- Utah’s transportation department will host an open house July 13th to explain as solicit feedback on the gondola and enhanced bus alternatives for Little Cottonwood Canyon.
- Loon and Doppelmayr fly the towers for Kancamagus 8.
- A brown bear did not ride a chairlift at Vail as you may have read on Facebook.
- Welch Village’s new lift will be called the Cannon Valley Quad.
- The first test of UpBus, a passenger-carrying pod which transitions between wheel and cable propulsion, takes place at Doppelmayr headquarters.
- Mt. Southington replaces chairs and towers on the Avalanche double.
- The asking price is reduced for the defunct Plymouth Notch ski area in Vermont.
- Beaver Creek breaks ground in McCoy Park.
- Gondolas arrive at Snow King Mountain.
- Pueblo, Colorado considers building a $20 million sightseeing gondola.
- The investigation into the Mottarone disaster widens to 12 people including Leitner employees and the company itself. Leitner says in a statement that it is cooperating with investigators and that its maintenance operations were done in full compliance with the law and contractual obligations.
Any word on what the manufacturer will be for Avalanche’s new chairs/towers? The logical answer would be Partek given that they previously upgraded the drive and lifting frames, plus they’ve worked with Southington before on the Northstar, Stardust and Thunderbolt lifts but who knows
Interesting that Seeber and Leitner (the person) are under investigation. Are prosecutors thinking their company policies weren’t as airtight as they claim? I doubt it- Leitner has a lot riding on their reputation and cutting corners doesn’t seem like them at all.
Seems like there may have been some excess stresses imparted on the cable car system since the test in 2016. Especially when you see this: “deliberately deactivating the emergency braking system to stop it after it –>repeatedly<– kicked in following a series of technical problems"
What was the nature of those "technical problems"? Was a root cause found and fixed?