19
Mar

2021

Weekly Roundup: Celebrating Older Systems

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The Gatlinburg, Tennessee aerial tramway, seen here in 2006, will close this month to make multimillion-dollar improvements to the system.
Photo credit: Chris Hagerman, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • The Jasper Skytram in Canada is opening on March 26 with new COVID protocols. Under the new rules, the tram will carry 12 guests compared to the 30 prior to COVID. There are five movable cubicles that will allow multiple groups to ride up together. A seven-and-a-half-minute ride takes folks to the upper station where they can hike to Whistler’s summit for a 360-degree view of six mountain ranges.


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12
Mar

2021

Weekly Roundup: Cablebús Open Another Line

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Steamboat Resort in Colorado, seen here in 2013, is experiencing long lines due to COVID protocols on chair lifts and the gondola.
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  • Disney Skyliner leaves guests stuck for an hour. Guests on the themed gondolas were informed there were some technical difficulties which caused the delay. After about an hour, everyone was able to get off the cable car and board buses to their destinations. The Skyliner, part of the free transportation system at Walt Disney World Resort, is a visitor favorite.


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05
Mar

2021

Weekly Roundup: More Accessible Ski Resorts

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Adaptive skiers, like those pictured, would have a tough time on Telluride Mountain’s chairlifts previously. They’ve improved their gondola system to be more accessible.
Photo credit: Jackson Hole Adaptive Mountain Sports School
  • United Airlines is “flying” guests to the slopes. United began a service that will combine flying and a shuttle to get guests to Breckenridge Ski Resort. The comprehensive travel service is starting in Denver because of the number of ski resorts and second homes relatively close to the airport.


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26
Feb

2021

Weekly Roundup: Places Named Wellington Dominate Cable Car News

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A look at Mt. Wellington, Australia, where a planned aerial gondola is on hold due to Aboriginal heritage requirements.
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  • The Wellington Cable Car is celebrating its 119th anniversary with some facts and history. Construction of the funicular began in 1899 and opened to the public in 1902. The system was replaced in 1979 with the current design. The system made news in this recent Roundup.
  • The Tanzanian government approved the concept of a cable car on the mountain of Kilimanjaro in Africa. The project was first announced in 2019 to boost tourism and allow children and elderly visitors access to the mountain top. Currently, the project is being handled by the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). TANAPA emphasized approval from the government does not mean the project will be built. Feasibility, environmental and societal impact studies must be completed before government officials fully back the project.


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19
Feb

2021

Weekly Roundup: Several New Systems Set for North America

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Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. in Colorado announced its biggest redevelopment project since its opening in 1963.
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  • The Edmonton Gondola is awaiting city council approval of an agreement before continuing with detailed design. During a council’s urban planning committee meeting more than 30 people spoke in favor of the gondola and recommended the council approve the project. The $155-million gondola project would require no public funding, be integrated with public transit, and could potentially bring the city revenue through land leases needed for the system (e.g. tower bases). See a related Weekly Roundup hereSCJ Alliance, the parent company of the Gondola Project, has been retained to provide gondola expertise for this project.
  • A 100-year-old aerial ropeway cart in England has emerged from a Cornish cliff. The cart has begun to peak out of the cliff as it slowly erodes. The ropeway system was built to transport tin-rich sand up the cliffs to the Gwithian Tin Sand Works facility. The ropeway while efficient, was not a complete success so a tunnel was built to transport the sand. The Gwithian Tin Sand Works closed at the beginning of World War II, but ropeway remains still exist.


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12
Feb

2021

Weekly Roundup: The World’s First Passenger Cable Car

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Pictured is the second iteration of the cable car to take passengers between Bolzano, and Monte Pozza, Italy. This system was the first in the world to carry passengers.
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  • The Simon Fraser Student Society supports the Burnaby Mountain Gondola. The president of the Society wrote a letter to the mayor of Burnaby and the city council requesting their support for the Production Way to University Station Alignment. The letter expressed support for the shortest alignment and outlined the benefits for the university and residents. See a related Weekly Roundup here with more details. SCJ Alliance, the parent company of the Gondola Project, is part of this project.


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05
Feb

2021

Weekly Roundup: Japan’s First Permanent Cable Car

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Shinko Pier in Yokohama, Japan is the destination of Japan’s first permanent cable car, set to open in April.
Photo credit: Iketani Daisei, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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