News Roundup: Birds of Prey


7 thoughts on “News Roundup: Birds of Prey

  1. Philip Keeve May 19, 2023 / 6:11 pm

    Why only a partial installation of the new cabins now? Is it a matter of time or testing and engineering?


    • Ryan May 21, 2023 / 8:46 pm

      maybe both? Maybe costs.. Maybe logistics/parts availability for manufacturing or manufacturing delays


    • Anthony May 21, 2023 / 11:11 pm

      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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  2. kf May 22, 2023 / 7:35 am

    Lightning express… knock on wood. Ha!


  3. stmeyer2015 May 23, 2023 / 1:58 pm

    What would snowmass replace the cirque with?


    • OttawaSkier May 23, 2023 / 2:36 pm

      In the new master plan, it was proposed to replace Cirque with a new platter with more capacity and no turn.


      • Eric G May 23, 2023 / 4:20 pm

        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.


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