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As Vail Resorts
shakes up management in the northeast, outgoing Mt. Sunapee GM Jay Gamble reflects on 20 years of growth including four new lifts and 110,000 annual skier visits. Vail also says goodbye to Sunapee’s
Duckling double after 55 years. The owner of Mt. Washington, British Columbia; Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire; Wisp, Maryland and Wintergreen, Virginia
takes over operations at Powderhorn, Colorado. Propelled by
five major projects in Colorado, Leitner-Poma says 2018 is it biggest year ever in the United States. The $2 billion Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco, which features a short aerial tramway, is
mired in problems unrelated to the lift. Construction begins in Switzerland for the world’s
second longest 3S with the most towers – seven. With new six and eight passenger lifts, Big Sky Resort
shifts away from the double/triple/quad lift lingo. Alterra
names KSL veteran Adam Knox Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development to lead the company’s acquisitions and resort partnership group. Due to the amount of lift work needed after seven shuttered years, Cockaigne, NY
won’t reopen this winter after all. One of the longest Riblets retired from Snowmass
turns up in the Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was killed. A
freshly cut lift line is spotted in the Spanish Peaks development adjacent to Big Sky Resort, probably for the planned Highlands chair. The
Berkshire Eagle looks at Catamount’s $5 million fall. A judge
quashes spending for lift maintenance at the Hermitage Club, which remains in foreclosure. A new lawsuit against the ski area alleges breach of contract and consumer fraud. Another aerial tramway
cabin crashes in Europe, this time on the one year old Bartholet jigback . No one was hurt as the cabin that hit the ground was empty. Staubernbahn The
Boston Globe talks with Mainers about a fourth winter without Saddleback. In New Zealand, The Remarkables is set to build the
inaugural D-Line in the southern hemisphere and Coronet Peak announces a Leitner Telemix. The new Bretton Woods
trail map indicates the gondola may not be called Presidential Bahn after all. As Copper Mountain and Leitner-Poma crews work hard to finish two big lifts,
opening weekend shifts to Super Bee.
Beaver Creek relocates an entire
Birds of Prey Express tower, foundation and all, eight inches due to ground movement. Someone
made off with a chair from Aspen’s Bell Mountain lift. After a public plea from SkiCo, it returns within hours. Franklin County, Maine wants an electric utility to
contribute $100,000 to support Saddleback redevelopment as part of a mitigation package for a $950 million power line project. Cockaigne, NY will open this winter for the first time in seven following an
investment of $6.2 million, demonstrating it takes a boatload of cash to reopen a lapsed ski resort. The always awesome French lift website Remontées Mécaniques reports on two remarkable new lifts in Asia: the
Fansipan Legend 3S and Wynn Palace Skycab. Two late additions to the
2018 new lift roster: Boreal, California and Vallée du Parc, Quebec, which are both adding Doppelmayr fixed quads this fall. La Paz subway in the sky gondolas number 15 and 16 open
An intriguing podcast claims more Disney Skyliner lines are envisioned to Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Animal Kingdom Lodge, All Star Resort and Coronado Springs. Anyone recognize
this skyride at the New Mexico State Fair? It had to come from somewhere. Pre-Vail Whistler Blackcomb COO and father of Peak 2 Peak Dave Brownlie is tapped to
lead the next chapter at Revelstoke.
joins the growing list of ski areas spinning extra lifts for the Great American Eclipse but there’s one problem: lifts weren’t designed for downloading so guests must walk down! The Weather Channel and the BBC will broadcast live from the top of the Jackson Hole Tram on eclipse day.
Disney and Doppelmayr are building a gondola station in the
middle of a lake. Mayor of Rossford, Ohio wants to build
a gondola across the Maumee River to Toledo. Albany gondola idea
Metal fatigue eyed in horrific ride incident at the Ohio State Fair (additional photos of the break are here.) The Fair’s SkyGlider chairlift was not involved but temporarily shut down as a precaution. Leitner-Poma will build two new lifts at Arapahoe Basin over the next two years. A 400′ Telecorde surface lift called Lazy J Tow will go in this summer to access Montezuma Bowl while the Beavers fixed-grip quad will follow next year.
closes again as fire rebounds. Intrawest, Mammoth Resorts and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows are now
one company owned by KSL, the Crown Family of Aspen Skiing Co. and Rusty Gregory. Currently known as Hawk Holding Company, LLC, a new name and brand will be introduced this fall. Rescuers in boats and ladder trucks assist with
dramatic evacuation of a bi-cable gondola over the The Rhine in Cologne, Germany. Bill Brett, retired GM of Timberline
writes about rime and how Palmer almost became Riblet’s first detachable. Snowbasin gets an A+ for its latest lift
construction update. Arizona Snowbowl
begins work on its third new lift in three years.
Gravity is a crazy way to remove an old haul rope. Skytrac takes the
Instagram plunge. Pair of investors
nears deal to reopen Cockaigne, NY in 2018-19, a mountain with four Hall lifts that closed in 2011. Leitner Ropeways to build a
unique two-section gondola in Austria with a single direct drive powering two separately-tensioned haul rope loops. Grand Canyon Escalade bill to finally go before the Navajo Nation Council
this fall. Gulmarg Gondola
reopens 39 days after fatal tree accident. Doppelmayr inaugurates the first
3S gondola in China with another on the way.