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King Pine Terminal Removed
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Led by Lift Operations Supervisor, Kiel Thompson, Sugarloaf's Lift Maintenance team began demolition of the bottom terminal of the King Pine lift on Thursday, July 2, 2015. With the help of Nickerson Rigging & Crane Services, the same company who aided the resort with the Spillway/Skyline project back in 2011, the demolition process is nearing completion after just one week.
All that remains of the former King Pine terminal is a structural skeleton, and a view that hasn't been seen since the lift was installed in 1988.
In a June press release, the resort announced that the King Pine lift would receive a new Doppelmayr TRISTAR terminal (the same style as Skyline), expected to ready for a December opening.
With the existing King Pine towers and chairs will remaining in place for the new terminal, the haul rope, with chairs, has been removed from the old bullwheel, repositioned, and anchored to allow for construction to begin on the new terminal in the coming weeks.
Elsewhere on the mountain, lift mechanics are also focusing on routine summer maintenance such as extensive gear box inspections, sheave assembly maintenance and line work, plus non-destructive testing.
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About Sugarloaf - Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East. In the summer, Sugarloaf is home to the number one golf course in the state of Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow us online at www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.