News Roundup: Italian American

  • The Edmonton Ski Club and its Mueller T-Bar will reopen this winter following a one year hiatus.
  • The developer of Big Snow America is so confident in the American Dream project that it offered the Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall as collateral to secure a $2.8 billion construction loan.
  • Investors and Berkshire Bank battle over whose claim to the Hermitage six pack should take precedent.
  • The White River National Forest extends public commenting for the Breck Peak 7 Infill chairlift project to September 1st.
  • The Forest Service approved Aspen Mountain’s Pandora expansion awhile ago but the county still needs to approve necessary zoning.
  • SilverStar adds 24 hour security, surveillance cameras and enhanced line checks in the wake of the Sea to Sky Gondola downing.
  • TransLink’s CEO says the proposed Burnaby Mountain tricable gondola would be less susceptible to such an attack.
  • Grouse Mountain gives all Sea to Sky Gondola passholders free lift access through November 30th.
  • S2S cleanup will take awhile and trails remain closed for public safety.
  • Swiss manufacturer Bartholet shows it’s possible to build a new fixed quad in just three weeks.
  • Jaegerndorfer now exports Omega V cabins in miniature form to the United States.
  • Aspen Snowmass will add chairs to lifts at Highlands and Snowmass to address Ikon Pass crowding concerns.
  • Skytrac will manufacture towers for and install the new Leitner T-Bar at Ski Cooper.
  • This profile demonstrates why the Kaiser S2 excavator is so popular for ski lift construction.
  • MND Group, owner of LST Ropeways, says it has resolved “financial difficulties” by reorganizing its debt.
  • Doppelmayr names Jürgen Pichler its new global marketing chief.
  • It looks like Sunday River’s Locke Mountain triple will gain a tower or two thanks to the new T-Bar that crosses under it.
  • Actaris Impact Fund hosts a community meeting and announces its intention to close on the purchase of Saddleback come early November.
  • Big Sky and Loon Mountain will launch the world’s first dual frequency RFID lift access system in partnership with Axess.
  • With a new detachable quad under construction, Bogus Basin caps a five year turnaround.
  • Alpine Media display screens will go live on more chairs this winter.
  • Big Burn at Snowmass may be replaced with a bubble lift.
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News Roundup: Tallying

  • Just in time for summer, the Sea to Sky Gondola welcomes ten more cabins to the line, increasing capacity by 50 percent.
  • The Idaho Springs, Colorado city council may vote Monday on rezoning for a proposed 17 tower, 27 cabin gondola lift.
  • Hermitage Club founder Jim Barnes explains his reorganization plan but for now, a receiver remains in place.
  • Snowshoe is purportedly planning to replace Powder Monkey with a fixed grip quad next summer.
  • Although it doesn’t build lifts in the United States, Bartholet has built some very slick machines lately.
  • The Indy Pass grows to 28 resorts.
  • A rocket from Syria damages a ski lift at Israel’s Mt. Hermon, where a Leitner gondola is also currently under construction.
  • Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz launches a podcast with a great first episode about the Park City acquisition.
  • The City of Steamboat is still weighing options for bringing in a private operator and/or replacing Barrows at Howelsen Hill.
  • California Express notches another approval but litigation could be coming.
  • Vail Resorts reports a great quarter: skier visits up 14.3 percent and lift revenue up 16.4 percent with season pass sales for next year trending up 9 percent and 13 percent in units and dollars.  “We are still absolutely aggressive on looking for additional resorts that we think add to our network and make the experience that we provide our guests better,” says Rob Katz on the quarterly conference call.
  • Quebec tallied 4.6 million skier visits last winter, a ten year high for a province with three new chairlifts already under construction for next year.
  • New Hampshire resorts logged 100,000 more skier days than 2017-18.
  • Colorado is king with 13.1 million estimated skier visits, a new record.
  • This was supposed to be the summer the town of Grafton, Illinois celebrated a new gondola.  Instead, 2019 will be remembered for the flooding that has thrown a wrench in its construction.
  • Teo II is approved but has no timeline for construction yet.