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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.
Reopening of Steamboat’s refurbished gondola has been delayed
one more week to July 21st. Pats Peak starts work on the
new Peak chair, a CTEC from Ascutney, VT with Skytrac upgrades and a loading carpet. Alta updates skiers on
the new Supreme. The Snowdon triple at Killington is getting new
SkyTrans crossarms this summer. Didn’t make it to Interalpin? You can see the Leitner-Poma Group’s booth through an
interactive panorama. This week’s Disney gondola update comes
from EPCOT. Waterville Valley
proposes replacing unreliable High Country double with a T-Bar.
More details surface in fatal Gulmarg Gondola tree incident. Six Flags sky ride
reopens with new between-leg restraints following rider fall. The
Community Ski Areas at Risk Symposium, sponsored by Skytrac, is a worthy watch. I stopped by
Hogadon this weekend and confirmed the Red chair has been removed. Pictures of all 33 of Wyoming’s lifts are now in the database and Montana will be completed next. An Eldo Express
update. Doppelmayr opens an impressive
over-water gondola in South Korea’s second largest city. Medellín’s four gondola lines will be joined
by a fifth. The Lake Compounce Skyride, a 1997 CTEC Sprint with 14 towers
closes for good. Leitner’s new urban gondola in Berlin sees
a million riders in its first three months. Insolvent Ski Blandford
may be sold to Ski Butternut.
MND Group secures $6.7 million
private investment to support future growth. Whitewater’s new Leitner-Poma quad chair project
update. Sunday River
blasts some rock to make way for Spruce Peak 2.0. Timberline Helicopters, the company that flies the majority of lift towers in the West, plans to build a new
$3 million home on 93 acres in Northern Idaho. SeaWorld San Diego
commemorates 50 years of operation of its VonRoll Skyride, one of only 11 remaining in the U.S. Tragedy in Gulmarg, India as seven die following
tree strike on the world’s second highest gondola. The accident was blamed on an ‘act of god’ and the gondola deemed mechanically fine. More trees will be cut before reopening.
Human error caused 14-year old girl’s fall from a chairlift at Six Flags Great Escape. After video gets millions of views, editorial in the local paper calls for locking restraint bars. Colorado tram board
votes against disciplinary action in Granby Ranch case. A Walt Disney World
gondola update. Much-maligned New York State Fair gondola project
is dead. Anakeesta
load tests new Chondola.
Wood-paneled terminal sections arrive at Breckenridge from Leitner-Poma for the new Falcon SuperChair. Photo credit: Benjamin Bartz