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Load Testing

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Big developments coming from the King Pine terminal site this week; on Friday, December 18, 2015, with various representatives and engineers from Dopplemayr on hand, our lift maintenance department preformed the dynamic load test-one of the final inspections before the lift will be deemed ready for operation. 

The procedure, which simulates the operation of a fully loaded lift using boxes filled with water, puts all aspects of the lift's operations, including the drive, electrical, and braking systems, to the test; it is a necessary part of any lift installation, as well as routine inspections, and is required by the State before they license a new or retrofitted lift to operate.

The test was completed in roughly 10 hours, utilizing 224 boxes, and approximately 44,880 pounds or 5,375 gallons of water. 

Going forward, the Lift Maintenance department will be performing the routine line work and sheave inspections, and putting on the finishing touches, before it opens to the public. 

Earlier in the week, and elsewhere on the mountain, the crew performed the same dynamic load test on the Snubber chair, in preparation for it opening when lower terrain is available.  

Additionally, the Whiffletree Quad underwent its routine annual state inspection this week, receiving passing marks. So, as our snowmakers work to expand coverage and increase the open trail count, our lifts will be ready.  

Click here to see more photos from the Load Test, and check back later for more updates.