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New lift at your ski hill?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

I am looking at development in the north American ski industry, and I have become interested in new lift construction. Who, what, where, when, why?  If you know your local ski hill (or any place) is getting to work this summer it would be awesome if you could post a link.  Proposals for the future / master plan are fun too.
Thanks

post #2 of 23

As you should know, Meadows is replacing the stadium double with a Leitner-Poma high speed quad.

post #3 of 23

Fernie is putting a lift to the top of Polar Peak. Lots of pictures online

skifernie.com

post #4 of 23

Holiday Valley replaced the double with a quad over by the Wall

 

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Stevens Pass has a well developed set of plans for expansion.  They're quite detailed.  If you want to dive in and take a look, go to: http://www.stevenspass.com/Stevens/the-mountain/future-plans.aspx  There are some very interesting maps that show where the new lifts and runs are proposed.

post #6 of 23

Hunter is installing a HSQ on the Hunter West.

Burke is installing a HSQ.

Mt Snow is adding a HS6.

Stowe is replacing the Forerunner HSQ  with a new HSQ.

Sugarloaf is replcing the Spillway East with a fixed grip quad.

post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone.
 

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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

As you should know, Meadows is replacing the stadium double with a Leitner-Poma high speed quad.


That's what got me started.  They remained quiet about it for so long, i figured others were being also.

 

post #8 of 23

Vail upgraded Chair 5 for last season. Obviously, construction is not ongoing so this might not be of interest for you, but the info about the upgrade is still available here: http://www.vail.com/mountain/explore-mountain/chair-5.aspx

 

Also, here's some info about A-Basin's Montezuma Bowl expansion a few years ago: http://www.coloradoskihistory.com/areahistory/exp_abasin_montezumabowl.html. Also dated but maybe relevant for you.

 

 

post #9 of 23

Does a T-Bar count?

 

If so Dodge Ridge installed one over the summer. The good news is that it opened up a new area and enlarged the inbounds acreage of the resort. One new run-will probably not be groomed. A bit more tree skiing.

 

http://www.dodgeridge.com/site/images/TrailMap-Official-Dodge-Ridge-2011-12.jpg 

 

 

post #10 of 23

49 Degrees North was supposed to install a new one this year but as I understand it something happened with the permitting from USFS so the lift has been delivered but won't be going in until next season.

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

Stevens Pass has a well developed set of plans for expansion.  They're quite detailed.  If you want to dive in and take a look, go to: http://www.stevenspass.com/Stevens/the-mountain/future-plans.aspx  There are some very interesting maps that show where the new lifts and runs are proposed.


I've read through a bunch of that information in the past.  I've been very curious if/when any of that expansion is going to take place.  Just because it's approved doesn't mean they ever have to actually do any of it.

 

post #12 of 23

Vail's Chair 5 went to Whitewater, near Nelson, B.C. Whitewater is a small area (but it gets lots snow) so the "new" chair almost doubled the size of the ski area. The run to the skier's right of the chair offers 1800' vertical of fall line trees--starts out black diamond and then becomes double black and has a groomed ski way trail part way down if you need to bail.

 

I passed thru Fernie in July and saw the their "new" chair in pieces in the parking lot. With the start to the ski season less than 90 days away I doubt the chair will be open this winter.

 

post #13 of 23

Northstar is adding a new lift to the back-side... along with two new intermediate trails and a mid-mountain restaurant right near where it lets off.

 

http://www.northstarattahoe.com/info/pressreleases/pressreleases.11-12_capital_improvements_underway.release.asp

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This season, a "new" SHORT lift is going into our base area to help relieve congestion on certain days.  I can't see why they'd run it every day, personally.  It adds nothing other than getting people up to Chairs One and Two faster.  http://skiwhitefish.com/blog/?p=1806

 

They are also repairing a tower for Chair One, which started sliding down the hill....Well, the earth started sliding due to the winter we had, plus the amount of rain we had in the late spring.  More on that project here:  http://skiwhitefish.com/blog/?p=1775

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BOGUS BASIN BOISE IDAHO, NEW CHAIR 3 OFF THE NORTH SIDE REPLACING THE DOUBLE SUPERIOR CHAIR WITH HIGH SPEED QUAD,,

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Originally Posted by CascadeConcrete View Post

Thanks everyone.
 


That's what got me started.  They remained quiet about it for so long, i figured others were being also.

 



I don't know how long they remained quite but Burke Mountain out here in Vermont just put out an official announcement last week about their new HSQ which is due to start running in December.

 

New lift in Red:

Burke_HSQ_rendering_actua2l.jpg

 

More info on the lift installation here:

http://fromthenek.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-06-28T13%3A09%3A00-04%3A00&max-results=7

 

 

post #17 of 23

Plans are in the works for expansion at Snowbowl in Flagstaff, AZ. Two realignments and one new lift I think.

No dirt has been turned over though.

 

 

post #18 of 23

Squaw's plans are here.  No new lift until next summer, but they did remove Newport and Mainline this summer.

post #19 of 23

Tiehack, which used to be the best place to get fresh tracks for intermediates in the RFV, is getting a new HSQ.

post #20 of 23

Manitoba Mountain, Spirit of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska is a proposed future ski area, last operated in 1960.

post #21 of 23

Nothing to report from Cochran's.

 

 

post #22 of 23
Marmot basin is adding 2 new lifts. They just added a high speed quad. Small mountain but some great skiing.

http://www.skimarmot.com/
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Cannon added a double last year to open up the mittersill terrain to more people. Had to do a landswap with the USFS and there was some concern about some kind of endangered bird.... a thrush I think. Development for it was a bitch if you want to look at a pain in the ass case.

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