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The first of many Omega 10 passenger gondola cabins
is spotted at Walt Disney World. Saddleback Mountain Foundation plans to
make a second offer for Maine’s third largest ski area, which has been closed for nearly three years. Santiago, Chile awards the contract for an $80 million, four station urban gondola
to Doppelmayr. The first indoor ski area in the Western Hemisphere plans to
open March 1, 2019 with a Doppelmayr CTEC quad chair and platter that were installed back in 2008.
A gondola is one option being considered to improve mobility in Little Cottonwood Canyon, home to Alta, Snowbird and lots of traffic. A Basin’s Al Henceroth
updates us on Norway’s removal and hints more lift changes may be in store for Lenawee Mountain. Members of Congress from four states
pen a letter to the Forest Service asking for Arizona Snowbowl to be reopened or further explanation given as to why its extended closure is necessary. Doppelmayr
scores another project in Canada – a $1.8 million fixed-grip quad with loading carpet at Sugarloaf, New Brunswick. Rope evacuating 20-25 mountain bikers turns into a
four hour affair at Marquette Mountain. Ikon Pass
destination number 27 is Thredbo, Australia. Jumbo Glacier Resort
is fighting to reinstate its construction permit. A spokesman for the new owners of Maple Valley, Vermont says
reopening for skiing is a long term goal that could take many years to accomplish. Loveland
seeks a good name for the new Lift 1. Loon Mountain is buying brand new CWA Omega cabins for its
gondola this fall. Tremblant
says goodbye to the Lowell Thomas triple, making way for a detachable quad. The first Hermitage Club
property auction yields a $1.2 million winning bid. “There will be more of these coming up,” says the Windham County Sheriff. A breakdown at the Jasper SkyTram leads to an
18 hour helicopter evacuation of 160 guests.
The State of Pennsylvania looks to spend
$7.8 million on new lifts at Denton Hill, where a Riblet triple, Hall double and two platter lifts last spun in 2014. A private operator is also being sought. Maple Valley, Vermont – last operated in 2000 with three Hall lifts – sells to a
new ownership group. As Aspen Mountain prepares to reinvent Lift One, the
Aspen Daily News traces the remarkable history of the original. Doppelmayr will build and operate a $64 million
urban 3S gondola in Moscow. The Portland Aerial Tram is set to close for five weeks in June and July while the
track ropes are slipped downhill. Leitner commissions the first
2S gondola with DirectDrive in South Korea. As the public comment period nears its end, California Express
faces critics. Under the
proposed Hermitage Club receivership, FTI Consulting would maintain properties but wouldn’t reopen the mountain for skiing next winter. The Club objects to some of the proposal even though the receivership would be dissolved if Berkshire Bank is paid in full or the assets auctioned off.
This guy is lucky to be okay and probably won’t be allowed back to Squaw Valley for a long time. Boston’s Seaport gondola proposal might be
in trouble. The Forest Service gives a final
green light to Purgatory’s Gelande lift project although construction this summer is uncertain. Hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum coming into the United States from the European Union, Canada and Mexico take effect at
midnight tonight. North America’s newest urban gondolas, built by Poma in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo, carried
41,000 riders in their first 18 hours last week.
Colorado posts its second best season with nearly
12 million skier days. Vermont was up 21 percent year-over-year and New Hampshire went +30 percent. Valemount opening
pushes back to 2019-2020.
Rumors swirl of possible lift surveys at Saddleback. Doppelmayr Cable Car and Transport for London extend operations & maintenance contract for the Emirates Air Line for
another five years. The government of Venezuela owes Garaventa
$14.5 million! Belleayre’s Catskill Thunder Gondola will be a Doppelmayr opening
this December. Partek’s only 2017 project is
underway at Mt. Peter. Peak Resorts plans to spend $9 million to expand Hunter Mountain and add a
new high-speed chairlift in 2018.
Arapahoe Basin and Sugarloaf prove even relatively small lift projects make for interesting off-season reading. Vermont’s defunct Maple Valley is
for sale along with three Hall lifts for $950,000. Val Gardena, Italy is the launch customer for Sigma’s innovative
Symphony 10 gondola cabin and the new Leitner station. Could North Korea’s ski resort with counterfeit and relocated Doppelmayr lifts
host Olympic skiing? Doppelmayr removes Wildcat at Snowbasin to make way for Utah’s first six-pack outside of Park City. Thanks
@ozskier for the photos!