News Roundup: Government Proceedings


11 thoughts on “News Roundup: Government Proceedings

  1. Travel Griz September 17, 2021 / 11:20 am

    Good to hear about Winter Park. The Pioneer lift will be replaced by 6 pack with a mid-station at tower 7. Capacity will go from 1,900 pph to 2,800 pph. This is a welcome replacement as the run-out to the lift is extremely flat. This should increase the number of people using the terrain as it is usually underutilized because of the run-out and the old lift has had some issues in the past.

    Also included in the approval was additional parking on Mary Jane side, regrading of several trials, some snow making replacements, renovation of Sunspot, and upgrading Lariat from a rope tow to a conveyor lift. The high voltage replacement lines were not approved, I have no clue if that would affect any of Winter Park’s plans.


    • axewolfe17 September 17, 2021 / 12:12 pm

      I really hope they don’t add a mid-station as you would have to load every other chair. What would be nice if instead of having the bottom being in the same place they can move it to the top of the hill where tower 2 currently is.


      • Travel Griz September 17, 2021 / 1:42 pm

        I would imagine they would have to the do loading every other chair or some other frequency.

        In the approval it says Pioneer will be in the same alignment so I don’t think the bottom station would move. In older master plans (1981) there were additional lifts outlined to serve new terrain at the bottom of the Pioneer lift. The most recent master plan (2016) which is also probably dated has the mid-station listed but no other new lifts near the bottom of Pioneer. If there are no future lifts planned near the bottom of Pioneer they should definitely move the bottom up to tower 2 as that terrain literally does nothing.


        • Donald Reif September 18, 2021 / 10:43 pm

          I keep thinking the midstation isn’t going to make the cut. Given where it would be located, it would just make more sense to do the rest of the runout rather than have to install gates to send every other chair through empty.


    • Muni September 18, 2021 / 6:15 pm

      I’ve skied afternoon powder off Pioneer on a weekend day in mid-winter. I’ll happily take a flat run-out for that.


  2. Will September 17, 2021 / 11:38 am

    Towers are up on the new HSQ at 49* North (check their Insta). Pretty sweet.


  3. El Chapo September 17, 2021 / 6:52 pm

    RIP Frank Drake, founder of Mt Hood Meadows. After the passing of Dave McCoy last year, Frank may have been the last of the generation of ski resort entrepreneurs who started the business during the boom of the 60s and early 70s


  4. Myles Svec September 17, 2021 / 7:24 pm

    What’s with lifts getting struck by lighting and then breaking down? First we had Arizona Gondola now they said Purgatory Express is now shut down due to lightning damage.


    • Chase September 17, 2021 / 11:39 pm

      If any electrical components are damaged and need replaced, they may have a very long lead time. Some things like fail-safe IO modules have lead times already well into next year. And unless you’re building ventilators for COVID responses, you’re not buying your way to the front of the line.

      And yes, you could say they should have them on hand, but it’s also just as likely that a particularly bad event could have taken out more components than anyone could have on the shelf.


      • Ryan Murphy September 18, 2021 / 6:59 am

        Supply chains are a nightmare right now, especially for global items. Even industries you would expect to be immune are feeling the effects.


    • Ray September 19, 2021 / 10:54 am

      Lightning strikes can be wicked at Arizona Snowbowl, especially for a top drive lift near the top of Mt. Agassiz. It will be a challenge to protect the drive station of Arizona Gondola but I’m sure that MCP has plans in the works to do that.


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