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Looking back as Blackcomb turns 40. As Chair 1 reopens, 49 Degrees North provides a thorough update regarding what happened last weekend and the steps it’s taking to avoid future issues. Liftopia’s assets are acquired by a European firm. Arizona Snowbowl quietly opens the Arizona Gondola. More on the Eiger Express: Not only does it feature the first automated cargo loading on a passenger ropeway, but also a VIP cabin with boarding from a dedicated lounge (cost: $13,500 per year.) This interview with Hermitage Club manager Bill Benneyan includes tons of historical facts about Haystack and also Mountain Creek. The Club opens tomorrow for the first time in two and a half years. Mission Ridge works hard to complete the lift it brought over from Europe but cannot estimate a completion date. Residents seek to stop construction of Wasatch Peaks Ranch, a 3,000 acre private ski resort near Snowbasin. Leitner-Poma of America introduces Freedom Control, a wireless remote control for lifts. Public comments are being solicited for Big White’s new master plan, which includes a staggering amount of new terrain. Ski Magazine ranks top lift systems in the East. California effectively shuts down lodging in some ski regions. The new Broadway quad will carry its first passengers this weekend at Sun Valley. Zermatt and Doppelmayr prepare to launch the first unstaffed lift in Switzerland, a 10 passenger gondola. French ski resorts sue the government over closures. Holiday Valley pursues a tax break for its $4 million Yodeler Express project. A lawsuit seeking class action status alleges lift operators and other employees at Vail Resorts were not paid for use of personal equipment and time spent getting to and from work stations. Timberline Mountain relaunches tomorrow with both new chairlifts in operation. British Columbia’s Zincton Mountain Village releases new maps of its proposed layout. Les Otten courts environmental, social and governance investors as he tries to revive the northernmost ski area in New Hampshire. When asked about acquisitions on last night’s earnings call, Rob Katz said Vail is focused on positioning the company to be able to make the most of whatever opportunities may come over the next 12 months. Vail is forced to cancel some guest reservations and black out employee skiing in Colorado this weekend due to limited snow and terrain.
Alterra, Aspen, Arapahoe Basin and Boyne file a petition to force Liftopia into bankruptcy, claiming the company owes them a combined $3 million. The only North American ski resort accessible exclusively by aerial tramway will reopen at 30 percent capacity. Leitner-Poma is seeking installation labor for a major project at Nordic Valley, Utah. The Mont-Sainte-Anne gondola, which suffered two separate incidents before the Covid shutdown last winter, won’t operate this summer. High Country News profiles one group of workers’ quest to unionize at a Vail resort. The first concrete is poured for Arizona Snowbowl’s big new Telemix. Granby Ranch goes dark. The developer of American Dream, home to Big Snow, may be in trouble. An old Yan heads from Idaho to Mt. Baldy, California. The Indy Pass generated close to 9,000 skier visits last year. As Florida theme park Busch Gardens reopens, its gondola won’t be spinning. No word yet on the Disney Skyliner. Newly-purchased Bousquet Mountain will add a used Poma triple to replace its Summit Double this summer. Poma wins the contract to build $75 million urban gondola system in Grenoble, France. Hermitage Club founder Jim Barnes is still trying to appeal the sale of club assets to a member group. Leitner Ropeways releases its 2019 Annual Report.