- The Forest Services releases its Environmental Assessment for a modified Purgatory Ice Creek expansion and seeks public comments.
- Bluewood closes for a weekend due to drive line issues with the Skyline Express triple (now back open).
- For the first time in 15 years, The Summit at Snoqualmie sends a cat to the top of Alpental to clear snow from the Edelweiss lift line and top terminal.
- A Canadian resort trains a very good dog to catch and hold Ts for skiers.
- One of only two chairlift operations in Kentucky goes up for sale (asking price $750,000).
- Aspen Snowmass visitation falls significantly.
- Another chairlift fall video, this time from China.
- Also in China, Poma nears completion of a world first: three interconnected 3S gondolas.
- There was a serious grip slip incident at Snowstar, Illinois a few weeks ago.
- A company called Towpro tries breaking into the surface lift business with a low cost rope tow.
- Ski Area Management and Leitner-Poma launch a contest to recognize top lift maintenance teams.
- Arapahoe Basin will continue limiting both season pass and day ticket sales next season.
- No reservations will be required for passholders across Vail Resorts next season.
- After a few weeks idled, Big Sky announces Dakota will remain closed for the remainder of the 20-21 season due to “mechanical challenges.”
- Warner Brothers abandons plans to build a Hollywood gondola, opting to focus on its core business.
- A wild Red Bull video features an athlete sliding down a six pack’s haul rope under a parachute.
- A maintenance worker is injured when the chair he was riding falls from a Bartholet lift in Luxembourg.
Some interesting notes from the Ice Creek Environmental Assessment, they are aiming for construction in 2022 and the lift will be a fixed grip triple (not a detachable quad).
Really hoping MCP pours some money into Purgatory like they have at Arizona Snowbowl. Ice Creek has been downgraded from a detachable quad to fixed triple. I would really like to see Twilight replaced with a new lift, ideally a gondola or combination lift, to access this terrain. Also hoping they didn’t abandon the Gelande Lift proposal.
From Purgatory website. “If approved by the Forest Service, the Gelande Lift would be installed during the summer of 2018”. Did it not get the ok from the forest service?
Would of never have guessed that the ski area that I learned to ski at (Snowstar) would be on this site other then the yet to be page of lifts. Seems like there was quite a bit of snow that day. Their lifts if I remember right were decently old back then let alone now. Good to see that everyone was in good spirits, guess the slip wasn’t as bad as it could have been. They have decently steep slopes for a Midwest hill. Tubing hill is still my favorite of the ones I’ve been to, and that includes here in Colorado.