Weekly Roundup

13
Dec

2019

Weekly Roundup: Looking into the Future

Hilton Niseko Village.
The gondola system at Niseko Village on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, may be in line for an upgrade should Sapporo City submit the winning bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics.
Photo Credit: MIKI Yoshihito via Flickr, License
  • The Adivaram-Lakkidi cable car project in India is continuing its forward momentum. This major tourism project is planned to begin with around 50 cable cars, replacing the need to travel 23km of road with a 3.7km cable car ride. The total travel time is estimated to be 12 minutes.
  • After being down for a little more than a week, Steamboat Resort’s new $15 Million gondola reopened December 5. The fastest gondola in North America, the new system first opened November 23 but was shut down the next day due to a gearbox malfunction that occurred after-hours. The gondola has eight-person cabins and a quicker speed, increasing hourly passenger capacity by 38 percent.


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05
Dec

2019

Weekly Roundup: System Updates Required

Whiteface Cloudsplitter gondola on left, Face Lift on right, Whiteface Lake Placid
The Cloudsplitter gondola in Lake Placid, New York as of January 2012. The 20-year-old system is getting a $2.4 million update.
Photo credit: Marco Metzler via Flickr, license


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22
Nov

2019

Weekly Roundup: Considering Cable Cars Gives New Vision to Projects

The Mighty Argo Cable Car gondola project is the anchor for transforming a reclaimed EPA Superfund site into a destination for outdoor recreation and heritage tourism. A developer in Idaho Springs has shared a plan for redevelopment of the historic Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel. The gondola is designed to climb 1.2 miles from the EPA Superfund site at the Argo Mill. The project includes plans for a hotel, homes, and commercial village. SCJ Alliance was happy to provide market analysis for this project.

A variety of mass-transit possibilities are being considered to improve connectivity to the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Colorado, including a gondola. The report says more convenient transport to and from the airport should include a mix of public and private modes of transportation. A committee has identified the need for a multimodal transportation facility near the airport that would balance adequate parking, car rental, shuttle, taxi, private drop-off and pick-up, and as feasible, light rail, a monorail, or a gondola.

Cable Cars are being consider as a way to ease transportation woes across the Likoni Channel, connecting the northern and southern parts of Kenya’s coastal region.  The writer compares the cost and implementation times for various transportation options. 



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15
Nov

2019

Weekly Roundup: Disturbing the Birds

The current Dursey Island cable car in West Cork, Ireland. An environmental group says the system’s proposed renovations will threaten a protected bird species.
Photo Credit: K. Jähne [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

In Ireland, An environmental group in West Cork is asking for government intervention related to the plans to increase tourism to Dursey Island to replace the current 6 passenger cable car with a new €7m one. Referencing surveys contained in an environmental impact statement, the group says the increase in tourism threatens the protected bird species. 

In the article Government Approves Cable Car to Kosel, renderings from the Jerusalem Development Authority depict the cable car system recently approved by the Housing Cabinet. The one-mile route is envisioned to have 73 cars for transporting the estimated 135,000 tourists that visit the Old City each week.

An aerial urban gondola is integral to the Simon Fraser University’s new campus master plan. The gondola would be the primary transportation component supporting nearly all of the planned growth opportunities. It is also envisioned to become a key gateway into the campus and an attractor of new cultural, employment and industry endeavors.



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08
Nov

2019

Weekly Roundup: A Great Week to Be a Tourist

The Grafton Sky Tour opened last week in the U.S. state of Illinois.
  • This article explores the positive impact that cable cars have had on the Colombian city of Medellín. Previously considered one of the world’s most dangerous places, the story says today it is considered one of the world’s most innovative, in large part to its transportation system. The first cable car line opened in 2004, connecting people in hard-to-reach areas with opportunities. One tour guide describes the cable car system as “an innovative solution to the problems of geographic and economic exclusion.”


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01
Nov

2019

Weekly Roundup: Overcoming System Setbacks

The main haul rope has successfully been installed and a major milestone is complete.After arriving from Switzerland…

Posted by Sea To Sky Gondola on Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The Sea to Sky Gondola in British Columbia is ahead of it’s repair schedule after a wire was deliberately cut, crippling the system in September.
  • The Sea to Sky Gondola was in the news this week for receiving their replacement cable early, as well as for ramping up security. Located in British Columbia, in August the Sea to Sky Gondola haul rope wires were deliberately cut while under tension. This caused the ropes to separate and send about 30 gondola cabins to the ground. An investigation said there were no defects with either the haul rope or its design.
  • Despite a breakdown in September after its initial opening, the Disney Skyliner has already served its one-millionth guest. The new Walt Disney World gondola transportation system has nearly 300 cabins and connects multiple theme parks and hotels. Florida’s Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an average of over 52 million visitors a year.


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25
Oct

2019

Weekly Roundup: Cable Cars in the Balkans

Jahorina Mountain, a popular ski destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the planned location for a cable car system to transport people between it and Sarajevo’s airport.
Photo Credit: EXIT Photo Team [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]



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