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talk six-packs with the Vail Daily. Heavenly’s
Comet Express remains closed following a Jan. 1st rope evacuation, apparently due to a gearbox issue. This is one of the reasons Vail Resorts is replacing its fleet of 1980s-vintage detachable quads. Doppelmayr and the United Nations are hosting a week-long
urban mobility ropeway class in April. The
New York Times tells the tale of Big Sky Resort. Ski patroller severely injured in
fall from chair at Terry Peak.
Gondola proposed to serve airport in Vietnam’s congested largest city. BC Parks considers a
gondola to Mt. Seymour to alleviate parking and traffic problems.
Ski Area Management‘s lift construction survey dropped this week. Highlights from its outlook for 2017:
“We’re off to a strong year for ’17, there are lots of people asking about lifts…It’s very positive compared to the previous two years.” – Jon Mauch, Senior Sales Manager at Leitner-Poma
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm about what could happen under a Trump administration. People expect deregulation and a more business-friendly climate.” – Mark Bee, President at Doppelmayr USA
“We’re seeing lots of requests quotes, lots of major modifications and retrofits…It’s all being driven by the age of the existing lift infrastructure.” – Carl Skylling, General Manager at Skytrac I’ve already identified
29 new lifts likely to be built in 2017, pacing well above the last few years for mid-January. Slovakian manufacturer
Tatralift debuts its third detachable lift using a Wopfner grip. That makes seven companies capable of building a detachable lift globally – Bartholet, BMHRI (China), Doppelmayr/Garaventa (Austria), Leitner– Poma (Italy), LST (France), STM (Turkey) and Tatralift (Slovakia.)