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The Jay Peak receiver
hires an investment bank to market Vermont’s northernmost resort to potential buyers. Now flying at Copper Mountain: the
world’s longest bubble chair. Down to five new ski lifts that have yet to open this season in the United States. The government shutdown
coincides terribly with Hurricane Ridge’s ski season, which can’t start without funding for the National Park Service. Alpine Media Technology
launches digital signage on lifts at Steamboat with more Alterra resorts to follow. Many North American resorts enjoyed a
banner holiday week. Vail Resorts North American skier visits are
up 16.9 percent through January 6th. Killington applies for permission to replace the
North Ridge chairlift with a fixed grip quad. The BBC traces the global
rise of urban gondolas. A Maine county
joins the state in suing the owner of Big Squaw Mountain for failing to operate the resort, which once was the second largest in Vacationland. The Lift 1 Corridor Project heads to Aspen voters
March 5th. Arizona Snowbowl closes
Agassiz for a mid season gearbox replacement. Elk Ridge, Arizona
won’t operate for the second season in a row, leaving just three ski areas in the state. Attitash’s
Summit triple is still closed. So are two of Pajarito’s main lifts
indefinitely. The 2018 Olympic Downhill venue –
gondolas, high speed quads and all – may be returned to a natural state. Lawyers for The Hermitage Club seek
more time to respond to a lawsuit filed by investors who helped purchase the Barnstormer bubble chairlift. Santo Domingo, the largest city in the Dominican Republic,
solicits bids for its third and fourth urban gondola sections with hourly capacities of 6,000 and 4,500, respectively. Scott Pierpont retires as Vice President of Sales at Doppelmayr USA and is
succeeded by Shawn Marquardt. Glenwood Caverns’
old gondola is already rising again in southern Illinois. Last month’s lift evacuation at Whitefish got worldwide media attention. The
Flathead Beacon digs into why the mountain was so well prepared for the situation.
The State of Pennsylvania looks to spend
$7.8 million on new lifts at Denton Hill, where a Riblet triple, Hall double and two platter lifts last spun in 2014. A private operator is also being sought. Maple Valley, Vermont – last operated in 2000 with three Hall lifts – sells to a
new ownership group. As Aspen Mountain prepares to reinvent Lift One, the
Aspen Daily News traces the remarkable history of the original. Doppelmayr will build and operate a $64 million
urban 3S gondola in Moscow. The Portland Aerial Tram is set to close for five weeks in June and July while the
track ropes are slipped downhill. Leitner commissions the first
2S gondola with DirectDrive in South Korea. As the public comment period nears its end, California Express
faces critics. Under the
proposed Hermitage Club receivership, FTI Consulting would maintain properties but wouldn’t reopen the mountain for skiing next winter. The Club objects to some of the proposal even though the receivership would be dissolved if Berkshire Bank is paid in full or the assets auctioned off.
This guy is lucky to be okay and probably won’t be allowed back to Squaw Valley for a long time. Boston’s Seaport gondola proposal might be
in trouble. The Forest Service gives a final
green light to Purgatory’s Gelande lift project although construction this summer is uncertain. Hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum coming into the United States from the European Union, Canada and Mexico take effect at
midnight tonight. North America’s newest urban gondolas, built by Poma in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo, carried
41,000 riders in their first 18 hours last week.
seeks to foreclose on the Hermitage Club, saying the private ski area owes $16.6 million on $17.1 million in loans taken out between 2014 and 2017. Hunter Mountain
apologizes to season pass holders and explains in detail why two of its lifts went down for much of Presidents’ Week. Mt. Snow’s
Bluebird Express is down with a damaged gearbox.
Similar story for Cypress Mountain’s Lions Express, which reopened on Tuesday.
Harmony at Whistler also went down for much of last week.. Big Sky’s
Six Shooter was rope evacuated last week, sparking an interesting conversation about why that lift turns a few degrees.
HeliOps profiles Brian Jorgenson of Timberline Helicopters, who explains why even at $1.50 per second, the UH-60 Black Hawk has become the gold standard for western ski lift missions. The largest urban gondola system in North America will
open this May in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. Boston’s proposed Seaport gondola has
a new route. A conference center in Wisconsin called Forest Springs plans to expand its ski area with a
new chairlift. Silver Star’s new gondola is on track for a rare July opening with the top terminal and all foundations complete.