- The only bidder for the Tulsa Skyride plans to relocate it to the Middle East.
- A loaded Base to Base Gondola cabin mis-captures and gets stuck in the KT-22 mid-station at Palisades Tahoe during a storm.
- Speaking of Base to Base, here’s a cool profile on what it takes to keep the lift running.
- A Celebration of the Life and Work of Hans Burkhart will be held on Monday, March 13 at 5 pm at the Funitel Plaza at Palisades, with a reception to follow.
- An employee causes a Riblet clip ejection at Anthony Lakes.
- Wolf Ridge, North Carolina sells to new owners who promise improvements.
- Elko Snobowl closes for the season due to issues with its Hall double.
- Bousquet closes its Hall double for the season due to a gearbox issue.
- Nordic Valley’s Hall double remains closed with alternate snow cat service in place.
- Montana lost ski area Wraith Hill goes up for sale with a 1976 Doppelmayr T-Bar.
- BigRock, Maine inks a contract with Doppelmayr for a new quad in 2024.
- Sunlight’s Segundo will spin one more season before replacement in ’24.
- The Forest Services issues a Draft Environmental Assessment and seeks comments on Taos Ski Valley’s proposed Base to Base Gondola and replacement of lifts 2 and 8.
- Indy Pass prices increase approximately 11 percent, Epic 8 percent and Ikon 7.5 percent for next season.
- Deer Valley will require Ikon Pass reservations next year, Taos eliminates them but goes off Ikon Base.
- Vail reports mixed quarterly results with skier visits up 3.6 percent but earnings down 1 percent due to weather and increased operating costs.
Anthony Lakes was sure to go in-depth about the nature of the detaching…
“The chairlift incident was caused by the result of an employee’s poor choice to horse around with another employee by giving the chair a “super bump”, which is not standard practice when loading guests on the chair. This caused the chair to swing and twist side to side and then caused the chair to hit the first tower, resulting in the chair twisting and detaching from the haul rope.”
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What exactly is a “Super Bump”?
Not being present but being rather familiar with operations, the operator was trying to be funny. I imagine they were trying to give their fellow employee a big swing off the load board, which isn’t great practise on any lift but especially on a Riblet.
For context: I’ve torn down a 1962 Riblet double, and just the other day spoke with a fellow mechanic who helped remove a 1973. Both of us noted how difficult it is to remove a carrier and clip from the rope. The combination of factors necessary for this are rare.
Having taken down a 1972 SLI/Riblet hybrid, can also confirm that the clips are a right pain to remove without the proper equipment. The signs nobody reads saying do not swing or bounce chairs is there for a reason, especially or Riblet clipped lifts.
An odd find:
An LPA-styled terminal in France. I thought this design was specific to North America, but apparently not.
Here’s another one of the Omega LPA terminals in France:
That design was manufactured in North America, then shipped to France. There was a French customer that wanted the North American lifts because they were less expensive that what POMA was supplying. I think LPOA sold 2
or 3 this way.
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