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King Pine: The Final Stages

Sunday, January 3, 2016

After we picked up more than 18" of new snow in the last week, our open terrain has been expanding almost daily. And, as our Lift Maintenance department completes the final tests on the King Pine lift this week, it looks like we could be riding the lift and skiing the King Pine bowl as early as tomorrow, January 4th.

The first load test on King Pine, which was conducted on December 18, revealed some relatively minor design issues that needed to be adjusted in the auxiliary run-off system. Engineers from Dopplemayer were on hand to analyze the issue, and prescribed a replacement clutch and gear reducer. The replacement part was expedited from Salt Lake City, UT, however it was in transit during the peak of holiday shipping. 

This minor setback added about a week to the completion timeline, and required the entire line to be re-loaded with water, in order to re-test the auxiliary runoff equipment. The second test was performed on December 30, and revealed no remaining issues with the run-off system.

The crew is finishing up the routine inspections, alignments, and test runs, in hopes of having the lift operational as early as tomorrow morning.

Since the return of more seasonable temperatures after Christmas Day, our snowmakers have been working around the clock to expand overage, and allow access to the lift. This weekend, the gang buried Ramdown and Tohaul, and have since moved equipment to Widowmaker and Flume. 

Stay tuned for the latest snowmaking and terrain updates in our Daily Report.

And, in case you missed it on WSKI-TV this past week, our Vice President of Mountain Operations, Richard "Crusher" Wilkinson, talks about snowmaking to date, King Pine lift progress, and projected openings with Greg Powers. See the full segment below.