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Spruce Peak Triple at Sunday River needs major repair, failure in July 2016

post #1 of 10
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Sunday River is dealing with an unexpected problem with the Spruce Peak Triple.  According to a post on the SR website:

 

"On Sunday evening, July 10, 2016, Sunday River Resort's lift maintenance manager discovered that the foundation of the top terminal of the Spruce Peak Triple chairlift had become detached from the underlying ground.  The detachment caused the top terminal to be pulled downhill, which released tension on the haul rope and caused the rope and chairs to lower to the ground between some of the lift's towers."

 

"Decisions on repairing or replacing the lift have not been made at this point and will depend on several factors, including the results of the investigation. The resort is committed to moving forward as quickly as possible."

 

The triple was built in 1986.  It's not used during the summer.  However, normally people are allowed on Spruce Peak for hiking.  That peak is closed temporarily during the investigation into the cause of the failure.  No one saw the failure when it happened.

 

post #2 of 10

It's another Borvig lift. The industry may have to consider replacing or closing all of them. They're having a pretty bad run lately. Especially in New England.

post #3 of 10
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Apparently Sunday River had a problem with another lift back in 2007 that was related to problems with losing ground underneath the base terminal.

 

https://liftblog.com/2016/07/13/sunday-river-lift-severely-damaged-as-terminal-falls/

 

Given that CNL was trying to sell off ski resorts in 2015, I wonder how easy it will be for Boyne to push the idea of replacing the triple instead of just replacing the terminal and repairing damage.  Boyne has a long-term contract to operate SR, but CNL is the owner.  Adding the loading conveyor in 2014 was probably meant as a stop-gap measure to continue using the lift.  Similar reasoning behind adding conveyor loading to the Supreme triple at Alta.  Once people get used to conveyor loading, intermediates are less likely to have loading problem that result in having to stop the lift.

post #4 of 10

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/ski-resorts-chairlift-fails-skiers-hurt-40558213

 

The link is a little misleading but all I can say is WOW! Good thing it was summer and not in use.

 

Karl

 

Moderator note: post moved into existing thread on same topic

post #5 of 10
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The news posted on the SR website about the preliminary findings about the Spruce Peak Triple problem in July:

 

* July 20, 2016 *

Preliminary findings by MountainGuard engineers have identified concrete grout failure as a possible cause of the Spruce Peak Triple terminal detachment. Concrete grout had been used to adhere steel reinforcement bars which secured the foundation of the lift terminal to bedrock. MountainGuard's engineers will return to the resort on Thursday, July 21 to take core samples from the bedrock where concrete grout is present to use in its tests. Earlier this week, Sunday River was given permission by MountainGuard to de-tension the haul rope, which in turn lowered all remaining chairs on the Spruce Peak Triple. The site remains closed as a safety precaution during this on-going investigation. No decision has been made yet on repairing or replacing the lift.

post #6 of 10

Spruce is getting a new lift. No timeline yet on construction.

http://sundayriver.com/news

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Levy24 View Post
 

Spruce is getting a new lift. No timeline yet on construction.

http://sundayriver.com/news

 

Sounds like access to Spruce Peak will be open this season, but without a direct lift access.


"Spruce Peak Triple 

August 18, 2016

Sunday River plans to install a new three-person chairlift on Spruce Peak and is building a new top terminal on Locke Mountain.

The new Spruce Peak Triple will be a $2.1 million dollar Doppelmayr fixed-grip three-passenger chairlift to be built in the same location as the original lift. And like the original, the new Spruce Peak Triple will use a conveyor system to help load passengers onto the chairlift. Passenger ride time is expected to improve from 12 minutes to 10 minutes. A construction timeline for the new Spruce Peak Triple is still to be determined and will depend on several factors, including Doppelmayr's engineering plan as well as how quickly parts can be manufactured. . . . "

". . .

During the Spruce Peak Triple replacement interim, Spruce Peak terrain will open as conditions allow and can be accessed from the Aurora Peak Quad via Borealis and Sirius trails. Grooming and snowmaking will continue on Spruce Peak this winter regardless of the status of lift access. . . ."

post #8 of 10
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Based on the experience of a few other places, sounds like there might a possibility that the Spruce Peak triple could be running before the end of the 2016-17 season.  The cost is about $2 million for a Doppelmayr fixed grip triple.  The existing conveyor loading will be re-used.

 

https://liftblog.com/2016/08/18/sunday-river-to-build-new-lift-at-spruce-peak

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Spruce Peak chairlift replacement postponed until next year. 

http://sundayriver.com/news

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Originally Posted by Levy24 View Post
 

Spruce Peak chairlift replacement postponed until next year. 

http://sundayriver.com/news


Sounds like they decided having terrain open was more important than replacing the lift in a hurry.  Could actually mean some fun skiing for those willing to do a little hike.

 

From the FAQ:

"Will the terrain on Spruce Peak be groomed? Yes, our grooming team will put stripes on American Express and Risky Business as always, and will leave Downdraft untouched more often than not.  "

 

" . . .

Based on the engineering study , we've decided to replace the top terminal of the Locke Mountain Triple and make additional modifications to that lift as safety precautions. The Locke Mountain Triple is the only other chairlift at Sunday River engineered and installed around the same time as the Spruce Peak Triple. We expect all work to be done and the lift to be open for skiing by Thanksgiving, and have adjusted our plans for opening the resort this season to start with top-to-bottom skiing on Aurora Peak accessed by the Chondola.

Second, we began an engineering plan for a new Dopplemayr fixed-grip three-passenger chairlift to replace the Spruce Peak Triple. Our original goal was to have this new lift installed and open at some point this winter, but there are still a number of outstanding pieces that need to happen before the lift itself can even be manufactured. After a hard look at possible construction timelines based on where we sit today, we must delay construction until after this winter. The silver lining is that had we installed this new lift during the winter season, we would have been forced to close down a significant amount of ski terrain on and around Spruce Peak. We may have lost the Spruce Peak Triple for this season, but we refuse to lose its skiable terrain too.

What does this mean for the winter season? The terrain on Spruce Peak will still remain open for skiing, and we remain committed to snowmaking and grooming on these trails. Guests will be able to access Spruce Peak by riding the Aurora Peak Quad and skiing Borealis to Sirius, from which point a short hike around the shoulder of Spruce Peak will allow access to Downdraft, American Express, Risky Business, and Gnarnia as conditions allow. . . ."

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