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The Seattle Times runs a feature story on Vail Resorts’ operational challenges at Stevens Pass compared with Alterra at Crystal Mountain. Ridgeline Executive Group will continue running Granby Ranch following the sale to a new ownership group. The unique triangle gondola at Sterling Vineyards remains closed seven months after a wildfire with no estimate for reopening. Big Snow renames its quad chair in honor of General Manager Jim Haas and others who died of Covid-19. Two employees of the Georgian ski resort where a lift rolled back in 2018 have been charged criminally and face up to five years in prison. Visits to New York’s three state-owned ski areas were up 14 percent to 672,000 with revenue up 10 percent and expenses down 8 percent. Whiteface will replace the Bear and Mixing Bowl lifts with a $2.5 million Skytrac quad. Powder Mountain, Mt. Ashland and West Mountain join the Indy Pass, which topped 96,000 redemptions this season. Cherry Peak, Eagle Point, Red River and Snow Valley sign on to the Freedom Pass alliance, Toggenburg leaves. Another fire threatens Ski Apache, which is so far unscathed. We now know why the Mighty Argo Cable Car project is stalled. Owners have sued lenders, alleging breach of contract and a $4.5 million loss. The Routt National Forest approves Steamboat’s Wild Blue Gondola and Sundown Express replacement projects, subject to a customary objection period. Japan’s first urban gondola opens. Mi Teleferico celebrates seven years as La Paz’s urban gondola system, providing 328 million rides. Loon Mountain confirms the former Kancamagus detachable quad will replace Seven Brothers in 2022. Loveland closes Lift 8 for the season due to a mechanical issue. The only jigback tramway in Texas could make a return. Holiday Valley posts tons of photos of its latest lift replacement project. The first gondola components arrive in Squaw Valley.
Above: lots more Ramcharger 8 parts arrive in Big Sky.
weighs alignment options and manufacturers for two new backside lifts scheduled for construction in 2019. The only aerial tramway in Texas
closes after nearly six decades. “Replacement of the Wyler Aerial Tramway is estimated to cost millions of dollars. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department does not have the financial resources to execute a capital construction project of this size at this time.” Disney gives an Orlando TV station a rare official peak into
Skyliner construction. Following last week’s
mishap, the operator of the Zugspitze Cable Car orders a new 120 passenger cabin, hanger and carriage. Beaver Creek’s big McCoy Park expansion
should be official in November and is planned to open in late 2020. The
Lewis & Clark bubble high-speed quad at Big Sky will finally see some action in 2021 when a $400 million Montage hotel opens at its base. Ascutney Outdoors
is on track to install a T-Bar this fall, anchoring a scaled down version of what was once a five chairlift area. LST
builds a T-Bar atop a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen for residents to ski on year round. Vail
looks to Asia for growth. Michael Doppelmayr
is profiled for his 60th birthday. Some interesting facts: his company’s gross margin was 12.1 percent last year and his father Artur vehemently opposed Doppelmayr’s merger with Garaventa. New York’s high court
clears the way for Belleayre to expand into the former Highmount Ski Center. Bretton Woods and Doppelmayr make
great progress on New Hampshire’s first 8 passenger gondola. The leaders of North and South Korea ride
a pulse gondola during their three day summit. The State of New Hampshire will hold
a public meeting about transferring the Mt. Sunapee lease to Vail Resorts on September 26th. As it
tries to secure a $30 million loan to open this winter, the Hermitage Club lawsuits keep coming. Two major lifts are getting closer to reality at Copper Mountain.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
inaugurates Mexicable today with free rides all week and an impressive span of service: 4:30 am to 11:00 pm. Mexicable also features the first Leitner DirectDrives in North America. Doppelmayr looks at
building a gondola network in Port-au-Prince, Haiti financed by China. Three public agencies agree to fund $15,000 preliminary
study of Austin’s Wire idea with results to be released in nine weeks. Hint: 19 stations is way too many. El Paso’s Wyler Aerial Tramway, built in 1959,
breaks down. Doppelmayr
showcases its Koblenz urban 3S at Innotrans in Berlin. Leitner was there too.
Sunday River sells chairs from South Ridge, Suicide Six sells more from its old double.
Pebble Creek’s new owner has 4.8 million followers on YouTube. Fatzer and Doppelmayr splice the
record-breaking Giggijochbahn and the stats are impressive: 4,500 pph, 134 cabins, 6.5 m/s, 62 mm rope. The most expensive lift ever built
opens Oct. 22nd at Stubaier Glacier. America needs an urban gondola done right,
Mike Deiparine of Engineering Specialties Group tells Wired. First cabin
takes a trip on the Blue line, La Paz’s 5th urban gondola.