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In a decision the
Durango Herald calls a “bombshell,” the Forest Service proposes granting road access to the controversial Village at Wolf Creek, which would include two new lifts near Wolf Creek Ski Area’s new Meadow quad. Magic Mountain’s new Green lift is
set to debut this winter but the Black Line Quad may not spin until 2019. Tawatinaw Valley, a county-owned ski hill in Alberta with three T-Bars, will
go out of business on October 1st due to continued losses. The price of steel is up
up 33 percent in the United States so far this year and companies like Caterpillar and Polaris are increasing prices as a result. The first Doppelmayr/Garaventa lift with D-Line cubic glass enclosures
comes together in Switzerland. A Yan triple from Squaw Valley
hits the market in Idaho (looks like East Broadway, retired in 2012.)
Loveland’s new high-speed quad gets a name:
Chet’s Dream. Opening of the Transbay Transit Center tramway in San Francisco
slips to September. A refurbished Riblet quad from the closed ski resort in Drumheller Valley, Alberta goes up
for sale. Alterra
officially takes the reigns at Solitude. Leitner-Poma of America President Rick Spear goes on the MarketScale Transportation Podcast to
discuss the ski lift business and growth of urban cable transport. With two Mueller lifts in need of work, Mt. Timothy, BC will likely close if it can’t
find a buyer. Big White’s retired
Powder triple is headed to Red Mountain. Copper Mountain
commits to building its fourth new lift in three years, a Leitner-Poma triple on Tucker Mountain in 2019. The
Miriam Fire is burning uncomfortably close to White Pass Ski Area.
seeks to replace the workhorse Canyon Express #16 with a detachable six place lift in a new alignment. Plans for Battle Mountain Resort that once featured ten chairlifts and two gondolas near Vail
no longer do. Leitner-Poma’s self-driving mini aerial tramway in San Francisco
will debut this summer. A Grafton, Illinois gondola project
faces a key vote with groundbreaking possible later this summer. Partek will build a brand new quad chair this summer at West Mountain, New York.
Ghost Town – the defunct chairlift-accessed amusement park in North Carolina –
may reopen in 2019. A court rules
in favor of plaintiffs in three Hermitage Club cases but is still considering next steps for the ski mountain foreclosure. The latest Aspen Lift One meetings
go well. You probably heard Jerusalem in the news this week but not for the $56 million earmarked to build a
four station gondola there. Like the first one, the second Disney Skyliner terminal to go airborne has two distinct turnarounds.
14-cabin 3S proposed to cross Lake Zurich in Switzerland. The second tallest building west of the Mississippi will include an
aerial tram-like system built by Leitner-Poma. BMF will build its
first gondola in France and seventh gondola overall this summer near Alp d’Huez. Mi Teleférico
breaks ground today for its 13th and 14th gondolas. The four station, 159 cabin Sky Blue line will join the Red, Yellow, Green and Blue lines already operating and the Orange, White and Purple lines under construction. North Korea is building a
second ski resort. Liberty Mountain delays J-Bar replacement project, saying in a statement, “We had hoped to put the triple chair in this summer but unfortunately it will not be happening…We are still planning on making this change in the future.” Liberty acquired one of Ascutney’s CTEC triples in 2013.
Aspen Mountain turns back toward a
longer and lower 1A detachable. As state-owned Belleayre becomes the smallest North American ski resort ever to
build a gondola, New York Ski Blog calls for low-interest infrastructure financing for 45 privately-owned mountains in the Empire State. The Jay Peak Tram is back with many upgraded components after a
spring full of hard work. Interestingly, new controls are from Doppelmayr rather than Frey. Black Hawk
flies old Montezuma towers off Dercum Mountain at Keystone.
Marshall Mountain, MT can be yours for $2.95 million, including a 1972 Thiokol triple and an uninstalled 1969 Hall double from Grand Targhee. Snow King gondola plan
No visible work at Saddleback yet. Nonprofit contracts SE Group to
study the feasibility of reopening an alpine ski area on the site of the former Colby College ski area in Maine. Here’s how it looked in 2012: