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The last North American ski area still operating, Lookout Pass,
closes for the season. Leitner-Poma is
hiring installers for projects at Arapahoe Basin, Arizona Snowbowl, Aspen Snowmass, Breckenridge, Keystone and Okemo. A group of 150 former members buys the Hermitage Club and its five chairlifts for the bargain price of
$8.06 million. Arapahoe Basin
lays off 430 seasonal employees and cuts the hours of year round staff. Children of the man who died on a Vail chairlift earlier this season
retain a Denver law firm for possible litigation. In addition to virtually all ski resorts worldwide, coronavirus shuts down urban gondolas including La Paz’s
Mi Teleférico, Medellín’s Metrocable, Santo Domingo’s Teleférico and London’s Emirates Air Line.
New owners take over Great Divide and will reevaluate proposed lift additions through a master planning process. The newest gondola operation in Australia becomes insolvent and
enters administration, partly a result of COVID-19.
SAM gathers leaders from Alterra, Boyne, Vail and more to talk about the crisis. A common theme: capital budgets being reexamined. A Vancouver developer
thinks about a gondola as part of a hillside housing development near Cypress Mountain. Lift construction
grinds to a halt in New Zealand but carries on in Alaska.
Ski Inc. and Ski Inc. 2020 author Chris Diamond shares an optimistic view of the crisis under the assumption it won’t last into next winter.
Citing the pandemic, Hermitage Club founder Jim Barnes
seeks to delay today’s auction of resort assets. A judge orders the auction to proceed at 10:00 am via telephone. A group
intends to sue to stop the State of Alaska from awarding a new lease of public land to Arctic Valley Ski Area. For the first time since it opened, the Disney Skyliner gondola lines are completely
devoid of cabins. Vail Resorts reveals Coronavirus will cost
at least $180 million and the company is reviewing preciously announced capital expenditures including six planned lifts.
The Indy Pass will include at least 47 resorts for 2020-21. Though the Alaska cruise ship season is delayed until at least July 1st, Icy Strait Point
still plans to welcome passengers aboard its new gondola system. The website
is live for Saddleback 2.0. Timberline Mountain
now plans to unveil its reopening lift plans early next week. Construction continues on
New Zealand’s first D-Line and a three station gondola at Thredbo, Australia. One of Colorado’s Senators asks the Forest Service to
waive remaining 2020 rent payments for 122 ski areas located on National Forest lands. Skyline Investments, owner of two ski resorts and many other hospitality businesses,
reports record revenue but warns Coronavirus will have significant impacts including the possible closure of resorts through summer. Skytrac is the
low bidder for all three quads proposed for Gore and Whiteface Mountains.
Public comment opens for the proposed East Ridge expansion at Sunlight, which would occupy both public and private land. Frank DeBerry, head of Crystal Mountain,
provides context on the decision to limit weekend ticket sales. Tourist attractions in China shut down due to coronavirus,
including the iconic Ngong Ping 360 gondola. At Sugarbush,
Inverness will run in place of the Green Mountain Express some days as a result of a lightning strike and prolonged diesel operations. In New Zealand,
volcanic mud flow risk may require towers to be reinforced on the new Whakapapa gondola. The City of Oakland says an A’s stadium gondola is
far from a done deal. Baldy Mountain Resort closes
Sugarlump for days following alleged sabotage by a former employee. It reopened yesterday. The State of Maine
approves financing for the sale of Saddleback. A judge
okays the sale of Hermitage Club assets, including its six pack. Two more bidders emerge, including a group of former members. If Boyne wins the lift, it would be relocated to a New England mountain. Homewood acknowledges
multiple mechanical issues will prevent operation of its longest and tallest lift for the remainder of the season. Ikon Pass crowding concerns
make the . New York Times
Gondola transit in Pittsburgh? Promoters of a Staten Island gondola
seek public support. In Steamboat, leaders
talk about challenges facing the industry.
A skier dies after colliding with lift-related infrastructure at Snow Summit. Valemount Glacier Resort is
still a possibility.
Forbes profiles recent developments in fast-growing Big Sky. Win Smith explains why Sugarbush doesn’t need
any new lifts, what Les Otten got right and more.
Towers and terminals are rising in Puerto Vallarta, where a five station gondola will service a new theme park.
Neighbors aren’t happy about light and noise from Woodward Park City, though the new area was able to turn down the start alarm on the Hot Laps chairlift. Mt. Baldy in Thunder Bay, Ontario plans to buy a
new quad chair for next season. The City of Durango considers whether building a new chairlift at Chapman Hill makes sense at an
increasingly marginal elevation for natural snow. Spout Springs will
remain closed this season and is still for sale. Mexico City begins work on
Cablebús Line 2, a Leitner system with 7 stations, 308 cabins and 59 towers. (Line 1 is Doppelmayr and already under construction.) Seven people are injured and a gas station destroyed when a gondola haul rope being installed in Medellín, Colombia
lets loose. Alterra
closes on Sugarbush and Win Smith transitions from owner to employee. A French paraglider is lucky to survive being
caught in a platter lift‘s haul rope. To address crowding concerns, Crystal Mountain
eliminates walk up lift ticket sales on weekends and holidays, effective immediately. The resort will also no longer offer group discounts, gift card ticket redemptions or rental/ticket packages on weekends and holidays. New York State opens its newest gondola in Lake Placid, called the
SkyRide. Geyser Holdings
offers $4 million for the Hermitage Club and Boyne Resorts separately bids $3.6 million for the Barnstormer lift. An auction could be held next month. Skytrac’s Hilltrac people movers now feature
Sigma cabins. Montana Snowbowl
opens its Snow Park expansion for the first time. The owners of Perfect North Slopes plan to build at least
one new top-to-bottom lift at newly-acquired Timberline, West Virginia this summer. The State of Maine
postpones a decision on a loan guarantee related to the sale of Saddleback Mountain. A creditor claiming to be owed $62 million
files to foreclose on Granby Ranch. Edmonton urban gondola backers release
robust ridership projections. A gondola from Boise to Bogus Basin would
be too long and cost too much to be practical.