- The Town of Jackson, Wyoming inches closer to approving the Snow King Gondola five years after it was first proposed.
- Aspen Skiing Company eliminates nearly 50 positions citing the “ever shifting Covid landscape.”
- The Miami Dolphins won’t operate their SkyView stadium gondola this NFL season.
- In New Zealand, ski resorts say they are not the mask police.
- Alps resorts prepare to reopen this month.
- The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board grants a variance for a new Telemix on Aspen Mountain.
- Ikon Pass holders will need a reservation to visit certain resorts this season while other mountains will not require reservations and more are still deciding.
- Big Sky’s Lone Peak Tram will be open this winter but guests may be allowed to boot pack to the summit as an alternative.
- A second indoor ski resort for the United States moves ahead near DC.
- Aspen Snowmass and other creditors will appeal a judge’s decision to keep Liftopia out of bankruptcy.
- Some Canadians aren’t happy with Vail’s pandemic-era customer service.
- Magic Mountain, Idaho is threatened by a wildfire.
- A study finds the proposed Oakland Athletics gondola would carry a million riders a year and generate $685 million in economic activity.
- This summer’s construction projects are just the beginning for the new Saddleback Mountain.
- A planned urban gondola in Los Angeles get a fresh name and website as it prepares for environmental review.
- Leitner Ropeways will build New Zealand’s first eight passenger chairlift.
- The Utah Department of Transportation continues to refine alternatives for Little Cottonwood Canyon and will release a report this fall.
- Great Bear solicits bids for a new chairlift.
News Roundup: Master Plans
- Sunrise Park Resort will develop a master plan to address infrastructure challenges and might build a chondola.
- Leitner submits the lowest bid for Mexico City’s upcoming Cablebus gondola system.
- Three months since it was rope evacuated, SeaWorld San Diego’s Bayside Skyride remains closed.
- The Indy Pass is up to 24 resorts.
- Leitner supplied 43 ropeway systems last year, 77 percent of which were detachable and 80 percent of which carry more than four passengers per carrier.
- Doppelmayr has a new WIR issue and the 2019 yearbook is out.
- Timberline’s bankruptcy filing will prevent a scheduled receivership hearing from taking place.
- The new Oakland A’s ballpark, which includes a gondola component, receives one key approval.
- Poma’s 2018 Reference Book is also out along with a new Pomalink highlighting Copper’s new combination lift.
- The largest Hermitage Club creditor is seeking an August auction.
- One of the biggest lost ski areas in Colorado, Cuchara, is now publicly owned with a master plan for two new chairlifts.
- Omega V may not yet be in the United States but miniature versions are already available.
- Ski resort employees are among the most likely to be injured on the job in the United States, behind only nursing home workers and motor home manufacturing employees.
- Cascade Mountain’s North Wall lift is for sale.
- White Pass’ old platter is still up for grabs.
- The Forest Service releases its environmental assessment of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Hellroaring Basin project.
Oakland Athletics Unveil 3S Gondola Concept
One of the Bay Area’s two Major League Baseball teams is looking at building the first 3S gondola in the United States. The $123 million system would transport up to 6,000 passengers per hour and direction between downtown Oakland and a new waterfront ballpark, becoming one of the highest capacity lift systems in the world in 2023. Thirteen or so 35 passenger cabins would depart approximately every 21 seconds at full speed, yielding a three minute trip from the BART regional train network to the stadium near Jack London Square. The gondola would be feature just one tower between stations thanks to tricable technology, which can traverse large spans while achieving high throughput.
A’s President Dave Kaval noted at a Saturday press conference, “I think anyone’s who’s sat in traffic in the Bay Area, which is everybody, realizes there’s a need for new, innovative transportation options.” He continued, “In terms of transportation systems, we feel [a gondola] is a great investment and a great way to open up this part of the city and remove that original barrier of the 880 that cut off the waterfront from downtown Oakland.” Over the first ten years of operation, the gondola could generate $685 million in economic benefits through construction work, new jobs, increased taxable sales and time savings for commuters according to a study completed by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. The lift would service an estimated on million riders a year with an operating cost of $4.6 million.
Oakland is already home to two cable-driven transportation systems, both built by Doppelmayr. A monocable detachable gondola links new and old sections of the Oakland Zoo and a $484 million ropeway people mover links the Oakland Airport to a nearby BART station. The Athletics’ 3S would be the first installation of its kind in America, unless the Los Angeles Dodgers beat them to the punch. “We are in discussion with a few companies and plan to select our partner soon,” says Kaval.