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Gondola Trivia for Lift Freaks!

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 4:27 AM GMT

Just prior to merging with Hall, PHB built Gondola that were called "Skycruisers" after ther merger. I believe that that was how they were marketed after Hall came into the picture, but I cold be wrong. Anyway, One of these was built in two phases (actually 2 lifts) at Sugarloaf in 63' and the top being finished in 64.' Whereas PHB and Hall built several variations of these for amusement parks and some ski resorts, an indientical "Skycruiser" was built right after the one at Sugarloaf.

What famous resort was this built at? (Also a 2-part Gondola) Hint: The resort has one other thing in common with Sugarloaf, which has nothing to do with terrain or lifts.

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 5:02 AM GMT
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I know little about lifts but from your last clue and they did have a gondola during that time I'm going to guess Sugarbush. Then again it could be kmart.....lol...final guess kmart.

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 6:17 AM GMT

Wildcat I believe

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 1:12 PM GMT

Loon. Both the Wildcat and Sugarbush gondi's were Carlevaro/Savio (Wildcat's a double and the Bush's was a tripple). Among other things the 2 areas had in common were the logging and railroad themes, not to mention the octagonal shaped buildings.

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 1:41 PM GMT
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Interesting connections. Octagonal shaped buildings was especially cool, but I'm thinking of another resort and it's not in the East. (And it's not Keystone or Telluride) The additional clue I will give is that the resort's thing in common with Sugarloaf/usa is not not an inanimate object.

This one is hard, and probably a little silly, but with some research, the answer will become obvious. It's just that you have to find ONE particular page of info that will give the answer if not already known.

I have always dreamed of skiing this other resort and will do so at the end of this month!

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 1:44 PM GMT

Loon did have a PBH/Hall Gondola (it still has the signature tripod towers) but it wasn't a two stage lift. Still thinking...
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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 1:50 PM GMT

The Gondola I'm thinkning of had the same cabin design as SL's "Skycruiser."

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 1:51 PM GMT

Park City?1963?

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 1:56 PM GMT

Squaw Valley? I still don't know what it has in common with Sugarloaf.
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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 2:15 PM GMT

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Squaw Valley? I still don't know what it has in common with Sugarloaf.

Ok, the cabin clue rules out my guess and Park city which both had the boxier Hall cabins...
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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 2:44 PM GMT

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Squaw Valley? I still don't know what it has in common with Sugarloaf.



We have a winner!!!

What does Squaw Valley/USA have in common with Sugarloaf/USA???

I was going with the "USA" thing here, but they have both hosted World Cup downhills as well.

SV's SkyCruiser is now gone as well, but it's in Hot Dog... the movie!

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 2:45 PM GMT

Jackson Hole? I didn't think their gondola was that old, but wasn't there a Harry Baxter connection?
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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 4:15 PM GMT

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Loon did have a PBH/Hall Gondola (it still has the signature tripod towers) but it wasn't a two stage lift. Still thinking...


D'oh! 2 stages, I missed that in the question.

Now, it's a Dopplemeyer drive, with CWA cabins.

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 5:00 PM GMT
Edited: Feb 02, 2007 - 5:01 PM GMT

Jerry,

Are sure Squaw and Sugarloaf had the same Cabins? I've been looking at old pictures on chairlift.org and I think Loaf's cabins were smaller, more egg shaped and Squaw's were more box shaped like the old Loon and Park City Gondolas. What do you think?

http://www.chairlift.org/pics/sugarloaf/sl2.jpg

http://www.chairlift.org/pics/squaw/sq15.jpg

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