Closing the Books on 2015

Since I started this blog last April, it’s been viewed more than 150,000 times and grown into a destination for news and information about lifts. Our busiest day on Monday, December 7th saw 3,949 unique visitors, more than the first three months combined.  In 2015, 81 percent of readers hailed from the United States, followed by Canada, the UK, Germany and Austria.  Below are some of the most popular posts we published in 2015.

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More than 1,100 people clicked on this picture of Park City’s new gondola, our most viewed image of 2015.
  1. Sun Peaks Plans to Double in Size Again
  2. Oldest Operating Lifts in the US & Canada
  3. What $50 Million Looks Like at Park City
  4. Is This Doppelmayr’s New Detachable Terminal?
  5. Quicksilver Gondola August Update
  6. Top Ten Longest Chairlifts in North America
  7. Park City’s New Pinecone Gondola
  8. Touring Utah’s Newest Ski Resort
  9. Cabins and Towers for Park City’s Quicksilver Gondola
  10. Squaw Valley’s New Siberia Express Six-Pack

I am always looking for new topics to write about (and Park City won’t be building a gondola next year!)  You can reach me anytime at peter@liftblog.com or leave a comment with ideas.  Thanks for reading and see you in 2016.

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Summer 2015 New Lifts – Early Trends

Resorts are starting to close and construction season is upon us.  Many new lift projects have already been announced.  You can see the full list here.  After last year’s “win” by Leitner-Poma, Doppelmayr will return to dominate with at least 14 projects.  Remarkably almost all of them will be detachables – more on that later.  So far the only other confirmed projects are a Leitner-Poma detachable at Powderhorn, CO and 2 Leitner urban gondolas in Mexico City.  (Apparently these are being built by Leitner in Italy, not by Leitner-Poma in Grand Junction.)

Lifts by manufacturer-year
Last year was the only year since the merger with CTEC that Doppelmayr did not build the most lifts.
The overall lift construction trend continues downward.
The overall lift construction trend continues downward.

2015 also will be the first year since 2011 that more detachable lifts are built than fixed-grip lifts.  So far only 3 fixed grips have been announced.

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