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Foundation work is starting for Disney gondolas. Partek will build a
fixed-grip quad at Mt. Peter, NY this summer. East River Skyway proposal
expanded to five phases with more possible stations. Belleayre
bid documents suggest December 2017 completion and a name for gondola: Catskill Thunder. Funding was approved Monday though I’m told a manufacturer has not yet been awarded the contract. NY State Fair gondola
is also funded, separate from a chairlift to be built there by SkyTrans Manufacturing this summer. Lee Canyon seeks approval to build two new quad chairs
in new places.
Work to resume on Poma gondola in Zacatecas, Mexico with commissioning scheduled for September. Gould Academy may build
a T-Bar up Monday Mourning at Sunday River. Intrawest stock hits
record high amid acquisition rumblings. A Yan detachable
still operates with original grips in Spain. Quebec announces
$70 million in subsidies to support infrastructure investments at ski resorts in the province, including lift upgrades.
SEC filing shows exactly how much CNL Lifestyle Properties paid for each of the 16 ski resorts it owns. The most valuable was Northstar at $80.1 million with Loon Mountain selling for just $15.5 million. The Gatlinburg Sky Lift operation went for a whopping $19.9 million! Bridger Bowl to
sell chairs from Virginia City if buyer falls through. Interalpin, the every-other-year mountain technology nerd fest
is April 26-28. If rent payments to the federal government are any indication,
Colorado is booming.
Flying demo tent gets hung up on Stowe gondola. Staff at Barcelona’s urban gondola
will strike. In addition to completing the Green Lift, Magic Mountain will install a
new motor and drive for the Black Lift and return capacity to three per chair. Lift Blog reaches
1,000 Instagram followers, 700 Facebook fans and 1,000,000 page views. Thank you to everyone who has supported me with this project over the last two years.
Oakland Zoo’s California Trail gets North America’s first
safari-style Omega cabins. Vail purchase
could mean replacements for Toll House, Lookout and Mountain at Stowe. Denver station
reports new complaint filed against Ski Granby Ranch last week, though details are sparse. Hesperus Ski Area
voluntarily closes, possibly for the season following unannounced visit by Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board inspectors. Hesperus similarly closed for a season in the mid-1990s after being found to be running the same lift without an operator. Cherry Peak finally opens Sundays, still has
not completed promised Summit lift.
Setbacks pile up for the Grand Canyon Escalade. Emirates Air Line
ranked highest in customer satisfaction among Transport for London modes and is the only one to turn a profit. Sweden once had a material cableway that
stretched 26 miles. Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, taking a beating on social media, explains why the Headwall lift has been closed
all but 16 days so far this year. Mexican city of Zacatecas seeks to
re-hang its old tramway cabins, further delay execution of its contract with Poma for a new gondola system.
Urban gondola story makes the front page of the Seattle Times. The new urban aerial tram in Brest, France is a hit, seeing
6,000 rider days. Whistler Blackcomb’s
Master Development Agreements renewed and Master Plan approved.
Suit seeks at least $75,000 from Sugar Mountain, where a teenager apparently went around a bullwheel at closing time, became stranded and jumped from a chair overnight last season. edit: Resort says rescuers were close by when teen jumped. The Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola idea
lives to fight another day.
Outside profiles James Coleman and his commitment to improving the ski experience at five Southwestern resorts. Snow King Mountain abandons plans for East side lift, will
try for backside lift instead.
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.
The weather mostly cooperates with Waterville Valley’s ambitious
Suicide Six is also building this November. Jay Peak
misses tax payment ahead of winter season. So does Burke Mountain. Urban gondola ideas emerge in
Branson, MO, Greenville, SC, Montreal and San Antonio.
Another Bolivian city – Sucre – to get cable car network. Zacatecas, Mexico
stops work on its new gondola, much of which Leitner has already delivered, due to environmental and cultural concerns. BC Safety Authority
reminds skiers that rider (mis)behavior causes most lift accidents. Telluride
wants to replace lifts 7, 9, 10 and 14. Saddleback Mountain Foundation
raises $750,000 towards the purchase of Maine’s second largest ski area which closed in 2015. The group plans to replace the Rangeley double and Cupsuptic T-Bar with new lifts and eventually expand with a new Magalloway lift.