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06
May

2022

Weekly Roundup: Winter Park Resort Master Plan Includes Three-Gondola System

Winter Park Resort Ski Village, Colorado (Photo from Wikimedia) (CC BY-SA 2.0)



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01
Apr

2022

Weekly Roundup: Replacement Lifts

Cypress Mountain Resort by Marc van der Chijs (CC BY-ND 2.0)


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04
Mar

2022

Weekly Roundup: New Horizons

The new tram cabins announced for Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah will feature a rooftop balcony.
Rendering credit: Snowbird Press Release
  • Alterra has announced plans to invest $344 million at Palisades Tahoe. The plan will include a base-to-base gondola to provide access between the two resorts. The system is expected to be completed by next winter. The gondola will cost $65 million. Other planned resort improvements include adding new chairlifts, installing the longest mountain coaster in North America, expanding and lengthening tube runs, and installing a summer tubing surface.


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17
Dec

2021

Weekly Roundup: Proposals Big and Small

The Hindu religious shrine Naina Devi is proposed to be one destination on a cable car system. The project received no bids during it’s request for proposal period. The tender is now being reworked.
Photo credit: Gurlal Maan, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont has opened two lifts this month. The new lifts are part of a Vail Resorts capital improvement plan to get guests to the mountain top faster and easier. The Quantum Six replaced a four-person lift with a six-person lift. The four-person lift was relocated and renamed the Evergreen Summit Express, replacing a three-person fixed grip chair lift.


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10
Dec

2021

Weekly Roundup: Out with the Old, In with the New

Cape Smokey Provincial Park, Canada, seen here in the summer months, is the site of the only gondola in Atlantic Canada.
Photo credit: LPeezy, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Leitner has released a prototype of the Connx, a cable car that turns into a minibus. The Connx is intended to be highly flexible and high tech, with the cabin able to convert between being an aerial cable car and a self-driving vehicle.  The objective of this new technology is to have an alternative solution for topographical or structural obstacles. Check out Leinter’s latest press release here.


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03
Dec

2021

Weekly Roundup: Tourism Boosts

Mt. Lovcen National Park in Montenegro will be getting a gondola system that connects it to the coastal town of Kotor.
Photo credit: Milica Buha, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • The construction of the Bandipur cable car in India is 95% complete. The project was projected to be completed two months ago but was delayed due to Covid. It is now expected to take another year to finish. The project also includes a 15-story queen tower and hotel with a wax museum, planetarium, artificial haunted house, conference hall, and pool.


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19
Nov

2021

Weekly Roundup: Solving a Kansas/Missouri Problem

Kansas City, split into two states by the pictured river, has a plan to connect the two sides with a cable car.
  • Local officials are planning a two-mile cable car to connect the two Kansas Cities, one in the state of Missouri and one in the state of Kansas. The project appears to be spearheaded by a senior government official in Wyandotte County. A preliminary concept study to link the two downtowns, which are separated by the Missouri River, was produced a year ago and has been quietly soliciting comments. The cable car would connect somewhere between Case Park/Quality Hill on the Missouri side to an area near St. John’s Park/Strawberry Hill in Kansas.
  • Georgia’s Soviet-era cable cars in Chiatura are finally getting an upgrade. Earlier this year four of Chiatura’s cable cars were renovated and modernized while some were preserved as national heritage monuments.  Seventeen lines of cable cars were built in 1954 to move miners. Productivity increased with the cable cars which were also known as the “metal coffins.” In 1991, Chiatura became a ghost town and most cable cars were retired in 2016.


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