News Roundup: Setbacks

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Snow King’s latest master plan concept abandons a lift east of Rafferty in favor of a south-facing lift.  The Summit double would be replaced with an 8-passenger gondola.

Instagram Tuesday: Epic

Sunset over Ruthies on #aspenmountain, what a way to end the week. (📷: @derrin_carelli )

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We're opening Mount Disney at noon! More fresh tracks to be slashed! #highalpineadventure

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What a day! Amazing snow from top to bottom, clear skies & sunny sun sun! ☀️ Photo: @nick.nault #KickingHorseMTN #ThisHorseRules #ExploreBC

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News Roundup: Flying Volkswagens

  • Gunther Jochl, the Austrian-born owner of Sugar Mountain, got the CEOs of both Doppelmayr and CWA to come christen his new six-pack Saturday along with the governor of North Carolina.  Apparently the lift may get gondola cabins in the future.
  • A lawsuit from a homeowner could force the closure of Pennsylvania’s second largest ski resort. Seven Springs Mountain Resort operates two six-packs and eight fixed-grip lifts on 300 acres.  Unfortunately, four of those lifts and 75 percent of the mountain’s ski runs cross a public road that the homeowner wants opened in winter.  There are plenty of other ski resorts that have major highways passing through that close seasonally, including Deer Valley, Bridger Bowl and Mt. Baker.
  • Cherry Peak, the new ski area in Utah, won’t be able to complete their Summit lift in time for this season.  When I was there a few months ago, towers were laying on the ground along the line which will either have to be set or moved elsewhere.  Two other triple chairs and a carpet are set to go.
  • Arizona Snowbowl’s first new lift in 30 years is almost finished.
  • An 8.5 mile gondola system coming to Missouri’s Las Vegas?
  • Bartholet’s aerial tramway across the city of Puebla in Mexico will be finished December 15th, about a year behind schedule.  Speaking of BMF, they have a new website.
  • The Balsams clears some more hurdles but has still yet to break ground.
  • Staying on the mega-resort topic, Hemlock Resort near Chilliwack, BC receives approval to spend $1.5 billion on 23 new lifts and 20,000 lodging beds among other improvements over the next 60 years.  Hemlock currently has a 1977-vintage Doppelmayr triple and two even older Mueller doubles.  Buried in the linked article is the fact that the ski area never opened last year due to lack of snow.

    Hemlock Master Plan rendering from Brent Harley & Associates.
    Hemlock Master Plan rendering from Brent Harley & Associates.

Instagram Tuesday: Climbing

Quantum Four bubbles have arrived! #itsokemotime #whosreadyforwinter #orange

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News Roundup: Finishing Up

  • Take a photo tour of Doppelmayr’s new six pack and new-used double chair at Sugar Mountain, North Carolina.  Looks like it will have 90-degree loading and unloading.
  • Views from the air of Snowmass’ new High Alpine detachable quad and Arizona Snowbowl’s new SkyTrac.
  • The Gondola Project has a new interactive map showing the world’s urban ropeway systems.
  • Speaking of urban gondolas, Poma won a $70 million contract for a 10-passenger gondola in Santo Domingo, the capitol of the Dominican Republic.  Looks like this one will be built in Europe even though it’s not that far from Miami (where coincidentally Leitner-Poma is currently building an airport people mover.)
  • The last rides on Lutsen Mountains’ Hall Skycruiser gondola will be this Sunday, October 18th.  The gondola is coming down this fall along with the Bull and Eagle double chairs.

Instagram Tuesday: Still Building

The progress on our new Barnstormer #doppelmayr 6 person heated bubble lift continues. #towerofpower #hermitageclub #haystackmountain

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Footings ready for new chair storage structure at base of Quantum Four.

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Instagram Tuesday: Northern Lights

The lights were crazy at about 2 a.m. and they're forecasted to be going off again tonight! Get out and catch em!

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One side up!!! #sharegj #flattopflyer #skipowderhorn

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Michael Doppelmayr visits the top station of Sugar's Summit Express. One of his many lift installations around the world

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Instagram Tuesday: Some Assembly Required

#TBT to that time we built the Gondola!

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Mike, John, and DP assembling the Summit Express bottom station bull-wheel

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Instagram Tuesday: Scenic Rides

Fridays are the gateway to fun. #squawsummer #squawvalley

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