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sells to Wisconsin Resorts, the firm behind Pine Knob, Mt. Holly and Ski Bittersweet in Michigan as well as Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. Mike Solimano of Killington
reveals what three lifts he would upgrade if given $100 million to spend at The Beast. The new Winter Park gondola is creatively named
Gondola. Grand Junction’s NBC affiliate takes viewers
inside the factory where Leitner-Poma lifts are created. The two stage Blackcomb Gondola is almost finished; thanks Max for these pictures.
Next up for Ramcharger 8 at Big Sky: installation of an in-terminal video wall and the haul rope, which is going up right now. Beech Mountain commissions its
twin fixed grip quads.
Freeskier looks at Alterra’s whirlwind growth and future trajectory. Rope pulling
commences tonight at Walt Disney World, 24 years to the day since the Disneyland Skyway cable was taken down for good. This week’s new trail map comes from
Hunter Mountain. In an act of sabotage, someone cuts into three haul ropes at a Pyrenees ski resort.
The Grand Canyon Express is a
huge development for Arizona Snowbowl and the entire Flagstaff region. New York State Fairgrounds to
build a gondola, though details are scarce. Mi Teleférico hits
75 million riders, will surpass 100 million in April. Searchmont finally reopens its quad chair after a
six-. year repair The Portland Aerial Tram transported a record
2.1 million riders last year. In ten years, it has indirectly contributed $1 billion to the Portland economy while creating 4,000 jobs.
This forum thread is an interesting read on how guests can perceive lifts. The
Denver Post reports Fortress Investment Group is considering selling Intrawest, operator of Blue Mountain, Snowshoe, Steamboat, Stratton, Tremblant and Winter Park.
Editorial in the Summit Daily hates on Vail Resorts’ six-pack push with a jab at Leitner-Poma (though the lift pictured is actually a Doppelmayr.)
Ray’s lift at Sundance is rope evacuated, remains out of service three days later.
Bearing issues apparently caused the closures of lifts 1 and 6 at Loveland. Waterville Valley’s
only summit access lift rope evacuated for the third time in three weeks, now closed until further notice. Poma’s
new eeZii terminal offering in Europe features a footprint 20-30 percent smaller than its predecessor. Power outage
leads to partial rope evacuation at Sandia Peak.
Mt. Hood Meadows
updates skiers on the windstorm that sent two hundred-foot hemlock trees onto the Shooting Star Express the night of November 17th. Vail Resorts announces
$100 million in capital improvements across its mountains for 2016/17 including replacement of the last major fixed-grip lift on Vail Mountain. The new Sun Up Lift #17 will be a detachable quad, manufacturer unknown.
SkyTrac splices the Humphrey’s Peak Quad at Arizona Snowbowl.
The latest from Sugarloaf on the new King Pine. An apparent Doppelmayr delay will push opening until late-December. Luckily (or unluckily) there’s no snow anyways. Utah’s new ski resort, Cherry Peak,
announces a December 21st debut with two lifts. Doppelmayr’s 10th 3S gondola, the
Penkenbahn, is ready to go. A nonprofit ski area in Ontario that’s been
unable to operate its quad chair since 2011 due to a 2006 Doppelmayr service bulletin hopes to crowdfund $80,000 for repairs. West Mountain
celebrates their new lift with fireworks rather than skiing and already has the drive terminal up for another new-used lift next summer.