Instagram Tuesday: Longest

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

🏂😍❄❤ #snowboarding #mayrhofen #skilift #fun #mountains #snow

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#Davos #Parsenn #Schiferbahn #Nordbahn #VonRoll #CWA #Omega #Sky #nofilter #29März2017

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Instagram Tuesday: Alpenglow

Hello beautiful day! 📷: #mattcrawley #snowbird #utah beaUTAHful #🚠 sunrise #wasatch

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Good morning #Stratton! 😍🍀 📷: @tomvayianos

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Instagram Tuesday: Bahn

Every Tuesday, I feature my favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

First light on Big Red. #🚠 #Snowbird #Garaventa #SkiUtah #SkiCity #Tram #AerialTram #TeamPixel #GooglePixel

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Instagram Tuesday: Falling

Every Tuesday, we pick our favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

It looks like mother nature is starting to cooperate! #stevenspassion #thestokeisreal

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Reminder: Skiing / Snowboarding is awesome. #Snowbird #SkiUtah #MineralBasin

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Instagram Tuesday: Stacked

Every Tuesday, we pick our favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

She's waiting. (📷 by @ozskier)

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6-CLD-Brembergkopf #garagiert #doppelmayr #6CLD #Winterberg @seilbahnblog.com1 @seilbahntechnik

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After 45 Years, Snowbird Tram Still Soars

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The iconic Snowbird Aerial Tram has carried skiers up Hidden Peak in style for 45 years.

Few lifts in the world are as iconic as the Snowbird Tram with its 125 passenger red and blue cabins rising from Little Cottonwood Canyon to Hidden Peak.  When it opened in 1971, the tram was one of the longest, largest and most powerful aerial tramways in the world and remains so today.  In his 168-page book dedicated to this machine, Walt McConnell said of the tram, “It was loaded with innovative features and immediately became the symbol of Snowbird.”  A timeless style combined with recent upgrades mean the tram is sure to remain an icon of the Wasatch for years to come.

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The tram has just four support towers along its 8,395-foot length.

Decades after the founding of nearby Alta, Ted Johnson envisioned a carefully-designed, 40-acre resort village with modern American design anchored by a tramway.  After a trip over from Vail, Dick Bass agreed to join team Snowbird and provide financial backing.  Ted quietly began buying mining claims in Little Cottonwood Canyon while still working at Alta.  In Ted’s mind, a tram was the only lift to build and the route to Hidden Peak was clear.  “The awesome massiveness of the tramway and its terminal buildings-to-be set the stage for the bold architectural statements of all of Snowbird,” he declared.    He went public with the Snowbird development in 1966, forming Snowbird Design Group.

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Snowbird’s twin tram cars are designed for 125 passengers or 21,420 lbs. each.

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News Roundup: Leitner

News Roundup: Losses

  • Wire Austin gets some attention from folks who matter – the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
  • Peak Resorts loses $7.9 million in the first quarter (it owns Alpine Valley, Attitash, Big Boulder, Boston Mills, Brandywine, Crotched Mountain, Hidden Valley, Hunter Mountain, Jack Frost, Mad River Mountain, Mt. Snow, Paoli Peaks, Snow Creek and Wildcat.)
  • The deropement and evacuation of the pulse gondola between the Aiguille du Midi and Pointe Helbronner makes CNN.
  • Austria’s Foreign Minister meets with former London Mayor Boris Johnson to talk Brexit.  The mayor says the Doppelmayr cowbell that came with the Emirates Air Line is one of his most prized possessions.
  • Federal receiver hopes to sell Jay Peak in the spring, says resort President Bill Stenger was duped.
  • Laurel Mountain’s new Skytrac is complete.
  • Maine’s Attorney General sues the owner of Big Squaw Mountain for not operating the ski area as promised.
  • Tamarack Homeowners meet to discuss the future of Idaho’s newest ski resort ahead of an October lift auction. Owner Credit Suisse and its operator Replay Resorts appear to be on the way out.
  • The owner of Montana Snowbowl tells the Missoulian he started construction on a new TV Mountain lift a few weeks ago and there’s a chance it will be completed in time for the coming winter season.
  • Preservation group calls abandoned mines in American Fork Canyon a “ticking time bomb,” calls on Snowbird to turn private land over to the Forest Service where the resort plans to build two new lifts.

Instagram Tuesday: Wild

Every Tuesday, we pick our favorite Instagram photos from around the lift world.

Beauty & The Beast. (📷 @lizchaffey) || #sunshinevillage #bear136 #grizzlybear #canadianrockies #mybanff #sunshinemeadows

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西峰索道 #mounthua #cablecar

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Instagram Tuesday: Cabins

#cablecar #lines #minimal #blackandwhite #igers #igersportugal #china #instatraveling #sonya6000 #sonyalpha

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