21
Jan

2022

Weekly Roundup: New Systems Across the Globe

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A look at Mcleodganj, India- a tourist destination and one side of the new Dharamshala Skyway.
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  • A new gondola system, the Dharamshala Skyway, has opened in India. The 7.75 km monocable detachable gondola (MDG) system with the capacity to move 1,000 people per hour connects the tourist destinations of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. The travel time between the two locations has been cut to nine minutes compared to several hours during peak tourist season. The ₹207 crore ($27.8 million USD) was financed through a public-private-partnership between Dharamshala Ropeway Limited and Himachal Pradesh’s tourism and civil aviation department.


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14
Jan

2022

Weekly Roundup: A Recovery for the Ski Industry

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The aerial tram at Snowbird Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.
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  • The aerial tram at Snowbird Ski Resort is enchanting passengers. The ride up on the tram is approximately 10 minutes and travels more than 2,900 vertical feet. More than skiers take the ride; guests enjoy the views from the tram and Snowbird’s restaurant, The Summit, located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. This is one of the ski areas that would benefit from Utah Department of Transportation’s proposed gondola or dedicated bus lane. To find more information about the proposed project, visit a related Weekly Roundup here.
  • The ski industry is booming, in great contrast to the last couple years. Both major ski lift manufacturers, Doppelmayr USA and Leitner-POMA, witnessed an abrupt slowdown in the business at the start of the pandemic. Most projects were postponed and were receiving less new orders. Luckily the market has taken a turn and Leitner has said they have a full list of projects for the summer of 2022 and a record number of new orders to fill.


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07
Jan

2022

Weekly Roundup: Harsh Winter Problem Solving

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The Sandia Tramway in New Mexico was the setting of a daring rescue this week.
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  • Due to harsh weather, the Sandia Tramway in New Mexico left 19 employees and 2 tram operators stranded for hours. The icy weather and high winds on New Year’s Eve caused the tram cables to tangle and stalled the tram. The descending cabin was carrying 20 people, including 19 restaurant employees and 1 operator. An ascending cabin contained a single operator. The emergency rescue was started in the morning by the owner who climbed the tower and then onto the cabin roof. Eventually a host of other emergency workers helped harness people up and lower them to the ground. They were then flown by helicopter to the base. All were back to safety by 3:45 p.m.


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31
Dec

2021

Weekly Roundup: Extreme Weather Brings About Art and Extra Maintenance

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The gondolas in Aspen, Colorado aren’t all on cables anymore- one is being used as an art installation to bring more awareness to climate change.
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23
Dec

2021

Weekly Roundup: A Week of Firsts

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Berlin, Germany could be the first German city to integrate a cable car into its public transit network.
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17
Dec

2021

Weekly Roundup: Proposals Big and Small

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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.
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  • 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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15
Dec

2021

LEINTER’S LATEST PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCES THE PERFECT MIX FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY WITH CONNX

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LEITNER is leading the way in sustainable transportation. They designed a hybrid solution which combines aerial ropeway transportation, and ground autonomous driverless transportation. ConnX is a system where cabins can be on the ropeway transportation and have a seamless transition onto a set ground route. This allows the cabin to proceed with ground travel without being manually operated. 

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While ropeways allow for transportation over virtually any obstacle, this is not always a realistic option for urban areas. ConnX provides a convenient, efficient, reliable, and more affordable solution. This system also has a short construction period and reduces noise emissions with it’s electric mobility. With the overall ease, affordability, and efficiency of this system, ConnX is a lead in the market to continue making ropeway transportation more appealing for public transportation in urban areas.

For a full press release visit LEITNER’s page here.

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