Lift Progress Updates

Sunnyside Triple

Load test on Sunnyside Triple

Load test on Sunnyside Triple

2/23/19; 12:45pm

Sunnyside is officially open! Thank you to our lift maintenance team for their hard work and dedication to getting the lift up and running, no matter how many curve balls were thrown their way.

2/21/19; 9:30am

Our lift maintenance crew was able to identify the electrical issue with the Sunnyside Lift and successfully repair the problem. The State has been very flexible with us through this process, and we were able to schedule a load test for this afternoon. Stay tuned for updates on when we’ll be opening the lift.

2/7/19; 5:00pm
Yesterday was our scheduled load test for the Sunnyside Triple and while we wish we could say everything went smoothly we were thrown yet another curve ball. The lift had run successfully for six days and was situated for inspection, but when it came down to inspection time we found a low voltage problem with one of the lift’s safety circuits. This circuit is what powers all the different buttons and sensors to the lift, and is a highly complex issue with about 1600 combinations that our lift mechanics have to troubleshoot in order to locate the problem. Why wasn’t this found prior to the winter? The answer is quite simple. This problem didn’t exist until yesterday. Our lift maintenance team will be working hard to locate the issue with the sensor and repair it correctly. For now, we will be focusing all efforts on getting the new High Country T-Bar ready as we have the LST crew (Iift manufacturer) arriving from France on February 11th for final testing and the acceptance test scheduled for February 14th, with the expected opening date for February Vacation Week.

Digging out the Sunnyside Triple chairs

Digging out the Sunnyside Triple chairs

1/31/19; 1:30pm
Our lift maintenance crew has made fast progress on getting the Sunnyside Triple ready to spin. We have a load test scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th which will be overseen by the State of NH Tramway Board officials and our insurer, with the U.S. Forest Service personnel in attendance.

1/27/19; 9:00am
We've begun to dig out the chairs in order to put them back on the cable and our lift maintenance crew is finishing their list items from the gearbox rebuild. Once this is taken care of they will then re-hang the chairs, do alignment and brake checks and then complete a load test overseen by State of NH Tramway Board officials and our insurer, with US Forest Service personnel in attendance.

Now that the Green Peak Triple Chair is underway again, we are focusing our attention to the Sunnyside Triple and will continue to work toward getting it up and running as soon as possible. Stay tuned for further info on progress and timing

High Country T-Bar

Ski patrol conducting the load test on the new High Country T-Bar

Ski patrol conducting the load test on the new High Country T-Bar

2/15/19; 3:30pm

We are so excited to announce that the new High Country T-Bar will be open to the public tomorrow, Saturday, February 16th. We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:15am at the base of the new lift, so be ready for first chair and snag the first tracks of the season up on High Country. 

1/27/19; 9:00am
The LST staff has been on site working on the new High Country T-Bar and they have provided their punch list. Yesterday we were able to spin it for the first time in order to stretch the haul rope. The next steps are to get the bullwheel retainer installed, put the Ts on the cable, and then install the PLC logic board which works as the brain of the drive, and then finish up the computer parameters. We have an electrical engineer coming on February 11th for final testing and then we’ll have acceptance testing with the State of NH Tramway Board officials, our insurer, and U.S. Forest Service personnel in attendance tentatively scheduled for February 14th.

The U.S. Forest Service has been very receptive and helping us to streamline this process. As with the Sunnyside Triple, getting the High Country T-Bar up and running remains a top priority for us.

1/19/19, 7:40am
The High Country T-Bar is in the process of the manufacturer’s inspection.  After that is completed, we will schedule a load test and acceptance testing with the State of NH Tramway Board officials, our insurer, and U.S. Forest Service personnel.

Installing the new transformer on the Green Peak chair

Installing the new transformer on the Green Peak chair

Green Peak:

1/27/19; 9:00am
The new transformer has been successfully installed and running beautifully. This morning we made a few final electrical tweaks and were able to get the lift up and running for the day. We cannot thank our lift maintenance crew enough for their hard work and persistence to get the Green Peak Triple up and running again.

1/24/19; 2:35pm:

Earlier this week we had an electrical engineer arrive to work on the Green Peak Triple to install a new conduit. Today our lift maintenance crew, with the help of the electrical engineer, installed the new transformer which will provide the lift with a new power source and hopefully resolve the power quality issues that we've been experiencing. At 5pm today we will do another full power shutdown to the mountain to continue repairs. This power shutdown will not effect Friday's operations. Tomorrow, our private contractor, will do a test on the lift to see how the new transformer is performing. Rest assured we will continue pressing forward until this issue is resolved. Stay tuned for more updates as we move into the weekend.

1/20/19; 4:10pm
Today we were able to get Green Peak up and running for a short time on an industrial generator that was rented to us to use as a quick, temporary fix for the holiday weekend. The generator, unfortunately, had problems of its own and couldn’t pull enough power to run the lift. Tomorrow we will begin installing a new transformer, with the help of an electrical engineer and our private contractor. This will provide the lift with a new energy source that we hope will resolve the power quality issue we’ve been having. We expect this process will take a week or so to complete. Stay tuned. Rest assured that this is a high priority for Waterville Valley Resort and we are putting all efforts towards this endeavor.

1/19/19, 7:40am:
After a long and tedious night for the Lift Maintenance Team, we are one step closer to a solution to operate Green Peak. Unfortunately for us all, Green Peak Triple Chair will not operate today.

Running tests on the Green Peak lift

Running tests on the Green Peak lift

The issue is a power quality problem coming into the lift drive. The drive is the brain of the lift mechanics. The power quality coming in is causing certain components to be overwhelmed and trip sensors that prevent the drive from operating. We have been working with a specialist that is considered the best Lift Electrician in the country and he is reaching out to his long list of resources and colleagues. Luckily, he lives close by and will be on property again today with new components to work through the problem. This is a complicated problem that has stumped many of the professionals that we’ve called upon, but their dedication to finding a solution is unwavering.

On the bright side, the snow is incredible! Have fun today and keep the positive vibes flowin'!

1/18/19, 11:30am

Running tests on the Green Peak lift

Running tests on the Green Peak lift

Lift Maintenance has been working tirelessly for the past few weeks to identify a power quality problem with the Green Peak Triple lift. We were able to set a solution in motion and ran the lift without issue on Thursday. This Friday morning we experienced electrical difficulties again that will prevent Green Peak from running today. Multiple professional consultants were mobilized to be on property later this afternoon to run further tests and diagnostics. At approximately 5pm we will do a full mountain power shut down to initiate these new repairs. The Base Lodge will be put on the backup generator to continue service for any patrons still in the Freestyle Lounge. Crews will work into the night to get Green Peak up and running for Saturday morning. We will keep you up to date as progress continues. The power shut down will not have any effect on Saturday’s operations. It is simply necessary to complete the intended repairs.

Please send all your positive vibes to our amazingly dedicated Lift Maintenance team as they work toward opening Green Peak as soon as possible.