News Roundup: Valleys


14 thoughts on “News Roundup: Valleys

  1. ne_skier August 6, 2021 / 9:15 am

    Hickory actually reopened from its 2005 closure and operated until 2016-17 when it closed again. It looks like a cool place, small but still some fun terrain, serviced by 2 detachable Pomalifts and a Hall T-Bar. If I lived closer I’d check it out sometime


  2. skitheeast August 6, 2021 / 1:32 pm

    Deer Valley leaving room for a gondola is an encouraging sign that the project will one day happen. To be honest, I would say it is a toss-up and entirely dependent on local support (which can go any direction in mountain towns). I do believe the funding will be there if needed, as the Olympics (which look likely for either 2030 or 2034) would bring all of the necessary cash.

    I like that Alterra seems to have a little bit of Intrawest in them with all of this real estate development. Deer Valley, Mammoth, Squaw, Tremblant, and Steamboat have all announced projects, and I know Stratton and Winter Park have had at least some preliminary discussions for down the road as well. While it is not good to be entirely reliant on real estate as Intrawest was, ignoring it altogether is foolish given the tremendous value of their land.

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  3. Wiggles August 6, 2021 / 4:41 pm

    Any ideas what’s going on with Arizona Snowbowls shiny new Chondola? It’s been down for maintenance for over a week. Seems surprising for such a new lift.


    • Edwin Zaharatos August 11, 2021 / 12:50 pm

      There is certain maintenance that has to be done when a Lachine reaches specified hours.


      • Wiggles August 11, 2021 / 8:24 pm

        It is definitely not scheduled maintenance. The lift is brand new, less than a year old. It has been down unexpectedly for going on 3 weeks during the height of their summer season. They just started running scenic lift rides on the Grand Canyon Express. Doesn’t look like they will have it running anytime soon.


  4. kadenisthegamer August 7, 2021 / 4:22 pm

    Do you know what’s going on at Snowshoe. Grabhammer’s drive terminal cover is gone. Do you think they’re replacing the terminal cover?


    • Ryan August 7, 2021 / 9:32 pm

      Maybe.. could be replacing the drive terminal, or maybe the drive, or motor, or other things.. But I doubt the lift is going anywhere.. Call em up and ask, or send them a message on their FB page.


  5. Zzzz August 8, 2021 / 1:03 pm

    Getting sorta tired of having to require Indian people’s input on anything remotely involving them. Such a tiny, insignificant group always has to have a major influence over stuff that doesn’t involve them.


    • pbropetech August 9, 2021 / 8:53 am

      I don’t even know where to start with this comment.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Sjjshshdhd August 10, 2021 / 7:18 am

        I’m apart of a group that finds the new name Squaw Valley is coming up with, offensive.

        As such because my feelings are hurt, I expect them to change it. Until then I will consider them to be racists for not considering all people’s views.

        See how easy this is?


  6. pnwrider August 8, 2021 / 4:02 pm

    Ah yes, Australia closing down ski resorts, a sport where people wear face masks already to prevent sunburn and wind burn, a sport where people intentionally try to stay as far apart from each other to not crash into each other, a sport where the air is usually so cold, airborne viruses can’t survive as long, and a sport with an abundance of natural wind, which will carry away covid-filled coughs of the one skier out of thousands who might have the virus. A sport where even in the lift queues, most people are sufficiently spread apart due to the length of their skis and snowboards. Time to force people from enjoying themselves safely back into congregating indoors to “protect” them!

    Australian government has no logic whatsoever.

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    • Edwin Zaharatos August 11, 2021 / 12:48 pm

      Not to mention putting people out of work!


  7. Muni August 12, 2021 / 9:22 am

    Replacing Silver Lake (and possibly carpenter) with a 10-person gondola seems so painfully obvious. Silver Lake is a pure access lift, dropping you off in a place with virtually no ski runs and lots of chairlifts. And two side-by-side quads out of base just feels kinda second rate for a resort where the entire brand is luxury. Who’s actually gonna lap those lower mountain runs? They seem to mostly exist for the end-of-day ski back and condo access. A gondola with a mid-station would also render Homestake Express somewhat redundant (the mid-station could have two-way unload).


    • skitheeast October 5, 2021 / 12:34 pm

      There are plans to replace Silver Lake with a gondola, although likely with smaller passenger cabins. Large, 10-person cabins are simply not Deer Valley’s style. There is an idea about having it be somewhat connected to the potential gondola down to Main Street, my guess is as a two-stage gondola where both segments can operate independently, but that is obviously contingent on the city’s final thoughts on gondolas as public transit. Whether or not that part comes into fruition, I fully expect the replacement project to occur when the bottom terminal would otherwise relocate downhill (as I am hoping Alterra is learning something from the Steamboat gondola debacle).

      Separately, I expect Snowflake to become a detachable lift when it would otherwise be relocated downhill. The plans show the relocated Snowflake lift as detachable, and having all lifts be detachable is something Deer Valley is heading towards.


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