future.

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    • skitheeast February 14, 2020 / 9:48 pm

      The Grizzly Gulch project at Alta has potential, although it is probably five or so years out. That would go a long way in fostering that connection.


  4. Vintage Chairlifts February 14, 2020 / 7:50 pm

    It’s always a delight to peek at Stevens Pass’ social media feeds and watch the insurgency in the comments against the Vail takeover. Their regulars are not happy.


    • pnwrider February 18, 2020 / 10:28 pm

      What’s happened to Stevens Pass and Whistler Blackcomb ever since the Vail acquisitions a few years back? I’ve been hearing about a lot of unhappiness from locals regarding Vail’s management of both resorts. I haven’t skied at either of those areas since the pre-Vail days so it’s been a few years, but I’ve noticed ever since Vail took over both ski resorts got a lot of new lifts on the other hand.


      • skitheeast February 19, 2020 / 12:03 am

        Vail has had a few major PR disasters at Whistler. They defaulted to Fahrenheit and the imperial measuring system when they first implemented their own software, created a market of price instability as everything is converted from USD (meaning prices fluctuate frequently based on the CAD/USD conversion rate which has recently been more favorable for Americans), and real estate prices have continued to soar leaving many employees being priced out of the market without sufficient resort owned subsidized housing. Even the new flagship lift, the Blackcomb Gondola, has been notorious for its unreliability, with it going down for wind or maintenance more frequently than its predecessors. Whistler is also known for its huge crowds, and the problem has escalated as the Epic Pass has drawn a record number of visitors to the mountain. This becomes especially bad during times when there is low snowfall at Vail’s other destination resorts, which happened a few years ago, causing destination skiers to flock to Whistler, or during years like this one where low snowfall delayed terrain and lift openings, forcing skiers onto fewer acres than normal. The 2018 lift upgrades did help, but they were really only a start. The Whistler Village Gondola, Creekside Gondola, and 7th Heaven are just some of the lifts with frequently long lines. Whistler has always been popular for international visitors, and Vail has continued to push the resort at that market with locals feeling like they are doing so at their expense.

        Stevens has had some bad community feedback, but not nearly the same blowback as Whistler, with the recent lift upgrades drastically improving the flow of the mountain. However, the recent 7th Heaven incident is embarrassing for a company that stresses lift safety (despite the two recent incidents on Skyline at Vail), and the PNW has been an overall mess this season due to the little early snowfall followed by a ton of snow in January. Frankly, Crystal Mountain and Alterra have been hit the hardest by this and taken the largest PR blow, with parking lines stretching for miles and the resort stopping the sale of day tickets as a way to combat large crowds.

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        • pnwrider February 19, 2020 / 9:41 pm

          Ahh, that explains a lot. Thank you.


  5. Donald Reif February 15, 2020 / 1:33 pm

    I wonder how the Skyline Express accident happened. I’m guessing wind blew the chair seat up or something.


    • powderforever45 February 15, 2020 / 2:12 pm

      That’s what I guess. I was riding Pony Express at Steamboat today and one of the chairs was flipped up like what happened in the skyline express so the liftie had to flip it back down.

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      • Chris February 19, 2020 / 10:52 am

        I once rode up a flipped up chair and it wasn’t all that bad. Circumstance might be different depending on the chair type and your size of course.


    • skitheeast February 19, 2020 / 12:09 am

      This was the second incident at Skyline in the past few weeks, with both having the exact same circumstances, although drastically different outcomes. This leads me to believe either the lift itself has a mechanical problem that is not being addressed or the operators are not properly ensuring the safety of guests.

      The only mountain I have visited where the wind has blown the chair seats up on an operating lift has been at Stratton, and the lift operators there make sure the chair seats are righted as they decelerate into the bottom terminal and enter the loading area.


      • Donald Reif February 19, 2020 / 8:21 am

        This doesn’t sound like a mechanical problem.


  6. Northeast Chairlifts February 19, 2020 / 11:45 pm

    I skied Mt Hood yesterday! I rode up the Vista lift too. A lot of ice near the top

    Also I’m not surprised that Greek Peak’s triple broke. That lift has a lot of issues, it jams up frequently (at least every other time I’m there it has an extended emergency stop). I haven’t gotten out there this year yet so it’s cool to see the picture with the new chairs though


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