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demolishes the Rangeley double to make room for its upcoming high speed quad. Debt-laden Ski Granby Ranch
lays off all its employees and won’t issue refunds to guests with canceled vacations. The $2.2 trillion phase three stimulus package passed by Congress
doesn’t include assistance specifically for ski areas but there is hope phase four might. Vail Resorts
borrows more than $500 million from existing lines of credit in order to increase its cash position and maintain financial flexibility during the outbreak. While many Leitner-Poma staffers work from home,
a skeleton crew continues production.
Even in hard-hit Italy, one major lift customer plans to commence construction as soon as the immediate health danger has passed. Many Doppelmayr employees are also
working from home and production continues in Wolfurt. Aspen Snowmass intends to complete all capital projects as planned this summer including the
$10.8 million Big Burn chairlift. Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz personally
donates $2.5 million to mountain community charities and an employee assistance fund.
Yet another lift project cancelled by Vail Resorts: replacement of Peachtree at Crested Butte this summer.
NSAA estimates costs from early closings and lost pass sales will exceed $2 billion in the United States and forecasts capital spending will plunge 50 percent this year. Magic Mountain’s Geoff Hatheway offers a
small ski area perspective on COVID-19. Coronavirus
may impact the review timeline for Snow King Mountain’s proposed expansion and other projects on Forest Service lands. Katharina Schmitz officially
takes the reigns of Doppelmayr USA from Mark Bee, who retired on March 31st. Boyne Resorts estimates
$22 million in lost revenue as a result of this winter’s abrupt end. The Vietnamese developer behind both the world’s longest and tallest 3S gondolas plans another
island-hopping 3S in the country’s north.
MND Group subsidiary
LST will build its third US ropeway this summer, a T-Bar replacing this Hall one in McCall, Idaho. Copper confirms the
new American Flyer will get more towers to “ support and optimize” the lift. This
incredible timelapse of the longest lift in the world gets a lot of attention on Reddit. US skiers and snowboarders came out
59.1 million times this season, a nearly 11 percent increase over 2017-18 and the fourth best participation ever. The National Ski Areas Association launches
a charitable foundation to grant money to resort employees to attend conferences such as LMS and RMLA. West Virginia’s closed Timberline Four Seasons Resort
files for bankruptcy. A Vermont sheriff can
no longer find Hermitage Club founder Jim Barnes to serve him with legal papers related to the ski resort’s closure. In Serbia, Poma will realize the longest gondola in the world at
5.6 miles in two sections. The year round, high speed quad-served bike park experiment in New Zealand gets a
$3.3 million government bailout to keep operating. If you want a retired Steamboat Gondola cabin, Sunshine Polishing
is acquiring 105 of them. Bogus Basin’s old Riblet chairs are selling for an average price of
I’m in Colorado for a few days checking out this year’s new lifts. There are six!
seeks a name for its new six-pack. While we wait for D-Line to come to North America, check out
this one going up in Austria.
Fly day photos from Pats Peak show major Skytrac upgrades to Ascutney’s old Snowdance triple. I was asked by ANSI to link to the new
B77.1-2017 Standard for Passenger Ropeways, which replaces the 2011 version. See how Sun Valley
swaps a haul rope. Connecticut’s Woodbury Ski Area, with one 1976 Hall double, is
for sale. As NSAA weighs its future again,
industry leaders chime in anonymously on aging lifts and more. Proposed Steamboat budget
includes $3.78 million to replace the Burrows chairlift at Howelsen Hill with a fixed-grip quad in 2019.
Powder and others spread headlines that Colorado resorts are adding more roller coasters than chairlifts this season. However they missed Copper Mountain’s new high-speed quad and counted Vail Resorts’ four new detachables separately from Colorado Ski Country USA. The state as a whole is actually adding its most new lifts since 2013 (six) and fewer mountain coasters (four.)