News Roundup: Allegations

  • With energy at a premium in Europe, Leitner showcases technology which regulates the speed of a ropeway based on rider demand.
  • The nonprofit which has been running Big Squaw says the sale to Big Moose Development still hasn’t been completed and this season will continue as normal.
  • Sugarbush confirms a Heaven’s Gate replacement is in the works but it won’t happen in 2023 as lift prices surge and lead times increase.
  • Ropeway pioneer Willy Garaventa dies at the age of 88.
  • Los Angeles releases the Environmental Impact Statement for the Dodger Stadium gondola project.
  • Names for the five new Skytracs at Jack Frost Big Boulder are: Blue Heron, Harmony, Paradise, Pocono and Tobyhanna.
  • Groupe Le Massif remains interested in acquiring Mont-Sainte-Anne from Resorts of the Canadian Rockies and would also be open to acquiring Stoneham as part of a deal.
  • After multiple years of construction, Ontario’s Mt. Baldy finally has a new chairlift.
  • Mount Snow will sell more double, triple and quad chairs for charity.
  • New York’s Attorney General sues the owners of Labrador Mountain and Song Mountain, alleging their purchase and closure of nearby Toggenburg was anti-competitive. Former Toggenburg/current Greek Peak owner John Meier agreed to pay the State $195,000 and will cooperate in the case against Labrador and Song’s parent company.
  • The Governor of Utah throws his support behind the Little Cottonwood gondola project.
  • A new document shows where Mammoth’s relocated Panorama Gondola and new Big Bend chairlift would run as part of the Evolving Main project.
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania again seeks an operator to revive the Denton Hill Ski Area.

5 thoughts on “News Roundup: Allegations

  1. skitheeast October 21, 2022 / 11:50 pm

    I think this picture from Marcella is the most detailed trail map/layout for Mayflower Mountain that has been published yet. Given they are proposing to construct additional runs off of Bald Mountain, it will be impossible to not integrate and become a part of Deer Valley.

    Last I heard, which in fairness was quite some time ago, the only major hurdle remaining was snowboarding. Extell only cares about real estate, as they have no interest in running a ski operation, and knows it can leverage Deer Valley’s brand more than any other for additional value. For Deer Valley, this gives them an additional portal, more parking, and more terrain for essentially free, which allows them to boost their comfortable carrying capacity and sell more $2500 passes, $250 tickets, and $25 burgers. It is only a matter of time before an announcement is made.


    • Thomas Jett October 23, 2022 / 7:52 pm

      This map appears to be out of date. It’s missing a liftline from the Mayflower village to Big Dutch Peak that’s been visibly cut this summer.


  2. Muni October 22, 2022 / 2:11 pm

    Toggenburg is not the only example of this anti-competitive behavior. Jimminy Peak bought Brodie in Massachusetts, only to shut it down. The resort is now for sale with a covenant that forbids public downhill skiing:

    With any luck, Massachusetts will follow a similar template to New York. If the market truly cannot support that many resorts, then the smaller resorts will fold on their own accord. More likely, the established players simply do not want to compete with them on price and level of personalized service, particularly among lucrative families with small children and first-time skiers.


    • Calvin October 22, 2022 / 5:06 pm

      Mount Snow also did it with the selling off of Haystack. Can only be private and offer 75 or so tickets to locals.


  3. Jeff October 24, 2022 / 12:52 pm

    Regarding Mammoth, the Panorama Gondola will be replaced.

    “In addition to moving the bottom terminal of the Lower Panorama Gondola, MMSA proposes to replace both stages of the Panorama Gondola with a higher-capacity 10-passenger detachable gondola. The Panorama Gondola is one of the most popular lifts at MMSA in the summer and winter and is reaching the end of its operational life.”

    Click to access Project-Proposal-Letter-for-the-United-States-Forest-Service.pdf


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