Big changes are happening for this season! We installed a new 300ft
carpet lift to replace the old rope tow and a quad chairlift is being commissioned
to replace the Orange and the Yellow TBar.
300 ft carpet lift
Over the summer, we installed a new 300 ft carpet lift to replace
our old rope tow and this new lift opened in early November.
Quad chairlift (updated Jan. 15, 2018)
A Leitner-Poma-BM chairlift was delivered in May 2017 and we are working to install it.
The used four-passenger (quad) chair, which we bought from a ski area in Ontario,
replace both the Orange TBar and the Yellow TBar and runs from the bottom of
Andy's Gully up to the top near our existing chair.
We had hoped to open the new chairlift
at the beginning of the season but some things took a little longer than expected.
All runs to be serviced by the new quad are still accessible as we kept the Yellow
TBar in place and operational.
Although this is a used chairlift, every component (motor, gearbox, sheave assemblies,
brakes, hydraulics, electronics and safety systems) has been rebuilt or is brand
new. A critical component, the new drive electronics (basically the computer which
monitors and controls
the lift), arrived on December 18 which was a couple of months later than originally
anticipated. While Christmas holidays and the cold snap after Christmas slowed
our work somewhat, our staff are now working full-out to install and connect all the electrical
and safety systems to the new drive.
On Jan. 2, the drive was energized and on Jan. 5, the new cable was hydraulically
tensioned. During the cold week of Jan. 8-12, we turned the chair and finished
the alignment of the sheave assemblies on the towers. Our electricians continued
work on connecting everything together and the NDT (non-destructive test) of the
new cable was completed on Saturday.
This week (Jan. 15-19), we will be putting the chairs on the line and completing
the wiring to get the chairlift ready for commissioning next week.
We still expect to have the chair open this season and likely this month, but
we won't be able to give you an estimated time frame for opening until the chair
passes all tests and inspections. We'll update this information on the weekend
of Jan. 20.