News Roundup: Government Relations

  • Bogus Basin shells out $53,000 to settle alleged environmental violations related to the construction of the Morning Star Express and other projects.
  • Former owner Ariel Quiros will plead guilty to orchestrating a fraudulent investment scheme at Jay Peak.
  • The Jay Peak receivership has racked up more than $8 million in attorney and accountant bills so far.
  • Aspen Snowmass hasn’t decided whether the Big Burn six place will get bubbles.
  • A near collision leads to an evacuation of a Leitner-Poma six pack in New Zealand.
  • Skiing in that country proves super popular even without international travel.
  • The State of New York makes huge investments at Whiteface this summer: $2.4 million worth of gondola upgrades, a new quad chair, a new lodge and snowmaking enhancements.
  • Skytrac is the low bidder to replace Howelsen Hill’s Barrows double with a quad next summer.
  • Alterra characterizes season pass sales for next winter as “shockingly strong.”
  • Mt. Norquay will try again for approval to build a gondola linking the ski area to Banff.

9 thoughts on “News Roundup: Government Relations

  1. Nahms July 17, 2020 / 9:33 am

    How does that ‘near collision’ happen? I can’t imagine the chair slid down.


    • Jamie B July 17, 2020 / 3:51 pm

      I really can’t understand that article, and the resort’s response to it:

      In what was a “pretty common” incident for the ski field, twelve people were lowered “about three to four metres” […]

      The chairlift resumed operation after about forty minutes, McKenzie said.

      There were a few reasons why the incident may have occurred, such as ice causing one chair to move slower than the others, or guests pulling on the chair in front of them, he said.

      “We’re not 100 per cent sure why it happened but what’s important now is that it’s all sorted and we’re back up and running.”

      Those grips are supposed to be insanely strong, as are the tyres/chains pushing them in the station. This shouldn’t have been possible with ice or guests pulling the chair. I assume “pretty common incident” is referring to the evacuation, not the chair sliding.

      But given they said they’re not sure what the cause was, running the lift without finding the cause and fixing it is a massive disregard for safety. All they seem to care about is getting the lift going again.

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      • Peter Landsman July 17, 2020 / 8:12 pm

        The article doesn’t say a chair slid back. It could have been a spacing/stalling issue and the the two chairs left the terminal like that. Not enough information in the article to know.


        • Jamie B July 18, 2020 / 10:30 am

          Yes, that’s true, but my point is if they don’t know what caused it they shouldn’t continue to operate the lift until they have found out


      • pbropetech July 20, 2020 / 1:12 pm

        My take- Chairs were spaced as normal at the load board. First chair stalls, lift keeps running. Operators do not notice as both chairs have been loaded and they’re concerned with the next chair and its passengers. Bystander hollers ‘stop’ and liftie complies. What I would wonder in this scenario is whether the zones were bypassed. If so, someone should have been watching.


  2. ne_skier July 17, 2020 / 7:23 pm

    Anyone know what lift Whiteface is replacing?


    • Peter Landsman July 17, 2020 / 8:14 pm

      The Bear Den beginner lift known as Bunny Hutch. ORDA is also replacing Sunway and High Peaks at Gore.


  3. Ryan July 17, 2020 / 11:40 pm

    Regarding the much toned down expansion at Nordic Valley, Us locals are still not very happy but we are grateful it did not end up like what they had proposed with the gondola from North Ogden up over and into Liberty/Eden area. The biggest concern we have now is if the existing infrastructure (roads/parking) can handle any increase in traffic. Nordic Valley is a wonderful hill, but like Powder Mountain, and Snowbasin, before Trappers Loop was built in the late 80s, getting up down to the mountains is very difficult on 2 lane roads. However- I do know this much- The lift crew at Nordic Valley are a great small group of folks as are the mountain ops folks, they have been good stewards of the land and I have no doubt they will run that hill very well just as they have all along.

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