Instagram Tuesday: Liftscapes

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

Sunshine & the lifts spinning from Orchard to Blue Ribbon what a Spring. #Hotham

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Instagram Tuesday: Steep

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

This is probably one of my favorite shots from my trip out west last week. I saw the fog slowly coming down the mountain and ran outside to shoot the tram coming out of it. It took some patience but I love the moody vibes 👌🏼 Let me know what you think 😁 • • • • #nature_brilliance #EarthVisuals #artofvisuals #welivetoexplore #natureaddict #naturediversity #ourplanetdaily #earth_deluxe #instanaturelover #nature_perfection #folkcreative #VisualsOfLife #gearednomad #MoodyGrams #visualambassadors #exklusive_shot #thecreative #peoplescreatives #sombresociety #royalsnappingartists #wyoming #tetons #yellowstone #grandtetons #jacksonhole #grandtetonnationalpark #JJ_Forum_1979 #canon #canonusa #teamcanon

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Instagram Tuesday: Rope

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

Welcome to White Fish Montana. #eastrimlift #spiderexcavators #kaisers2 #dyercorp

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Mornin #sundayriver #maine #snowmaking #doppelmayr

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News Roundup: Shuffle

News Roundup: Colorado

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Likely new lifts for 2017 are pacing 39 percent ahead of last year, when 28 new lifts had been announced on this date.  I’ve identified 39 lift projects for 2017 and if last year’s pattern holds, lift manufacturers will build approximately 57 new ropeways in N. America in 2017, the most since 2004.  We’ll know by about July 1.

Instagram Tuesday: Sea of Dreams

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

Walking on a dream 👌 @resortalyeska

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Instagram Tuesday: Doing Work

Every Tuesday, we pick our favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

#heliatwork #helicopter #skilift #chopok #mountains #Tatry #nizketatry #tatramountains

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News Roundup: Layoffs at Burke

Chair Parking Barn Burns at Alyeska

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A chair parking barn adjacent to the Glacier Bowl Express smolders following an early morning fire on March 17, 2016.  Photo credit: Alyeska Resort

Alyeska got lucky early this morning when a fire broke out at the Glacier Bowl Express chair parking facility but did not spread to the lift itself.  Girdwood Fire Department and Alyeska crews responded at 5:27 am, accessing the scene by snowcat and using the mountain’s snowmaking system to fight the fire.  “We are actively investigating the cause of the fire and will know more details later today when investigators can access the scene,” said Mountain General Manger Di Whitney in a statement. “We are grateful for the speedy response and support from Girdwood Fire Department which did a fantastic job putting out the fire.”

The Glacier Bowl Express is a 2013 Doppelmayr detachable quad built to replace another high speed quad installed in 1988.  Considering the barn is at the drive station, this fire could have been much worse.  The lift’s operator house is a separate building on the other side of the terminal.  Alyeska re-opened much of the mountain at 1pm today and says it will have the Glacier Bowl Express back in action soon.

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The parking barn that burned was originally built for the Spirit of Alyeska lift which had bubble chairs for most of its life.

Update 3/25/16: GBX is still down.  Alyeska’s snow reports notes, “we have initiated a plan to resume operations of Glacier Bowl Express this season. The fire investigation and preliminary mechanical inspections have been completed, and equipment and tools to make the repairs have arrived. Experts are on site today to assist with repairs, and inspectors will be in place to confirm successful repairs and oversee the return to safe operations.”  From the below post on Instagram, it looks like the fire damaged the haul rope, requiring repair.

Getting to the core of the matter. #splicer #liftmaintenance #skiing #ak #alyeska #alaska #spiked

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Instagram Tuesday: Northern Lights

The lights were crazy at about 2 a.m. and they're forecasted to be going off again tonight! Get out and catch em!

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One side up!!! #sharegj #flattopflyer #skipowderhorn

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Michael Doppelmayr visits the top station of Sugar's Summit Express. One of his many lift installations around the world.

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