News Roundup: Mystery Solved


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  1. Will April 8, 2022 / 2:29 pm

    Classic Seattle. What a dissapointment.


    • Anthony April 8, 2022 / 3:17 pm

      It’s not feasible AT ALL as a solution for West Seattle. Light rail provides higher capacity, better reliability, better expansion/extension possibility, and is already in study for construction within the next ten years. Light rail has been identified as a priority for West Seattle for DECADES and now this group comes out of the woodwork since there’s actually money for construction.

      I love gondolas and ropeways as much as the next guy but Sound Transit is right to shut this silly idea down.

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      • Peter Landsman April 9, 2022 / 1:40 pm

        As a native of Seattle I completely agree. Much more feasible for a gondola system on a route like South Lake Union-Capitol Hill or Lower Queen Anne-Upper Queen Anne.


        • Anthony April 10, 2022 / 9:03 pm

          Actually SLU-Broadway would be FANTASTIC and take over a portion of the KC Metro 8 line which is one of the busiest. Wish one of our city’s gondola activists would propose that.

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  2. Donald Reif April 8, 2022 / 3:09 pm

    Hopefully Steamboat will consider finding a new location to build a mountain coaster.


    • Myles Svec April 8, 2022 / 3:27 pm

      There isn’t really anywhere else to build it maybe they could find space by the midstation of Wild Blue gondola and have people ride the gondola to it. I’m kind of glad it’s gone as it was a massive eyesore right in the middle of the mountain taking up a bunch of space.


      • Donald Reif April 8, 2022 / 3:49 pm

        It pretty much got in the way of a lot of the beginner routes.


      • skitheeast April 8, 2022 / 8:44 pm

        My top pick for relocation is at the top of the existing gondola to the south (west of Elkhead). The terrain faces southwest, so it will never be developed for skiing, although it would require an expansion of their SUP.

        If it leaves Steamboat altogether, send it east! Sugarbush and Stratton could both use one to help boost their summer offerings.

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        • Myles Svec April 8, 2022 / 8:49 pm

          I don’t think Steamboat can do that or it would be really hard to get an extended SUP there because that area is a protected Elk habitat.


        • pbropetech April 9, 2022 / 7:52 pm

          Mountain coasters are custom, one-of-a-kind machines. They really can’t be relocated wholesale. I’m not sure about Weigand, who built Steamboat’s, but ADG (who built ours) does have a standard set of track sections that can be mixed and matched according to the design so a potential new owner would only have to buy maybe half of what they’d need.

          Coasters definitely bring in summer revenue but they’re needy from a maintenance perspective. Maybe it’s because coasters are relatively new (and thus don’t have generations of insight from my predecessors) but I find taking care of a massive detachable like the Flyer easier and more straightforward than the Rocky Mountain Coaster.

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  3. skitheeast April 8, 2022 / 8:37 pm

    A fully built-out Sasquatch could actually provide much-needed relief for Whistler. Who knows if it will happen, but it would be awesome for Vancouver residents.


    • Aussierob06 April 8, 2022 / 11:36 pm

      Its pretty low elevation. I’ve got to think its going to be a struggle with warming climate.

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  4. Ryan April 8, 2022 / 9:41 pm

    Question on the Steamboat Gondola back-up engine/motor- They said it runs extremely slow when on the back-up. is this normal? I’ve seen some back-up diesels and what not for high speed chair lifts which allow the thing to run at 500+ FPM while on that backup. I’ve seen the Snowbasin Gondolas running at 500+ FPM on back-up as well. I’ve not had the opportunity to see the back-up drive for the Steamboat Gondola. Maybe some of you have and can enlighten me? Thank you


    • Axewolfe17 April 8, 2022 / 9:52 pm

      Was talking to a mechanic and he said a fault occurred that wouldn’t allow them to start the AUX, that’s why it took so long.


    • Aussierob06 April 8, 2022 / 11:35 pm

      A lot of detachables have two back up diesels. One is an auxiliary (standby) drive that can operate the lift at or close to full capacity. The other is an evacuation drive that only runs about 1 m/s (200fpm). It was the evac they couldn’t start for some reason.


    • Ryan April 9, 2022 / 11:32 pm

      Thank you for the info. That makes sense now.

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  5. Ryan April 8, 2022 / 9:47 pm

    I also hope they can find a good location at Steamboat for the coaster. It is a ton of fun and can be a good source of revenue in the summer months, not just the winter. It was very popular this season.


  6. Ryan April 12, 2022 / 1:59 pm

    They began removing the sleds from the Mountain Coaster at Steamboat today.

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  7. Joe Blake April 12, 2022 / 9:55 pm

    Anyone have any insight to what Doppelmayr’s doing in the WA?

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    • skitheeast April 13, 2022 / 12:23 am

      Something at Snoqualmie is the rumor (Boyne is loyal to Doppelmayr). Sky at Cypress got announced very late as a fixed-grip replacement, so something similar would make sense given the timing.

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