Dec 29, 2023
Weekly Roundup: Improved Glacier Access to Come at the Mer de Glace
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- New gondola parts for the Eaglecrest Ski Area system to add extra cost in Juneau, Alaska. The original system was purchased from an Austrian ski resort for $2 million and shipped for $1 million. However, the system will need extra towers and parts in order to have a mid-station. It is estimated that these additional parts may cost an added $1.86 million. These extra costs will leave about $6.5 million left for construction from the $10 million revenue-sharing agreement made with Goldbelt, Inc. SCJ Alliance, the parent company of the Gondola Project, has been retained to provide gondola expertise for this project. See a related Weekly Roundup here.
- Lone Peak Tram opens to the public at Big Sky Resort in Montana. The Aerial Tram has two cabins, each of which can each carry more than 70 passengers. The Lone Peak Tram replaced the previous, 28-year old jig-back system, which only held 15 people per cabin. Big Sky plans to add another gondola spanning from the parking lot to the base of the Lone Peak Tram to improve access for skiers and non-skiers to get to the resort. See a related weekly Roundup here.
- New gondola to open January 2024 at Mer de Glace in France. Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) is the largest glacier in France and draws 350,000 visitors annually. The new gondola will have 16 10-passenger cabins and will ferry guests from the train station, Montenvers Station, to the glacier and the ice caves below. See related weekly roundup here.