- Just in time for summer, the Sea to Sky Gondola welcomes ten more cabins to the line, increasing capacity by 50 percent.
- The Idaho Springs, Colorado city council may vote Monday on rezoning for a proposed 17 tower, 27 cabin gondola lift.
- Hermitage Club founder Jim Barnes explains his reorganization plan but for now, a receiver remains in place.
- Snowshoe is purportedly planning to replace Powder Monkey with a fixed grip quad next summer.
- Although it doesn’t build lifts in the United States, Bartholet has built some very slick machines lately.
- The Indy Pass grows to 28 resorts.
- A rocket from Syria damages a ski lift at Israel’s Mt. Hermon, where a Leitner gondola is also currently under construction.
- Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz launches a podcast with a great first episode about the Park City acquisition.
- The City of Steamboat is still weighing options for bringing in a private operator and/or replacing Barrows at Howelsen Hill.
- California Express notches another approval but litigation could be coming.
- Vail Resorts reports a great quarter: skier visits up 14.3 percent and lift revenue up 16.4 percent with season pass sales for next year trending up 9 percent and 13 percent in units and dollars. “We are still absolutely aggressive on looking for additional resorts that we think add to our network and make the experience that we provide our guests better,” says Rob Katz on the quarterly conference call.
- Quebec tallied 4.6 million skier visits last winter, a ten year high for a province with three new chairlifts already under construction for next year.
- New Hampshire resorts logged 100,000 more skier days than 2017-18.
- Colorado is king with 13.1 million estimated skier visits, a new record.
- This was supposed to be the summer the town of Grafton, Illinois celebrated a new gondola. Instead, 2019 will be remembered for the flooding that has thrown a wrench in its construction.
- Teo II is approved but has no timeline for construction yet.
- Above: groomers and mechanics deploy a new strategy to keep the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram flying above this winter’s huge snowpack.
- Despite planning to open this winter for the first time in three years, Spout Springs now says it won’t happen.
- A Boston private equity firm is reportedly interested in spending $25-30 million to reopen Maine’s third largest resort.
- We’ll have to wait awhile longer to ski year round in New Jersey
- Killington confirms North Ridge Quad is a go for this summer.
- This morning at 9:00 Pacific is a rare chance to score a classic Murray-Latta double chair.
- Mt. Mancelona in Michigan revives the world’s second oldest T-Bar but earns a cease and desist order from the state amid a host of financial problems.
- A revived Fortress Mountain would mimic Red Mountain and Whitewater but with a fleet of brand new lifts.
- Reader Christoph thinks he’s solved the mystery of where Mission Ridge’s new bubble lift is from: Brixen, Austria.
- County approval paves the way for Eldora to build the Jolly Jug expansion lift next year.
- Aspen Highlands’ Golden Horn platter is now a 2020 project.
- Mt. Hood Meadows says it’s announcing the most significant improvement of this century later today.
- There’s another new British Columbia resort idea floating around: Zincton Mountain Village.
- Shuttered two chair area Deer Mountain hits the market.
- On the other side of South Dakota, flooding damages the lone lift and ends the season at Great Bear.
- The Sea to Sky Gondola gets negative press for telling unprepared hikers to walk down from the summit after closing time.
- An ad in the New York State Contract Reporter suggests a new chairlift is coming to Belleayre this summer, though the resort tells me no decision has been made yet.
- We now know why Sun Valley pushed back the Cold Springs project to 2020: the alignment has changed for the high speed quad.
- Bretton Woods says its new gondola will open later this year. Reader Donovan Seabury sent me these pictures of its progress.
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Over the past 10 days a series of massive storms accumulated 13-19 feet. Chairs are being dug out, avalanche control is continuing, and soon enough bottomless pow turns will be commencing. Get ready for some all-time conditions as weather clears up for the weekend. #mammothstories 📷 @petermorning
Every Tuesday, we feature our favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.
Every Tuesday, we pick our favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.
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We open this Friday! We're excited to welcome visitors again during our Spirit of Christmas Series in December. We're running a contest on our website, make sure to enter! Follow the link in our profile. Here's a pic from @thesurlycitizen from our evacuation training this week – not for the faint of heart! #AdventureByNature #Squamish #Vancouver #travel #instatravel #evac #nature #winter #snow #trees #Canada #ExploreBC #photooftheday #fun
I got a chance to check out the Sea to Sky Gondola during its first few months of operation last summer. It’s located along the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler. The system is just over 7,000 feet long and goes from a parking lot at sea level to a lodge 3,000 feet above. There are 20 CWA 8-passenger cabins that take riders to the top in 7.1 minutes. The summit lodge has expansive views of Howe Sound in addition to hiking trails and snow tubing in the winter. The project cost $22 million to build and is owned by a small group of private partners.
Doppelmayr began building the gondola in April 2013 and it passed its acceptance test in January 2014. The bottom drive terminal has a unique wooden structure over it instead of the normal Uni-G terminal. The lower section climbs an 800 foot cliff and none of the lift line is accessible by road. Many of the 14 towers were anchored directly to bedrock. Most trees under the line were left standing which would make for a challenging evacuation.
The gondola had a major accident on February 4th, 2014. At the time it was only open for construction workers and the media. The system stopped automatically around 8:30 am due to two rope position faults at tower 7. The only personnel on-site were two operators, the Mountain Manager and an employee from Doppelmayr. It took the Doppelmayr employee almost two hours to reach tower 7 on foot where he found a cabin on the ground.