- Indy Pass adds Calabogie Peaks and Loch Lomond, Ontario; Arctic Valley, Alaska and Mt. Crescent, Iowa plus more allied resorts.
- In Tennessee, Skyland Ranch will open November 11th with a brand new combination chairlift/gondola.
- Windham Mountain acquires 450 acres, hires SE Group to craft a master plan for Eastward expansion.
- Rusty Gregory, Stephen Kircher and Mike Kaplan talk recession, climate change and resilience at a virtual event.
- Montana Snowbowl’s new Skytrac will be called Transporter.
- Snowriver introduces a website and logo.
- Breckenridge will sell 85 double chairs from Rip’s Ride for charity.
- All systems are go for Kimberley’s Northstar Express to reopen this season.
- Cannon Mountain warns a big increase in energy costs will lead to higher prices this winter.
- Ober Gatlinburg becomes Ober Mountain with a new owner, new President and capital investments to come.
- Blue Mountain’s trail map shows the location of the the new Main Street Express.
- The Highlands closes Heather Express for the season early due to mechanical problems.
- Doppelmayr plans to build Mexico City’s new six-station gondola line in just 15 months.
- Season four of the Ski Utah podcast debuts with an episode all about the Snowbird Tram’s modernization.
- Eaglecrest chooses an alignment for its used gondola.
- Thanks to reader Mark for these great photos of projects nearing completion on Vail Mountain.
Now by closed early for the season for Heather dear at the Highlands, did they mean closed early for the summer/fall season, or are we talking the upcoming ski season? The link to the Instagram post does not appear valid.
The gondola for Eaglecrest appears to have a very low hourly capacity. If the goal is to get cruise ship passengers up the hill in summer and skiers in winter, I’m not sure a max capacity of what appears to be around 750 people per hour is going to cut it. Maybe my math is wrong – the article said 45 people could load every 3 1/2 minutes.
If you have ten bus loads of cruise ship guests show up at 10 am for a scenic ride, there are going to be a lot of people waiting a long time to get up the hill. And I’m not sure they will like the gondola slowing down several times on the journey as it loads other groups either.
I’m sort of surprised a pulse gondola was chosen to begin with instead of a traditional chairlift or gondola.