News Roundup: Vacation

Hello readers- for the next two weeks I am floating the Grand Canyon without access to the internet.  I’ve scheduled a few posts for my absence, otherwise lift blogging will resume Nov. 5th     –Peter from Flagstaff, Arizona.

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News Roundup: For Sale

News Roundup: Peak Pressure

  • Peak Resorts’ financial footing reportedly worsens¬†amid staff layoffs, reduced operations and spending cuts. ¬†The company owns 14 resorts across the Eastern U.S.
  • Leitner Ropeways celebrates 15 years of DirectDrive with 55 installations to date.
  • Poma has already delivered components for Zacatecas, Mexico’s new gondola but construction that was supposed to start in January has been delayed.
  • The 2002 Garaventa CTEC Chondola at Willamette Pass is still for sale along with the mountain’s¬†Midway triple. ¬†WP apparently can’t afford to maintain its only detachable lift and listed it for sale a year ago.
  • Le Relais also has 2 lifts¬†newly listed¬†(these are being removed to make way for a new six pack.)
  • LST¬†signs La Plagne¬†to launch the company’s¬†first detachable lift¬†next winter. MND Group CEO Xavier Gallot-Lavallee commented,¬†‚ÄúWe are delighted to announce the initial commercial success of our brand new range of detachable chairlifts. The new contract signed with SAP, a subsidiary of leading ski resort operator Compagnie des Alpes, confirms the benefits of the innovative technology that we have developed and positions MND as a leading market player.‚ÄĚ
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LST will debut unique new detachable chairs and terminals for a new six-pack chairlift in La Plagne.

Le Relais to Replace Three Lifts with a Six-Pack

I always find this time of year exciting as ski resorts announce new lifts projects, many of which catch me by surprise.  This week we learned Le Relais Ski Centre, located just outside Quebec City,  will replace three lifts with a Doppelmayr six-pack capable of moving a huge 3,600 skiers an hour. Two T-bars (a 1960s Mueller and 1987 Doppelmayr) as well as a fixed-grip quad (1987 Doppelmayr) will be removed.

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A project like this would normally re-use existing towers tubes, but Le Relais¬†has some¬†crazy¬†offset towers that support both their quad chair and 1987 T-Bar. ¬†Thus the six-pack will get¬†brand new towers in addition to 60 six-passenger chairs.¬† Slope length will be just under 3,000¬†feet with a vertical rise of 676′. The ride will take just three minutes at 5.1 m/s. ¬†A Chairkit loading carpet is included in the $5+ million lift, which¬†will be built at Doppelmayr’s plant just down the road in¬†St. Jerome. Congratulations to Le Relais Ski Centre and the Beaulieu family on what’s sure to be a huge hit with¬†guests.

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Lifts B, C and D will be removed.  Next season, Le Relais will operate two modern high-speed chairlifts and two platters.