Lift Construction Continues in the Snow
October 30, 2019
As you probably know, Old Man Winter arrived a bit early this year here at the mountain. Seeing appreciable snow this early is always exciting; however, it makes for a challenging environment in which to install a ski lift and prepare a new pod of ski trails. Despite the challenging—yet welcome—snowfall, things continue to move forward.
The construction of the Bottom Lift Operator’s House has been completed and work continues on the Top House. Concurrently, improvements to the Mountaintop Ski Patrol Headquarters are underway. Each of the trail signs for the new area, all of which were completely fabricated in-house, has been installed in its proper place within the 19-trail network. Xcel Energy crews have completed the installation of a new and upgraded underground electrical distribution network at the top of the mountain, including new transformers providing capacity for current as well as future developments. The Lift Tower tubes, communication cable and operator control cabinets arrived last week and are staged for deployment.
We eagerly await the final two shipments of lift components: one from Salt Lake City and the other from Leitner in Italy. Once all shipments have been delivered, final assembly of the lift towers will take place in the parking lot staging area prior to flying each to its permanent base on the hill. Components for the Drive (top) Terminal and the Return (bottom) Terminal will be moved into place at the same time. Then the real fun begins and I’ll provide more on that in my next post!