Instagram Tuesday: Alpha

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

That escalated quickly #SmokyMountains #Gatlinburg #SkyLift #SkiLift #Tennessee

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News Roundup: Base-to-Base

  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows CEO Andy Wirth and landowner Troy Caldwell held a Base-to-Base Gondola open house and Q&A last week presenting lots of new details. The Red Dog replacement project won’t happen until the gondola alignment is finalized.
  • The Balsams files site plans for construction of a gondola and more beginning as soon as this fall.
  • Subaru Skyride debuts at the Indiana State Fair. ¬†Can anyone identify the manufacturer?
  • Owners of Lutsen say¬†$40 million expansion will compel more skiers to stay in the Midwest instead of trekking to Colorado.
  • Still no sign of lift construction at Saddleback.
  • Two people apparently were injured riding a lift at Montage Mountain last weekend.
  • Following the successful launch of a Poma gondola to the Kuelap fortress, Peru’s government to¬†study building a cable car to Machu Picchu.
  • Snowbasin is adding a tower to the currently towerless Allen Peak Tram¬†to increase clearance and reduce closures during storm cycles.
  • Keystone drops Making Montezuma episode 2.
  • Disney Skyliner gondola construction prep continues.
  • Sunshine Village reopens its gondola tomorrow after an 11-day fire closure.
  • First pictures emerge of Steamboat’s gondola rebuild. ¬†Notice downloading capacity is now only six per cabin.
  • The City of Elko will take over Elko Snobowl.
  • Steamboat City Council reviews vision for Howelsen Hill¬†which includes $1.54 million for a new, realigned Barrows chairlift.
  • An Eldo Express update¬†from Eldora.
  • Ditto from Stoneham.

News Roundup: Pass Wars

  • The latest Wir¬†highlights Doppelmayr Connect, various¬†drive¬†concepts and the Sweetwater Gondola.
  • U.S.¬†skier visits climbed 3.7 percent¬†last season to 54.7 million. ¬†479 ski areas operated in 2016-17, up from 464.
  • Silverton Mountain is¬†not a fan¬†of the Epic Pass.
  • Royal Gorge Bridge & Park considers chairlift down to the Arkansas River.
  • Intrawest re-invested 8 percent of revenues at its resorts between 2013 and 2017 (compared with 11 percent across Vail Resorts.) ¬†The company had¬†173 interested buyers, 16 of which were ski industry players.
  • Early summer update¬†from the Magic Mountain rebirth and Green Chair project.
  • Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group buys Frey AG Stans, a leading global provider of ropeway control systems.
  • Lifts from the defunct Talisman Mountain Resort have been sold; one is headed to Sunridge, Alberta.
  • Granby Ranch investigation¬†update.
  • LA mayor suggests¬†gondola to the Hollywood sign from Universal Studios.
  • Ghost Town in Maggie Valley, NC goes up¬†for sale, including Carlevaro-Savio chairlift that last operated in 2012.
  • Nonprofit nearing purchase of¬†Frost Fire, ND, hopes to repair two chairlifts and reopen skiing next winter.
  • Government considers building¬†world’s longest gondola into the¬†world’s largest cave¬†in Vietnam.
  • Here’s a recap of what we missed at Interalpin.
  • Lutsen Mountains’ six-lift expansion plan¬†moves forward.
  • The Denver Post¬†reports¬†a joint Aspen/Intrawest/KSL/Mammoth pass is in the works for 2018-19, meaning the Mountain Collective could lose¬†seven members¬†and 43 percent of its lifts. ¬†The MAX Pass might¬†fare better,¬†losing the six Intrawest resorts and 85 lifts (20 percent.) ¬†I chart one scenario below.

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Instagram Tuesday: Summer Nights

Every Tuesday, we pick our favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

#steamboatsprings sunset Trailhead Lodge Gondolas @wyndhamvacationrentals #steamboatresort #snapsteamboat

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Instagram Tuesday: Fireworks

Happy New Year, Sugarloafers! #theloaf #happynewyear #fireworks #skitheeast

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Ride in style on the new Gondolas between Eagle Mountain and Moose Mountain ūüéŅūüŹā#skiresort

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News Roundup: Peak Buys Another

  • The first non-prototype photos of Doppelmayr’s new detachable terminal¬†that will replace the Uni-G model over the next few years. ¬†It’s certainly different; note the huge¬†windows, Frey controls and stairs instead of ladders on the Kirchenkarbahn’s terminals. ¬†Thanks for the head’s up, snowtirol.
  • Maine’s chief tramway inspector releases his¬†report with pictures on the¬†King Pine rollback and Sugarloaf’s GM¬†responds. ¬†Eight months after the incident, the replacement drive terminal¬†is nearly finished.
  • Doppelmayr Garaventa Group¬†revenue was down 7.5% to $841 million in fiscal 2015 while the company’s global employee headcount rose to 2,546.
  • Still more bad press¬†surrounding Saddleback and the resort’s asking¬†price is down to $9.5 million¬†for 2,000 acres. ¬†Meanwhile Boyne offers passholders in the lurch¬†last spring’s rates on New England Passes.
  • Peak Resorts, the fourth largest operator of lifts in North America, buys Hunter Mountain for $36.8 million. ¬†After the deal closes the publicly-traded company will operate 14 ski resorts with 153 lifts in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.
  • Two different models of LPOA chairs going up¬†at¬†Okemo¬†and Purgatory.
  • West Mountain demonstrates an old lift can be new again¬†with help from Leitner-Poma, SkyTrac, Green Mountain Control Systems and Alpine Engineering.
  • They call it ‘The Beast’ for a reason. ¬†Killington¬†opened for skiing on October 19th and is running 240 snow guns nightly,¬†all while flying concrete¬†and¬†adding a mid-station¬†to their Snowdon triple. ¬†The 1973 Heron-Poma¬†is evidently¬†going to stick around for awhile. ¬†Fun fact: Snowdon had a mid-station in nearly the same spot which¬†was removed in 1990.
  • Lutsen’s recently retired¬†Hall Skycruiser gondola cabins sold out in 4 minutes¬†on Cyber Monday for $1200 each. ¬†A new gondy opens to passengers December 11th after a brief delay. ¬†If you missed out on the $1200 gondola cabins, you can still get someone¬†a $150 double chair¬†this holiday season.

News Roundup: First Chairs

  • Hanging carriers at Powderhorn,¬†Snowmass, Sipapu¬†and¬†Lutsen.
  • Leitner-Poma Alpha¬†motor room arrives at Okemo.
  • No lift inspections, no updates and no comment from Maine’s third largest ski resort. The last post on their Facebook page was Oct. 17th.
  • The Balsams will not break ground this year as originally planned but still hopes for a 2016-17 opening with a mix of new and existing lifts.
  • Leitner-Poma would supply¬†a gondola proposed to run¬†from Queenstown to The Remarkables¬†on the South Island of New Zealand. ¬†L-P built The Remarkables’ flagship six-pack “Curvy Basin Express” in 2014. ¬†The new gondola system would span 6.1 miles in two sections and take 27 minutes to ride¬†with a potential opening in 2018. ¬†It would feature an impressive 4,200 foot vertical rise and 140 8-passenger cabins from Sigma.
  • Sunshine Village cuts the ribbon¬†on¬†Canada’s first new bubble chair since 1999. ¬†Tee Pee Town LX (Luxury eXpress) also has the first seat heating in Canada. ¬†Congratulations to Sunshine on completing¬†one of the most¬†modern lift fleets¬†on the continent while others curate lift museums.

News Roundup: Panoramabahn

  • I passed a Doppelmayr drive terminal on I-80 last week. ¬†Now I know where it was going: Sugarloaf.
  • More pictures from Lutsen Mountains of their new gondola. ¬†The old Hall Skycruiser is still standing parallel to her replacement.
  • Haul rope and commline go up at Okemo.
  • North Korea’s Masik Pass ski resort looks to have gotten a¬†base-to-summit gondola¬†this summer based on recent satellite imagery. ¬†Perhaps¬†another counterfeit Doppelmayr?
Creeping on North Korea’s ski lift construction in Google Earth yields a new building at the summit of Masik Pass. ¬†It looks to house a detachable lift terminal with a lift line stretching all the way to the base area with towers and gondola cabins also visible. ¬† The existing summit double is on the lower right.
  • In British Columbia, first Crystal Mountain and¬†now Mt. Baldy will not open this season. Baldy has a T-Bar, Mueller double, and 2007 Leitner-Poma quad that last operated in 2013.
  • SkyTrac load tests at Pomerelle. ¬†One more to go at Arizona Snowbowl.

News Roundup: Finishing Up

  • Take a¬†photo tour of Doppelmayr’s new six pack and new-used double chair at Sugar Mountain, North Carolina. ¬†Looks like it will have 90-degree loading and unloading.
  • Views from the air of Snowmass’ new High Alpine detachable quad and Arizona Snowbowl’s new SkyTrac.
  • The Gondola Project has a new interactive map showing the world’s urban ropeway systems.
  • Speaking of urban gondolas, Poma won a $70 million contract for a 10-passenger gondola in Santo Domingo, the capitol of the Dominican Republic. ¬†Looks like this one will be built in Europe even though it’s not that far from Miami (where coincidentally Leitner-Poma is currently building an airport people mover.)
  • The last rides on Lutsen Mountains’ Hall Skycruiser gondola will be this Sunday, October 18th. ¬†The gondola is coming down this fall along with the Bull and Eagle double chairs.

Instagram Tuesday: Wheels

Leitner Poma HQ Manufacturing #leitnerpoma #bestweldersinthecountry

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Tower sheaves for @skipurg #leitnerpoma #skilifts #bestweldersinthecountry

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