News Roundup: Doubles Save the Day


12 thoughts on “News Roundup: Doubles Save the Day

  1. Muni December 16, 2022 / 8:30 am

    Palisades: “[Base to Base] can also operate as two independent lifts … There are only five other lifts in North America with this feature.”

    – Blackcomb Gondola at Whistler
    – Skyeship at Killington
    – Mountain Village Gondola at Telluride
    – Excaliber and Village Gondolas at Whistler?

    I’m assuming Wild Blue will also join this list next year.


      • ccslider December 16, 2022 / 10:48 am

        Telluride Mountain Village Gondola operates in tandem but can and has operated in discrete mode.


        • Ryan December 16, 2022 / 1:01 pm

          discrete mode? Please explain.


        • ccslider December 16, 2022 / 3:53 pm

          Descrete mode means operating independently as two distinct machines. This might come in handy if there was a problem with, say, the gearbox on one of the legs; you could evacuate and shut down that machine while continuing to operate the other.


        • Muni December 16, 2022 / 3:58 pm

          Discrete Mode: Gondola segments operates as individual, separate entities.

          Discreet Mode: Gondola operates very quietly, with no lights on, in the dead of night.

          Descarte Mode: Gondola gains sentience, and therefore becomes aware of its own existence.

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    • matthewberry6 December 16, 2022 / 2:09 pm

      Can’t the gondola at mammoth operate as 2 as well?


      • Thomas Jett December 16, 2022 / 3:04 pm

        Yeah, Mammoth routinely operates the lower half alone in the first few weeks of the season before they have enough snow to open the upper mountain.


    • CharlesO December 16, 2022 / 11:10 pm

      The old Sugarloaf gondola could be operated with or without its upper section, which was frequently shut down due to wind. In its last few years of operation, the lower section was decommissioned and the turnaround track in the midstation was, er, turned around so they could operate only the upper section, as it was the only lift that served the summit.


  2. Ryan December 16, 2022 / 1:02 pm

    It’s a matter of pride to see the old back up lifts saving the day, so to speak. Glad Alta was smart to not take down Albion.

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    • Skier December 16, 2022 / 11:21 pm

      I’m glad I can ride it again. I didn’t get the chance when they ran it at the end of last season.


  3. David December 17, 2022 / 8:51 pm

    I don’t buy that Homewood going private can save them from their financial troubles. They just don’t have the allure of something like the YC club, or even the Hermitage Club, in my opinion anyway. I imagine management hopes the infusion of cash can help them stay afloat for a bit and make some improvements. But right now I can only really see bankruptcy in their long – term future. And while this may just be me being a bit emotional / angry that’s also what I hope for.


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