News Roundup: Preparing


15 thoughts on “News Roundup: Preparing

  1. Daniel E Bund July 3, 2020 / 11:04 am

    I’m curious why they are reversing the rotation on the Basin lift. I’ve never heard of a ski area doing this before. What do we think the reason behind this is?

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    • Vintage Chairlifts July 4, 2020 / 12:38 pm

      I believe it’s to make loading and unloading easier. The current unloading ramp is basically right on the bullwheel, which makes getting off the lift a little sketch. Especially for new skiers/snowboarders.

      I think this is also part of the reason that the lift is so slow.


      • pbropetech July 5, 2020 / 12:40 pm

        I’ve not ridden this before, but looking at the photo of the unload ramp it’s no different from any other lift I’ve worked on. Changing the rotation won’t affect that.


    • Tyler July 5, 2020 / 7:39 pm

      Wouldn’t that also require switching sheave trains to the heavy side on every tower? Seems like a ton of effort for what looks like a very conventional profile and no change to the rider experience. Either way, why would they need to move or add a tower? Something to do with adding a midstation?


  2. Will July 3, 2020 / 12:55 pm

    That tram in Utah looks extremely sketchy.


  3. Will July 3, 2020 / 12:57 pm

    “Its 3-mile route climbed about 4,700 feet up ridiculously steep slopes and across deep canyons, taking an unprecedented 30-degree turn from the sixth tower to the top,” Thomsen wrote. “The 5,000-foot stretch between towers 4 and 5 over Big Canyon constituted the longest unsupported span in the world, besting the Glen Canyon Bridge by 1,000 feet. … Many passengers found the 45-minute gondola trip to the summit at least a little unnerving.

    On Nov. 19, 1962, a nightmare scenario happened on the tram. Gray Meyer and Alan Larsen, a pair of federal aviation workers, were riding in the gondola when the cable broke and the tram car plummeted as much as 100 feet before it stopped 30 to 50 feet from the ground, according to a report in the Deseret News the following day.”



  4. ne_skier July 3, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    I can’t be the only one who cringes at replacing a Riblet vault drive with a SkyTrak one


    • Andy July 3, 2020 / 5:31 pm

      The replacement drive on Chute at Snowy Range is an overhead motor room not a vault drive like the original. Says so right on Snowy Range’s Facebook page.


      • ne_skier July 14, 2020 / 4:12 pm

        I know, wording came out a little weird there.


    • Ryan July 4, 2020 / 9:27 pm

      Why does it need to be replaced?


      • vons3 July 5, 2020 / 11:55 am

        Part of a phased replacement, I think the plan is the lift will eventually become a triple.


  5. Meir K. July 3, 2020 / 4:50 pm

    Interesting how said LCC gondola advocacy group lists Liftblog under “in the news”… So this is a newspaper now?

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  6. Ryan July 4, 2020 / 9:28 pm

    What is wrong with the Gondola at Mont-Sainte-Anne?


    • Ryan July 4, 2020 / 9:30 pm

      I am unable to read the article because of the language and I use ad blockers (don’t worry I don’t block this site)


    • Michael July 5, 2020 / 6:51 am

      They had an incident in February where the lift came to a sudden stop and passengers were injured. It happened again in March. Apparently the cause of the incidences has not been fully determined.


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