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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!
Foundation work is starting for Disney gondolas. Partek will build a
fixed-grip quad at Mt. Peter, NY this summer. East River Skyway proposal
expanded to five phases with more possible stations. Belleayre
bid documents suggest December 2017 completion and a name for gondola: Catskill Thunder. Funding was approved Monday though I’m told a manufacturer has not yet been awarded the contract. NY State Fair gondola
is also funded, separate from a chairlift to be built there by SkyTrans Manufacturing this summer. Lee Canyon seeks approval to build two new quad chairs
in new places.
Work to resume on Poma gondola in Zacatecas, Mexico with commissioning scheduled for September. Gould Academy may build
a T-Bar up Monday Mourning at Sunday River. Intrawest stock hits
record high amid acquisition rumblings. A Yan detachable
still operates with original grips in Spain. Quebec announces
$70 million in subsidies to support infrastructure investments at ski resorts in the province, including lift upgrades.
SEC filing shows exactly how much CNL Lifestyle Properties paid for each of the 16 ski resorts it owns. The most valuable was Northstar at $80.1 million with Loon Mountain selling for just $15.5 million. The Gatlinburg Sky Lift operation went for a whopping $19.9 million! Bridger Bowl to
sell chairs from Virginia City if buyer falls through. Interalpin, the every-other-year mountain technology nerd fest
is April 26-28. If rent payments to the federal government are any indication,
Colorado is booming.
Flying demo tent gets hung up on Stowe gondola. Staff at Barcelona’s urban gondola
will strike. In addition to completing the Green Lift, Magic Mountain will install a
new motor and drive for the Black Lift and return capacity to three per chair. Lift Blog reaches
1,000 Instagram followers, 700 Facebook fans and 1,000,000 page views. Thank you to everyone who has supported me with this project over the last two years.