Instagram Tuesday: Lifted

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

Day one, complete. What a day it was. #iheartwh2o

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Happy Monday from Beaver Creek! _ Photo taken this afternoon by @jresnick215

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Instagram Tuesday: Wintry

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

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Instagram Tuesday: Metropolitan

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

Sunday Line work. #portland #portlandaerialtram #liftmaintenance #pnw #linework

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News Roundup: 2019

  • Valemount Glacier Destinations says it’s¬†in talks with both Leitner-Poma and Doppelmayr for construction of phase one lifts in 2018-19.
  • SE Group to present¬†nine alignment options¬†for a new Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain.
  • La Paz breaks ground on its 17th and 18th gondolas, set to open in 2019.
  • The Saddleback sale still hasn’t closed and an update suggests a shift in focus from¬†building new lifts¬†to reopening with a limited number of existing ones.
  • Here’s a great rundown of Sigma’s¬†new Symphony 10 gondola cabin, which complements the Diamond series.
  • In surprise announcement, Teton Pass says it¬†won’t open this winter.¬† This awesome but remote Montana resort has¬†a 1973 SLI double¬†and a number of used chairlifts in the parking lot for possible expansion.

  • New Zealand’s longest chairlift will reopen December 5th, nine months after a wildfire burned chairs and ruined the haul rope.
  • Forest Service releases draft¬†draft Environmental Assessment for Alta’s Baldy tram, Flora lift and Wildcat/Sunnyside replacement projects.¬† Final¬†public comment¬†is now open.
  • World’s largest gold producer proposes building a ski resort¬†with up to 18 lifts on a former mine site near Hope, BC.
  • The Economist looks at why Latin American countries build¬†so many urban gondolas.
  • The Grand Canyon Escalade bill goes before the Navajo Nation Council on Tuesday and needs a two-thirds majority to pass.
  • Squaw Alpine names 13,000-foot interconnect gondola¬†California Express, plans 2019 opening.

News Roundup: Retirements

  • Telluride weighs building at least one big detachable next summer as the Forest Service tentatively approves¬†replacements for Plunge, Sunshine Express and Village Express.
  • White Pass, WA retires its platter in favor of a 380‚Äô carpet.
  • LiftDigital goes live for testing at Winter Park.
  • Taos says goodbye to two more chairlifts – that‚Äôs four in one summer!
  • Song Mountain, NY is replacing its 1965 Thunderbird T-Bar with a chairlift.¬† Anyone know where it’s from?
  • The Rainforest Adventures crew gets one Skytrac¬†back in action¬†and¬†works to repair¬†the other following Irma’s devastation of St. Maarten.
  • Scroll through¬†these photos¬†of a new high-speed quad in Switzerland with four stations, three sections, two haul ropes and only one drive!
  • Albany gondola group to be led by former chief executive of the New York State Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration¬†Thomas Madison, Jr.
  • Authorities briefly¬†seize Granby Ranch, site of last season’s fatal lift incident, over delinquent taxes.
  • Spout Springs¬†in Oregon¬†won’t open¬†for a second year in a row and remains for sale.
  • Mi Telef√©rico‚Äôs Orange Line did 93,847 riders its first weekend.
  • Frank F. sent over these photos of the new Skytrac Buttercup Quad going in at Mt. Hood Meadows:

Record Fifth Urban Gondola Opens in La Paz

There’s quite a party in the urban gondola capital of the world tonight as Mi Telef√©rico (My Cable Car) opens the Bolivian capital’s fifth urban gondola line.  The L√≠nea Naranja (Orange Line) carried its first public passengers just after 6:00 pm and will serve some 30,000 La Paz commuters daily.  Joining the Red, Yellow, Green and Blue lines already in service, the new 10-passenger Doppelmayr system features the world’s first underground gondola station and amenities such as free Wi-Fi, video monitoring and cabin lighting.  As La Paz builds out its eleven-line subway in the sky, the Orange Line forms an impressive continuous gondola route 6.1 miles long with the Blue and Red lines.

Like its predecessors, the newest line is technically two gondolas with four stations, a combined 26 towers and 127 cabins representing a $66 million investment.  One way ride time is 9.5 minutes with a capacity of 3,000 passengers per hour, per direction.  The project uses a mix of UNI-G and tunnel-style terminals built into modern station buildings.

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News Roundup: Another LST

  • Mi Telef√©rico announces it will transport its hundred millionth commuter in early December, three and a half years after opening La Paz’s first urban gondola. ¬†Eight gondolas now operate with two more forming the Orange Line set to¬†debut September 29th. The White Line will follow in the first quarter of 2018 and the network will transport some 50 million passengers next year.
  • Waterville Valley receives approval¬†to build a T-Bar this fall in place of the High Country double. ¬†It’s the second North American project for LST Ropeways, the French company that collaborated with Skytrac to build the Valar T-Bar at nearby Cannon Mountain last year (an arrangement made before Leitner-Poma bought Skytrac.)
  • Saddleback begins removal of the¬†Rangeley double in preparation for its replacement. ¬†The¬†Cupsuptic T-Bar¬†will now be repaired rather than replaced, providing access to the Kennebago quad¬†until¬†Rangeley is complete. ¬†‚ÄúThe scope of this project is partially what drove the decision to repair versus replace the T-Bar,‚ÄĚ Saddleback says. ¬†‚ÄúIf we had replaced both, there is a chance that there would not be any skiing this year if early snow arrived.‚ÄĚ

  • LST’s first detachable lift, which opened on July 29th in La Plagne, closed August 17th, apparently so adjustments can be made before winter.
  • Gould Academy’s new T-Bar¬†on Locke Mountain at Sunday River will cost an estimated $750,000 and serve up to 1,200 racers per hour, rising 815 vertical feet.
  • Sugarbush’s two new Alpen Stars are coming right along.
  • Jackson Hole’s Sweetwater Gondola cabins are going inside this winter. 

     

     

  • Could a gondola from Windsor, Ontario help Detroit land Amazon‚Äôs second HQ?
  • Now’s your chance to weigh in on New York’s proposed Capital District Gondola.
  • The latest from St. Maarten, where a chairlift-based adventure park was slated to open just days after Hurricane Irma hit:

Instagram Tuesday: Upward

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

Look what we did yesterday… #WinterIsComing

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News Roundup: Oops

  • Belleayre’s new gondola may not have much vertical but will be more than 6,700 feet long.
  • New photo tours of the upcoming Orange and White lines in La Paz show how gondolas can be adapted to the urban landscape with innovative station designs.
  • Urban gondolas were¬†profiled prominently in Sunday’s New York Times.
  • Skytrac will finish the Stagecoach lift¬†at Big Sky this fall, a project which Moonlight Basin began in 2008. ¬†In addition, Challenger and the Tram are getting new haul ropes and Powder Seeker a chair storage facility. ¬†Thanks William Bryan for the photos.
  • At Spanish Peaks, the Flatiron lift will be next to go in.
  • BMF drops one of the Brest Cable Car’s cabins from a crane while performing annual maintenance. ¬†One-cabin operation will continue while Gangloff builds a new one over the next six to nine months.
  • Taos releases renderings of its re-imagined learning center featuring new Leitner-Poma and Skytrac lifts.
  • Thank you Michael Weise for these sweet photos of Eldora’s six-pack progress:

Instagram Tuesday: Towering

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