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Whiffletree Lift Update
After further examination of the Whiffletree gear box last night, our lift maintenance team found that repairs would not be as simple as they had initially hoped. In order to definitively determine the source of the problem (see yesterday's post for further details), the gear box will need to be disassembled and rebuilt - a process that requires us to ship the box to a third-party vendor in Michigan who specializes in this type of machinery. As a result, we will unfortunately have to keep the Whiffletree lift closed for an estimated 1-2 weeks, until the gear box is repaired.
This is both disappointing and surprising for us, and is certainly not the news we hoped to share with you this morning. This particular gear box was just rebuilt last summer, and had seen a minimal number of operating hours since it was installed this past December. It is unusual to encounter these types of issues with newly rebuilt gear boxes, and we are working with the vendor that performed the work to find out what went wrong.
The downtime for the lift means that it will not be available for the upcoming Downhill 24 event on March 11-12. The event will still happen, and we are working with the WinterKids organization on moving it to a different location on the mountain. We expect to have details on the new location available to announce by the end of the day tomorrow.
We'll continue to keep you updated with any news on the Whiffletree lift right here in the coming weeks.