News Roundup: Skytrac Upgrades

  • New Zealand and Victoria, Australia resorts reopen after extended Covid closures (New South Wales remains locked down.)
  • Mt. Spokane will replace the drive terminal of Chair 2 with a new one from Skytrac.
  • Skytrac is completing similar mods to Tumbelina at Monarch Mountain.
  • The fate of the Pandora’s expansion on Aspen Mountain will be decided October 13th.
  • Sierra at Tahoe still doesn’t know the full extent of lift damage from the Caldor Fire but remains optimistic.
  • Users get stuck on one of Mexico City’s new gondola lines following an earthquake.
  • The Holding family agrees to sell most of Sinclair Oil Corporation’s assets, though Sun Valley and Snowbasin aren’t included.
  • The Forest Service issues a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Lutsen Mountains’ proposed expansion with public comments being solicited through October 25th. A new alternative would see the addition of five new chairlifts on Moose and Eagle Mountains rather than the initially planned seven.
  • The only lift in Oklahoma won’t open for the second year in a row and is in danger of removal.
  • Schweitzer adds 14 chairs to Stella.
  • A quick update from Snow King Mountain:

12 thoughts on “News Roundup: Skytrac Upgrades

  1. pnwrider September 10, 2021 / 6:34 pm

    I don’t know why, but I always find it funny whenever Schweitzer casually flexes that they’re the largest ski resort in Washington and Idaho, despite the fact that they are located entirely within the state of Idaho. It’s not like say, Heavenly Ski Resort or Lookout Pass having state lines running through them, Schweitzer is squarely within Idaho and will not ever touch Washington geographically!

    I understand Schweitzer appeals to a lot of Washington skiers, being somewhat close to Spokane, and now being on the Ikon Pass which will bring a lot of Crystal Mountain skiing Seattleites, but still the claim seems rather odd to me.


  2. Phoenix September 10, 2021 / 8:15 pm

    It sure would be nice if Big Sky would follow Schweitzer’s lead and add more chairs to Six Shooter. As the only way out of Moonlight Basin Six Shooter really backs up. As a six pack with only 1800 pph capacity they could in theory put twice as many chairs on there and Stella’s additional chairs are proof that early 2000’s Dopplemayr/CTEC 6 pack chairs are available.


    • Anthony September 10, 2021 / 9:31 pm

      Yeah, I’m really curious where they’re getting the chairs. I guess in theory they could be replacing all of the chairs like they did on the Great Escape Quad a few years ago but that would seem really silly.


      • Cameron Halmrast September 10, 2021 / 9:36 pm

        The carriers are Girak and are probably being shipped over from Europe.


        • vons3 September 11, 2021 / 1:42 pm

          The Garaventa CTEC chairs sold in the US were from SLC only the grips came across the pond. They look similar but the G/CTEC chair was designed in SLC and fabricated there.


        • Anthony September 11, 2021 / 2:37 pm

          That would make sense. Wasn’t sure what aftermarket availability looked like.


      • Collin Parsons September 11, 2021 / 7:58 am

        Doppelmayr can make more of that chair design. Six Shooter has a theoretical capacity of 2400, but only has enough chairs for 1800 currently.


  3. Vintage Chairlifts September 11, 2021 / 1:16 pm

    Looks like Chair 2 at Mt. Spokane is going to be a phased replacement. I assume it will be upgraded to a quad when the time comes.

    I also assume that Chair 1 will probably need a full replacement because its towers are too skinny.


    • Colton September 13, 2021 / 9:38 am

      I do believe the plan is to keep it a double for now and eventually replace the rest of the lift with triple chairs. Mt. Spokane seems pretty set on going with triples for both chair 1 and 2 for the time being.


  4. skitheeast September 13, 2021 / 9:55 am

    Timberline also published a new trail map for this upcoming ski season with Summit and new connector trails present, signifying an integration of the two resorts ahead.


    • skitheeast September 13, 2021 / 9:57 am

      *Edit: …ahead of the potential gondola connection.

      Must have pressed the post button too quickly.


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