- A pair of osprey nest atop a tower on Beaver Creek’s Riverfront Express, preventing maintenance work for now.
- New York’s Olympic Regional Development Authority plans to spend $80 million on lifts and snowmaking each of the next four years.
- The first 29 cabins will debut on Park City’s Red Pine Gondola June 30th with 26 more to follow next winter.
- SilverStar adds 21 new cabins to the Schumann Summit Express gondola.
- The first urban gondola in Canada could go out to bid in 2025.
- Leitner-Poma secures a tax credit for its upcoming facility in Utah.
- White Pass retires the Pigtail II double, the second oldest chairlift in the country dating back to 1958.
- The asking price for closed Toggenburg Mountain drops to $1.995 million.
- Leitner and Poma partner with a solar energy company to offer photovoltaic panels on detachable lift terminals.
- Lake Louise formally announces the Upper Juniper Express, to be built by Doppelmayr over the next two summers.
- A worker dies in a fall from an Italian aerial tramway while performing maintenance work.
- Chair 2 at Snow Valley is being shortened to become a beginner lift.
- Mt. Holly’s second detachable quad will be called Lightning Express.
- Snowmass seeks Forest Service approval to replace Coney Glade and Cirque.
- Cannon Mountain looks to announce a new tram on July 7th, the 85th anniversary of the original tram.
Why only a partial installation of the new cabins now? Is it a matter of time or testing and engineering?
maybe both? Maybe costs.. Maybe logistics/parts availability for manufacturing or manufacturing delays
On Red Pine? It’s because the new Sigmas are heavier than the old cabins, so they’ll need to do some tower adjustments to carry the full load.
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Lightning express… knock on wood. Ha!
What would snowmass replace the cirque with?
In the new master plan, it was proposed to replace Cirque with a new platter with more capacity and no turn.
How can they get more capacity out of a new platter?
A detachable platter has to be about the best they can get from this style of lift. If they would run the existing platter as designed they would get a 36% boost in uphill capacity. The lift typically runs at 500-550 fpm, but was designed to run at 750 fpm.
Over the years they’ve slowed it down because the sightseers just can’t manage a surface lift, same with many single plankers, and the lift operations folks don’t build the loading ramp correctly, thus making lift harder to ride. I’ve never seen anyone fall at the tower where the line direction changes angle.
I expect what Snowmass plans to do is replace it with a T-Bar.