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    Maintenance holds happen everywhere. When you have tens of thousands of tiny (or big) moving parts, something is bound to break. It’s not just at Sugarbush. Sugarloaf, for example, has had a lot of issues this winter, and I couldn’t tell you what other resorts but I’m sure it’s the same for them as well. Just be thankful Valley House exists

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkierDude View Post
    Maintenance holds happen everywhere. When you have tens of thousands of tiny (or big) moving parts, something is bound to break. Itís not just at Sugarbush. Sugarloaf, for example, has had a lot of issues this winter, and I couldnít tell you what other resorts but Iím sure itís the same for them as well. Just be thankful Valley House exists
    Yes. Iím heading to Sugarloaf in a week or so and have heard about the issues with the SuperQuad. Some mountains are worse than others and every mountain has their lemon lift. For Sugarbush itís probably Bravo or North Ridge and for Sugarloaf itís the SuperQuad. Barker at Sunday River is pretty bad and Little Whiteface is constantly down on mechanical hold. A lot of it depends on routine maintenance, which certain mountains are better at than others. Not going to name names.


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    As someone that skis Sugarbush regularly, the lifts have been very reliable over the past few years. Hopefully I have not jinxed myself with this post,... I was evacuated from Heaven’s gate about 5 years ago,... not fun, but shit happens

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    Itís funny you say that, I was just watching a video on YouTube of that rope evac. Not a fun time. It happened to Lookout at Stowe last year and then again to Challenger at Mount Snow.


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    Quote Originally Posted by djd66 View Post
    As someone that skis Sugarbush regularly, the lifts have been very reliable over the past few years. Hopefully I have not jinxed myself with this post,... I was evacuated from Heavenís gate about 5 years ago,... not fun, but shit happens
    Agreed. No idea what happened to bravo today but for the most part that thing is a work horse and other than wind holds Iíve rarely seen it down lately.

    I also remember that day HG was evacíd. I missed being on it for that by a mere 10 minutes or so. They had a lot of issues with HG that year and spent a lot of money in the off season doing major work on quite a few lifts after that.


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    Where is that? Spillsville?
    Paradise.

  7. #6427
    Quote Originally Posted by Slidebrook87 View Post
    I heard that GMX was running on diesel today. Can somebody verify this?


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    GMX was lit by lightning this summer and it took out all the tower switches and did damage to some components in the drive. Poma no longer manufacturer some of the component so we had to have a card manufactured in Finland of all places. In is in transit somewhere and hopefully will be the final fix to get GMX running on electric again. Fortunately, we have two diesel motors so GMX can run at speed on the diesel backup. Not great to burn diesel and it costs a lot to do it, but it is running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinS View Post
    GMX was lit by lightning this summer and it took out all the tower switches and did damage to some components in the drive. Poma no longer manufacturer some of the component so we had to have a card manufactured in Finland of all places. In is in transit somewhere and hopefully will be the final fix to get GMX running on electric again. Fortunately, we have two diesel motors so GMX can run at speed on the diesel backup. Not great to burn diesel and it costs a lot to do it, but it is running.
    Didnít know about that. Itís a good thing that it was ordered with the 2 diesel backups, not all lifts can run full speed on backup power. I know Super Bravo and Gate House canít. I remember during the 2017/18 season Ursa Express ran on diesel power for most of the season which destroyed capacity due to it only running at 700 ft/min. Even to this day, that lift has so many issues. It wonít be long before itís scrap metal. Most recently the grips have been having force issues which is a potential safety threat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by djd66 View Post
    As someone that skis Sugarbush regularly, the lifts have been very reliable over the past few years. Hopefully I have not jinxed myself with this post,... I was evacuated from Heaven’s gate about 5 years ago,... not fun, but shit happens
    Yes, they have. We keep detailed statistics and can see exactly how many hours lifts are scheduled to run and how many hours they are down for a mechanical or electrical reason. All 16 lifts have run well over 99% of the scheduled thousands of hours that they are scheduled to run Lift are complicated and sophisticated pieces of equipment and things happen. That is why we have experienced, professional and dedicated lift mechanics who work all summer on scheduled maintenance, get in pre-dawn to get all lifts going and then are here all day to respond to an problem. In our climate weather can affect lifts more than in other areas. . For instance, the other day we had a frozen contact on a Northridge Tower and it takes times to actual find which tower and which contact was affected.

    A lift evacuation is rare but it can happen to any lift. All patrols are professionally trained to get every down safely and as quickly as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slidebrook87 View Post
    Didnít know about that. Itís a good thing that it was ordered with the 2 diesel backups, not all lifts can run full speed on backup power. I know Super Bravo and Gate House canít. I remember during the 2017/18 season Ursa Express ran on diesel power for most of the season which destroyed capacity due to it only running at 700 ft/min. Even to this day, that lift has so many issues. It wonít be long before itís scrap metal. Most recently the grips have been having force issues which is a potential safety threat.


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    Two operating forms of propulsion are needed to start the lift. Usually this is Electric (sized to operate at design speed) and a backup diesel APU (sized to only unload the lift slowly). However as Win said, detaches can be purchased with three motors - Electric, Diesel, and Diesel (APU). The primary diesel is usually sized to operate at 75-100% of design speed and can do for long periods of time. The second diesel is again only used to unload the lift.


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