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The Summit at Snoqualmie shuts
Hidden Valley for the season due to an “ unusual mechanical problem.” Sugarloaf closes
King Pine due to a sheave assembly issue. Dave Brownlie, former head of Whistler Blackcomb and current Revelstoke President,
weighs in on the state of the British Columbia ski industry and his company’s plans for Grouse Mountain.
The Colorado Sun interviews three Colorado resort pioneers about industry trends and challenges. As the gondola at Mont-Sainte-Anne
reopens, the resort says an external power issue caused last month’s sudden stop. A lawsuit has been filed and the power company denies responsibility. Just the
Leitner portion of Mexico City’s new urban gondola network will feature seven stations and 300 cabins. Experienced resort executives Andy and Jace Wirth
may take over operations at Granby Ranch. Limited Ikon/Mountain Collective visits to Arapahoe Basin are
69 percent lower than unlimited Epic visits last year and the “experience is way up,” says Al Henceroth. Another
informative podcast from Stuart Winchester features an executive from Mountain Creek and Big Snow talking about the next new lift and a possible Big Snow Miami. Smugglers’ Notch
has no intentions of losing its independence or ditching its fleet of fixed grip double chairs. Whitefish will begin work in Hellroaring Basin this summer and move the current
Hellroaring triple to a new alignment in 2021.
sells to Wisconsin Resorts, the firm behind Pine Knob, Mt. Holly and Ski Bittersweet in Michigan as well as Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. Mike Solimano of Killington
reveals what three lifts he would upgrade if given $100 million to spend at The Beast. The new Winter Park gondola is creatively named
Gondola. Grand Junction’s NBC affiliate takes viewers
inside the factory where Leitner-Poma lifts are created. The two stage Blackcomb Gondola is almost finished; thanks Max for these pictures.
Next up for Ramcharger 8 at Big Sky: installation of an in-terminal video wall and the haul rope, which is going up right now. Beech Mountain commissions its
twin fixed grip quads.
Freeskier looks at Alterra’s whirlwind growth and future trajectory. Rope pulling
commences tonight at Walt Disney World, 24 years to the day since the Disneyland Skyway cable was taken down for good. This week’s new trail map comes from
Hunter Mountain. In an act of sabotage, someone cuts into three haul ropes at a Pyrenees ski resort.
With The Beavers expansion, Arapahoe Basin ditches painted trail map for
a VistaMap. The BBC produces a fantastic
23-minute podcast explaining the success of Mexicable, the newest urban gondola built by Leitner Ropeways. You can watch Belleayre’s gondola take shape live on their
webcam. More recent photos are here. The New York State Fair’s Broadway Skyliner appears to be
a relocated Stadeli. I’m thinking it’s Bucksaw from Sugarloaf.
The latest from Orlando. SNOW Operating to
take over operations at Mountain Creek. To compensate for a late July gondola opening, Steamboat
extends “summer” season until late October.
Bob Wheaton says being part of a larger resort group will allow Deer Valley to negotiate better prices on lifts. Lift operator and friends sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $96,000 in restitution for
stealing and selling $116,000 in lift downtime vouchers from top shacks at Heavenly and Northstar. Vail Resorts has since changed the way it handles the vouchers companywide.
seeks extension for permit to replace Red Dog lift. MND Group turnover increases
15.1 percent year-over-year. The company aims to double sales by 2020 partially through LST Ropeways subsidiary. Referencing the new Cannon Mountain T-Bar in the latest magazine, MND notes “success has enabled LST to penetrate the US market, paving the way for other promising opportunities.” Doppelmayr will begin building its
next tri-cable gondola in December. Who would have guessed Kenya would get a 3S before the United States! Forest Service gives final
green light for Breckenridge and Keystone six-place upgrades. A
slow landslide continues to move tower 6 of the Barrows lift at Howelsen Hill. SE Group
will study placement of Aspen Mountain’s future Lift 1A.
Denver Post publishes two part interview with Larry Smith of the CPTSB re: Granby Ranch. The
LiftDigital safety bar display system with integrated Wi-Fi will launch in Colorado for 2017-18.
New PomaLink newsletter features the Grand Canyon Express and a six-station gondola at a zoo in China. Poma’s
2016 Reference Book includes LPOA installations but not Skytrac ones. Mountain Creek files for
bankruptcy protection with debts totaling $40+ million including $500,000 balance on 2012 Partek chairlift loan. One of Heavenly’s original 1962 tram cars is for sale. Email me if you’re interested.
Artur Doppelmayr died Friday at
age 95. May he rest in peace.