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January 1 Power Outage
On January 1st, we experienced a power outage that disabled power to the base lodge and many of our lifts. As you may recall from one of our earlier posts last season, ski resorts are not immune to power outages-although they are rare, we experience them just as you would at home.
Our electricians worked closely with crews from Central Maine Power company, and were to restore power to most of our lifts and parts of the base lodge-the power outage was isolated to certain sections of the lodge and three lifts, Skiwday, Whiffletree and King Pine. We were able to locate an industrial-sized generator that was roughly the size of a box-truck trailer, and able to fully power the base lodge, while our lift maintenance department continued to troubleshoot the source of power outage.
Our electricians worked around the clock for three days, and were able to trace the power outage back to a blown transformer in the Whiffletree area. However, a replacement for that particular transformer was somewhat difficult to source, and took an additional day to transport.
With a lot of work and a 20-ton crane, the new transformer was delivered to its new home at the bottom of Pole Line-a rather impressive feat to watch.
Together with the help from the CMP crews, our electricians were able to complete the installation of the new transformer and restore power to the three effected lifts.
Next week I'll tag along with the Lift Maintenance department, to get a firsthand experience of a day in their life. Stay tuned for my recount.