News Roundup: Spread Out

  • Snowy Range proposes upgrading the Chute double chair to a triple.
  • Construction ramps up on the first next generation Leitner 2S gondola, a $49 million project.
  • The Storm Skiing Podcast catches up with Doppelmayr USA President Katharina Schmitz, whose team is working hard to deliver remaining 2020 projects on time.
  • Similar to last week’s case against Vail, an Ikon Pass holder files a class action suit against Alterra over early resort closures.
  • Prairie Sky Gondola selects Doppelmayr to assist with the next phase of its design.
  • Arapahoe Basin’s Al Henceroth gives four reasons he’s pressing ahead with two lift replacements this summer.
  • Mt. Baldy in Southern California becomes the first North American resort to reopen for skiing and riding with social distancing measures in place.
  • The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram will not operate this summer due to scheduled maintenance.
  • Following cities in France and Germany, the Czech Republic capital will build a 3S gondola for urban transport.
  • Comcast’s Universal Parks division files a patent for a multi-stop gondola system with cars that can self propel when detached from haul ropes.
  • According to a new report, the United States leads the world in annual skier visits but has only six of the world’s 50 busiest mountains (with the second most lifts of any country.)

9 thoughts on “News Roundup: Spread Out

  1. Mike Turley April 24, 2020 / 9:33 am

    If the maintenance on the tram is scheduled then why announce it won’t open for the summer ?
    Maybe they’re injecting Lysol into the trac ropes ?


  2. Chris April 24, 2020 / 9:58 am

    I find some of the views in the world ski report a little strange, for example that they don’t consider Germany an alpine country despite having some pretty nice ski areas in the small but significant part of the alps that are in Germany, including at least three that cross over to Germany (I wonder how they account cross-border ski areas to countries, btw).

    Also that they claim Germany has a lot of large resorts, but one the same page say it has the 11th most large resorts in the world. I think they are pretty set in their mindset that German people go skiing elsewhere. I’d hate to tell them that I went from Austria to Germany for skiing on a few occasions (although never far from the border obviously).

    Also their definition of more than 4 lifts for a large area is interesting – here in Tyrol we have lots of places with 4 lifts that still get stat subsidies for “small ski areas” if the persons per hour transported aren’t too high.

    Their definition of Timberline as all year open also is strange – last time I checked it was closed for almost 2 month a year, just strategically scheduled to say they can offer skiing 12 month a year.


  3. Carson April 24, 2020 / 10:25 am

    With chute double possibly being replaced would you think that they would reuse the lift some were else?


    • Peter Landsman April 24, 2020 / 2:04 pm

      The lift is being modified rather than entirely replaced. Quite a few Riblet lifts have been up-gauged over the years.


      • Carson April 24, 2020 / 6:49 pm

        awesome always happy to see a lift modified than scrapped

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  4. Tyler April 24, 2020 / 4:01 pm

    What is the scheduled maintenance on the Jackson Hole tram?


      • Mike Turley April 25, 2020 / 11:44 am

        The bollards have needed “scheduled maintenance” since the forms came off in 2008 ?


  5. pnwrider April 28, 2020 / 12:24 am

    Is anyone else confused on how the first ski resort to reopen is one in Southern California, as opposed to a ski resort in a state that is less strict and pessimistic on the lockdown?


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