Ever since we announced that the Spillway lifts would be replaced following the 2010-11 season, we’ve been inundated with requests from Sugarloafers looking to purchase individual chairs from the lift. Today we’re happy to announce that the Spillway chairs are now officially on sale.
Just like the old gondola cabins, the Spillway chairs offer a great chance to own a little piece of Sugarloaf history.
You can purchase the chairs in any of four different forms: benches, gliders, double-gliders, or in their original forms. See below for images and prices, and contact the Sugarloaf Ski Shop at 207-237-6990 (Tuesday-Sunday) to order your chair today.
Spillway Chair Prices:
Original Form - $250
Purchase a chair in its original form, and modify it in any way you like.
Bench - $450
Glider - $1100
Double Glider - $1700
Since we made the announcement back in February that we would be installing a new lift this summer to replace Spillway, one of the questions we’ve heard more than any other has been: “What will the new lift be called?”
Well, if you’re a regular reader of our local community newspaper, The Original Irregular, you may already know the answer to that question. Once each month, The Irregular publishes a column, “View From The Top,” written by various members of Sugarloaf’s management team. In last week’s issue the column was written by our Vice President of Mountain Operations, Rich “Crusher” Wilkinson, and in it, he announced the new name for the lift, as well as a few other interesting news items.
So what’s the name? After much consideration, research, and debate, our new lift will officially be known as the “Skyline Quad.” As Crusher explained in last week’s column, “Skyline” is a logging term which refers to a method of removing logs from difficult-to-access areas via a long, suspended cable, or skyline. The name fits well with Sugarloaf’s logging heritage, and signals the start of a new chapter in the Sugarloaf story.
Also in the column, Crusher introduced a new member of the Sugarloaf team, Keil Thompson. Keil will join us in the newly created position of “Director of Lifts,” and will oversee both the Lift Maintenance and Lift Operations Departments. With nearly 40 years experience in the construction, maintenance, and operation of chairlifts throughout North America, Keil is uniquely qualified to oversee all aspects of our lift operations. He has served as Director of Lifts and Lift Maintenance at several resorts, and was in charge of the design and construction of nine lifts at the Yellowstone Club in Montana. Welcome, Keil!
You can read Crusher’s full column right here.
Construction has begun.
Our apologies for the fuzzy Blackberry camera photos, but what you’re looking at here are the first shots of the Dopplemayr construction crew pouring concrete for terminal and tower footings.
With the demolition of the old Spillway lift now essentially complete, we have officially started the process of constructing the new lift. The cement trucks made their way up the mountain to the base of the lift yesterday and set to work on the base terminal, and today began pouring the concrete footings for the new towers.
To transport the cement up the steep trail, the crew used a bucket attached to a skidder (see photo), which was then towed into place with our army-tank-type-contracption (fondly known as The Bomb).
Things are starting to move along pretty quickly, so stay tuned for more (less blurry) photos of more construction later this week.
Each week brings new activity around Sugarloaf’s new lift, and this week is no exception. Today, several trucks arrived with some of the components for the new lift.
This flatbed truck is carrying the communications lines (in the round wooden container), the anchor bolts for the towers. Plus, the truck is carrying the cross arms that will sit atop the towers and bear the load of the haul rope.
Additionally, a smaller truck arrived with the rebar that will be used to reinforce the concrete tower foundations.
There was a ton of activity up on Spillway today, so we’ll start at the bottom and work our way up. Like we mentioned earlier, yesterday we started pounding apart the remains of the bottom terminal with an absurdly huge jackhammer, and today we finished the job. The bottom Spillway terminal is no more…
With the base terminal in pieces, the next order of business was to begin to take down the towers. While the excavators worked to cleanup the remnants of the terminal, another crew headed about 8 towers up to begin the process of taking the towers down. In order to bring down the towers, we simply used a torch to cut the bolts attaching the tower to the footing, and allowed gravity to do its thing. By the end of the afternoon we had a total of eight towers on the ground, and we’ll work to finish the rest by the end of the week.
Some of the material from the towers will be re-used around the mountain where appriopriate, in things like bridges and railings, while the rest will be sold for salvage. For the time being, we’ll drag them out of the way using a little army-tank-type track vehicle, normally used for dragging snowmaking pipe up the mountain.
And while that crew was bringing down towers, our chainsaw crew was also hard at work along the Spillway trail. The western treeline on the Spillway trail needs to be moved back slightly to make room for the new lift line, so our trail crew has spend the past couple of days cutting back several feet of brush, all the way from the bottom of the trail, to the top.
Stakes like this one mark the locations of the new towers.
The gargantuan jackhammer made quick work of the cement towers and counterweight footings at the bottom Spillway terminal yesterday, and by now pretty much all that’s left is crumbled up concrete. We’ll still have to do a bit of excavating to get all of the cement pounded apart, but for all intents and purposes, the bottom terminal is no more. Today we’ll begin the process of taking down towers - look for photos later this afternoon.
This beast just passed by our offices in the Admin building, headed up the mountain to finish off the bottom Spillway terminal. With a jackhammer that size, it shouldn’t take too long.
Today we continued to dismantle the bottom terminals on Spillway, with the bullwheel, carriage, motors, gear box and more coming off of the west side. The terminal demolition is now nearly complete, with the exception of the cement towers, which will be pounded apart with a giant jack hammer next week. We’ll begin the process of removing towers next week as well. Stay tuned!
Demolition of the bottom Spillway terminal continued today, with more help from the Nickerson crane. The eastern terminal is now almost completely dismantled, after we removed the gear box, bullwheel, and the main platform that held everything together. (Apologies for the slightly blurry pics. Lousy Blackberry cameras…)
Tomorrow we’ll repeat the process on the west side, leaving only the counterweight housings, control housings, and towers left in the bottom terminal.
Today we began the process of removing the terminal for both sides of Spillway. The crew from Nickerson Rigging & Crane Service was on hand to help us remove the motor housings, electrice motors, auxiliary motors, and tower arms and sheave trains from the first two towers.
Throughout the demolition process, we will be reusing as much of the Spillway lift as possible in other areas of the mountain. The motors from the lift are all relatively new, and will be kept for possible use in other lifts. The motor housings will also be kept, and will be used for winter equipment storage.
We’ll see lots of activity here over the next two weeks, so stay tuned for more photos and video as we begin the process of removing towers, and complete the demolition of the terminals.