News Roundup: Tough Choices

  • The Italian parent of Leitner and Poma reports record revenue of €1.06 billion, having completed 78 ropeway projects in 2019, though the company expects sales to fall 30 percent in 2020.
  • Public comments are now being solicited regarding Steamboat’s proposed Wild Blue Gondola, Sundown Express replacement and Priest Creek removal projects.
  • Vail Resorts suspends operations at two Australian resorts just three days into the season due to the evolving Coronavirus situation.
  • Even though American Dream and Big Snow in New Jersey are closed, a second American Dream location remains in development in Miami.
  • Vail Resorts-owned and sister websites will shut down Monday due to the challenging financial landscape. A Vail-owned TV station is also closing.
  • Bloomberg speaks with the CEOs of both Alterra and Vail about next winter.
  • Today is the last day to comment on Little Cottonwood Canyon transportation alternatives, including a 3S gondola.
  • Walt Disney World won’t allow unrelated parties to ride together in gondola cabins when the Skyliner reopens.
  • Doppelmayr USA, Leitner-Poma of America, MND America, Skytrac and SkyTrans all received Paycheck Protection Program loans supporting more than 400 American jobs.
  • A key link located on a receding glacier, the Horstman T-Bar at Whistler Blackcomb is no more.
  • Design work continues for Aspen Mountain’s Lift One Telemix and related developments.

11 thoughts on “News Roundup: Tough Choices

  1. cfglick July 10, 2020 / 10:22 am

    Horstman was the first first and so far only T-Bar I’ve ever used.


  2. Oops COVID broke skiing July 10, 2020 / 10:35 am

    The glacier has been receding for years that it got too steep to safely operate. They’d spend half the season flattening it with cats, so it doesn’t make much sense from a financial standpoint to keep.

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  3. jayman777 July 10, 2020 / 12:40 pm

    Is there any site comparable to onthesnow that combines information about ski resorts with up to date conditions?

    Liked by 1 person

    • skitheeast July 10, 2020 / 1:30 pm

      I use for conditions, especially when I go outside of the country. I have found their snow and weather forecasts to be better than onthesnow, although they lack information about ski resorts. has pretty good information about resorts. Regardless, onthesnow will definitely be missed.

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    • Brendan July 11, 2020 / 10:01 am is beginning to add these features in. As well as is a good option for information.


  4. Meir K. July 10, 2020 / 6:21 pm

    looking at the video (great find, by the way), I noticed that terminal cover, it looks like a Uni-GS, I’ve encountered them before. Why does Doppelmayr of France offer this wooden finished Uni-GS? Since when, and is it common?


    • Mr Incredible July 11, 2020 / 1:59 pm

      Nearly every Poma installation in France does the same thing. It must be a regulatory requirement


      • Meir K. July 11, 2020 / 5:47 pm

        No… A quick scroll through RM will show that not all covers are this way… Must be French fashion then? Wood makes it seem… more expensive?


  5. pnwrider July 17, 2020 / 2:25 am

    Really bummed about the Horstman T-Bar. I enjoyed how steep it was, definitely an adrenaline rush riding it up! Plus the glacier was a fun powder arena on the right day, and it made a great connection to 7th Heaven.

    Hopefully they can figure out an adequate replacement sometime in the near future.


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