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Sierra at Tahoe reports more fire damage than initially thought with a large amount of vegetation burned, six lifts damaged and a vehicle maintenance shop lost. A GoFundMe has been established to support Sierra at Tahoe employees who lost personal property in the Caldor Fire. Jay Peak is “actively engaged” with multiple potential buyers and reports improving finances, though both Jay and Burke Mountain both still operate in the red. Sunday River will spin the new Merrill Hill triple select days this season with a full opening pushed to winter 2022-23. With a new lift on the way, Kelly Canyon begins disassembling the Stony Mountain double. A vaccine requirement for indoor entertainment venues in British Columbia won’t apply to gondolas. Also in BC, the Zincton formal proposal is out and includes five chairlifts plus a gondola. The New York Times does a feature story on green urban transportation including gondolas. James Niehues announces his retirement from trail maps though he will continue painting. Catamount continues construction on two new quad chairs, one of which will start out as a triple. Skytrac flies towers at Howelsen Hill. Snow King Mountain enters the home stretch on a $20 million summer and looks for public help to name new lifts. Speaking of Snow King, towers went up last weekend for both lifts.
Fairfax County will host an open house tomorrow regarding the proposed Alpine-X indoor mountain resort. Attitash fully removes what remained of the Top Notch double The Icy Strait Point Mountain Top gondola is now scheduled to debut in May 2022. I’m thrilled to report the quad chairlift in Wears Valley, Tennessee is open for business, nine years after construction! Summit Ski Area officially merges into Timberline Lodge, which becomes the largest vertical ski area in America at 4,540 feet. The former Colby College ski area in Maine fundraises to resume downhill operations for the first time since the ’70s with a T-Bar planned for a future phase. Also in Maine, Sunday River and Doppelmayr near completion of the Merrill Hill project as survey markers appear under the Jordan Bowl Express. In Australia, Thredbo closes a week early due to lack of guests. The Forest Service signs off on Copper’s Lumberjack Express project, though the resort does not yet have a timeline for construction yet. In a lawsuit, Alterra says it’s owed more than $200 million for lost business during the pandemic which should have been covered by insurance. Vail Resorts plans to load lifts to full capacity this winter at all 34 of its North American resorts. No passholder reservations required, employees must be vaccinated by November 15th and guests must show proof of vaccination to dine at indoor cafeterias. Vail also reports strong full year financial results with lift revenue up 17.9 percent from a year ago and operating expenses down 5.4 percent. Sierra at Tahoe says both Nob Hill and Short Stuff were damaged by the Caldor Fire. Great Bear will unveil the naming rights partner for its new chairlift on October 16th. Searchmont gets a new trail map showing two new lifts. Also its Blue Mountain triple chair will be inoperable until early February. Purgatory says its six pack will be closed at least two more weeks, gives summer season passholders next summer for free due to continued lift problems. Bartholet announces a major five section gondola contract with Switzerland’s LAAX. The Ropetaxi system will feature cabins which move autonomously in stations and can be directed to a specific destination by passengers.
Timberline Lodge evacuates 42 guests from the new Pucci detachable quad by rope. Another late day evac happens on Castle Mountain’s Tamarack chair. Mt. Spokane considers upgrading two 60 year old chairlifts. The seemingly cursed Gold chair at Nakiska goes down for a week (now back in action). Under new ownership, Sundance Resort eyes an out-of-base detachable. Bogus Basin plans expansion and lift upgrades in a new master plan coming later this spring. Dakota at Big Sky has been down since March 1st. The first of its kind Leitner 2S gondola undergoes testing in Germany. Ischgl, an early pandemic hot spot last year, gives up on opening this season. Vancouver’s transit authority picks a preferred alignment for the Burnaby Mountain Gondola. The Seattle Times profiles Washington’s first bubble chairlift. A transportation bill which includes Little Cottonwood funding heads to the Utah Governor’s desk. Once slated to close, Sleeping Giant now considers adding more lifts. Zincton Mountain Village, a proposed resort in BC, announces the purchase of a late model Riblet quad. Facing capacity challenges, Crystal Mountain eliminates unlimited access on the Ikon Base Pass. Magic Mountain needs some mid-’80s vintage Poma sheave assemblies to complete the Black Line quad. Give them a shout if you can help! Winter Park’s proposed lift replacements I mentioned last week are a Pioneer Express six place and Lariat conveyor. On a podcast, Indy Pass creator Doug Fish says more resorts are coming, including in Canada (along with a price increase.) During recent historic snow, the Portland Aerial Tram ran for 114 consecutive hours while other transit modes shut down. When the Disney Skyliner stops for a bit, you better believe it will make the news. Nitehawk looks for funding to replace its landslide-destroyed chairlift.
Looking back as Blackcomb turns 40. As Chair 1 reopens, 49 Degrees North provides a thorough update regarding what happened last weekend and the steps it’s taking to avoid future issues. Liftopia’s assets are acquired by a European firm. Arizona Snowbowl quietly opens the Arizona Gondola. More on the Eiger Express: Not only does it feature the first automated cargo loading on a passenger ropeway, but also a VIP cabin with boarding from a dedicated lounge (cost: $13,500 per year.) This interview with Hermitage Club manager Bill Benneyan includes tons of historical facts about Haystack and also Mountain Creek. The Club opens tomorrow for the first time in two and a half years. Mission Ridge works hard to complete the lift it brought over from Europe but cannot estimate a completion date. Residents seek to stop construction of Wasatch Peaks Ranch, a 3,000 acre private ski resort near Snowbasin. Leitner-Poma of America introduces Freedom Control, a wireless remote control for lifts. Public comments are being solicited for Big White’s new master plan, which includes a staggering amount of new terrain. Ski Magazine ranks top lift systems in the East. California effectively shuts down lodging in some ski regions. The new Broadway quad will carry its first passengers this weekend at Sun Valley. Zermatt and Doppelmayr prepare to launch the first unstaffed lift in Switzerland, a 10 passenger gondola. French ski resorts sue the government over closures. Holiday Valley pursues a tax break for its $4 million Yodeler Express project. A lawsuit seeking class action status alleges lift operators and other employees at Vail Resorts were not paid for use of personal equipment and time spent getting to and from work stations. Timberline Mountain relaunches tomorrow with both new chairlifts in operation. British Columbia’s Zincton Mountain Village releases new maps of its proposed layout. Les Otten courts environmental, social and governance investors as he tries to revive the northernmost ski area in New Hampshire. When asked about acquisitions on last night’s earnings call, Rob Katz said Vail is focused on positioning the company to be able to make the most of whatever opportunities may come over the next 12 months. Vail is forced to cancel some guest reservations and black out employee skiing in Colorado this weekend due to limited snow and terrain.