News Roundup: Hello 2021

18 thoughts on “News Roundup: Hello 2021

  1. Utah Powder Skier January 1, 2021 / 8:20 pm

    Does Superior Tramway still make complete lifts, or do they just do parts for Riblets?


    • Myles Svec January 1, 2021 / 10:14 pm

      I think they just make lift parts now


  2. Donald Reif January 1, 2021 / 9:24 pm

    ‘Coonskin’ was a far more problematic name than any of the other lifts that got renamed this year.

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    • Myles Svec January 1, 2021 / 10:13 pm

      I can agree with you on that. Eskimo Express wasn’t that problematic.


      • Donald Reif January 1, 2021 / 11:11 pm

        The bigger problem that the Eskimo Express renaming isn’t that they did it, but that they rushed the renaming process and ended up giving it a name that doesn’t really fit it, because it’s primarily an experts’ lift, yet the “Explorer” name is more likely to make people associate it with the beginner park in that part of Winter Park.

        Admittedly, Wheelchair was also a pretty poor choice of name to begin with. I think anyone who’s had broken limbs in a skiing accident will agree.


  3. fritzski January 2, 2021 / 9:28 am

    Coonskin was not problematic at all. It referred to a fur pelt. Sheesh! Is there any backstory on this headline? Why, and to what was it renamed? Nothing found in an internet search.

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    • Myles Svec January 2, 2021 / 10:14 am

      It was renamed to Lift 7 and “Coonskin” could be a potentially racist term towards black people so that’s why they renamed it.

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    • Teddy's Lift World January 2, 2021 / 11:46 am

      Exactly. Coonskin refers to raccoon, not the racist name.

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      • fritzski January 2, 2021 / 12:15 pm

        So I guess we need to change the racoon’s name to something more PC too.

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      • Myles Svec January 2, 2021 / 12:41 pm

        I agree with you but Telluride probably changed the name for the reason I stated above. In my opinion it should of stayed the same.

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    • Randy January 2, 2021 / 5:30 pm

      Urban Dictionary says Coonskin is a demeaning term for the color of African Americans and also is slang for Red neck.


      • ah January 4, 2021 / 3:29 pm

        Merriam-Webster, which is an actual dictionary, makes no mention of that definition.
        Urban Dictionary has a ton of off-color expressions with many definitions that aren’t remotely in line with their common usage. (And if UD is the basis for lift names, probably better take Plunge out of the lift names too)

        Anyway, that a derogatory term happens to derive from a root word does not make all other derivations from that same root also derogatory.

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    • Mr Incredible January 4, 2021 / 6:08 pm

      I’ll bet this was an easy decision for telluride. Any smart business wants to stay away from culture politics and be as inclusive as possible. There’s zero upside to having any part of their business associated with a potentially inflammatory word or term. While coonskin isn’t a derogatory term, coon is. If I’m the CEO of a business with flat growth and declining demographics in my core customer base (e.g., rich white people) then I sure as heck don’t want to piss off any potential new customer demographic. Maybe the National Brotherhood of Skiers will reward Telluride with their annual ski convention

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  4. Charlie January 2, 2021 / 10:44 am

    Do you happen to know what two lifts at Welch are getting chair replacements? They have two center pole quad Riblets so it’s probably those two.


    • Myles Svec January 2, 2021 / 6:59 pm

      Yes in the article it says it’s those two lifts


    • Rj January 2, 2021 / 9:25 pm

      There was a tbar where the center quad (west) is, pre ’90ish….they were used lifts then

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  5. julestheshiba January 3, 2021 / 10:12 pm

    I wonder if the summit double could be bought for the towers drive and return because weren’t all ctec lifts designed to operate as a double or triple. As in the line gauge is the same?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Carson January 4, 2021 / 6:17 pm

      Yes the theoretically could do that, I hope it sells

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