News Roundup: Ripple Effect

  • Saddleback demolishes the Rangeley double to make room for its upcoming high speed quad.
  • Debt-laden Ski Granby Ranch lays off all its employees and won’t issue refunds to guests with canceled vacations.
  • The $2.2 trillion phase three stimulus package passed by Congress doesn’t include assistance specifically for ski areas but there is hope phase four might.
  • Vail Resorts borrows more than $500 million from existing lines of credit in order to increase its cash position and maintain financial flexibility during the outbreak.
  • While many Leitner-Poma staffers work from home, a skeleton crew continues production.
  • Even in hard-hit Italy, one major lift customer plans to commence construction as soon as the immediate health danger has passed.
  • Many Doppelmayr employees are also working from home and production continues in Wolfurt.
  • Aspen Snowmass intends to complete all capital projects as planned this summer including the $10.8 million Big Burn chairlift.
  • Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz personally donates $2.5 million to mountain community charities and an employee assistance fund.
  • Yet another lift project cancelled by Vail Resorts: replacement of Peachtree at Crested Butte this summer.
  • NSAA estimates costs from early closings and lost pass sales will exceed $2 billion in the United States and forecasts capital spending will plunge 50 percent this year.
  • Magic Mountain’s Geoff Hatheway offers a small ski area perspective on COVID-19.
  • Coronavirus may impact the review timeline for Snow King Mountain’s proposed expansion and other projects on Forest Service lands.
  • Katharina Schmitz officially takes the reigns of Doppelmayr USA from Mark Bee, who retired on March 31st.
  • Boyne Resorts estimates $22 million in lost revenue as a result of this winter’s abrupt end.
  • The Vietnamese developer behind both the world’s longest and tallest 3S gondolas plans another island-hopping 3S in the country’s north.

15 thoughts on “News Roundup: Ripple Effect

  1. Mason Schade April 3, 2020 / 9:21 am

    So are the chairs from the Rangeley double up for sale or is the lift just going to the scrap yard, chairs and all?


    • Peter Landsman April 3, 2020 / 9:25 am

      The Rangeley Alpine Ski Club will be auctioning off the chairs as a fundraiser.


      • skier72 April 3, 2020 / 10:55 am

        Will the Doppelmayr CTEC drive and return terminals be sold or scrapped?


      • Mason Schade April 3, 2020 / 2:29 pm

        Is there a website or phone number to call for info on price and when to pick them up? I already have a Black chair from Magic and would like another piece of history.


    • Jamie B April 5, 2020 / 1:28 pm

      Broken into 4 roughly equal sections, that’s about 5250 metres (3.25 miles) each – still incredibly long

      At the current maximum possible speed of 8.5 m/s, it would take 41 minutes end to end, plus the extra time passing through three intermediate stations

      That’s mad

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  2. julestheshiba April 3, 2020 / 11:29 am

    Wait big burn is being replaced, one more landmark of lift technology gone for the ages.


    • pbropetech April 5, 2020 / 12:17 pm

      Yes, and one more aging, maintenance-intensive machine too. Although I wouldn’t call it a landmark as there was nothing innovative about it. (Don’t worry, I said the same thing about the old Flyer but I was still bummed to tear it out- got kind of attached to it after sixteen years).

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  3. Jonathan April 3, 2020 / 11:34 am

    Since when was Peachtree going to be replaced? Did I miss an announcement?


    • vons3 April 3, 2020 / 12:56 pm

      It was never announced, the lift was to be a Skytrac triple when I last checked with engineering.


  4. Thomas Jett April 3, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    I’m starting to think that the Snow King expansion has become the Myth of Sisyphus.

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