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  1. I was going to mention this in the triple thread, but it belongs here. Saturday was a disaster at Attitash. Triple was down so lift lines were long (for their standards). And worse yet, sewage had flooded the first floor. Apparently the bathrooms overflowed resulting in sewage spilling out and into other halls / rooms. It smelled accordingly. If you had a sewage flood at home, you would probably rip up all of the flooring, baseboard, and drywall. Did they? Of course not. They cleaned the carpet.
  2. A week and a half in. They still don't know what is wrong and continue to disassemble the lift.
  3. I think the price is being pegged high because of Bretton Woods.
  4. The Conway Daily Sun has a fairly lengthy article on the Triple. John Lowell basically says "don't blame me, it's a Peak Resorts decision." Short answer is there almost certainy won't be a new lift next year. And Peak Resorts considers this type of investment to be something that must be planned several years in advance. There is not much hope.
  5. UPDATED 2/28/19 Afternoon update: Another day of progress here on The Summit Triple, as our crews were able to fully drop the bottom plate to expose the entirety of the planetary gear system. Our guys started up first thing this morning with the laborious process of lowering the bottom plate on the planetary gear system. Since this plate weighs hundreds of pounds, it was critical we take our time and accomplish this safely. Once the bottom plate was removed, we finally had our first clear look into the planetary system, and we saw…nothing. While this sounds anticlimactic, it allows up to rule out the planetary system as the cause of the problem. So, you may be asking, what’s next? Well, since we were able to rule out the planetary system, we now know that the issue is closer to the very inner workings of the bullwheel. Now that we know the planetary is not the issue, we will begin preparations to drop the bullwheel, where we believe we will find the root of the problem in the main bearing of the bullwheel. These preparations are going to take time, but thanks to some specialized rigging we got from the lift maintenance team at Mount Snow, this will go a lot easier. First up, we need to rig the lift cable to be removed from the bullwheel. This is a process that will take at least a full day of rigging, planning and prep. Once the cable is removed, we will continue rigging the bullwheel in preparation for lowering it. This involves another full day of work, including removing the emergency breaking system on the lift. Right now, we anticipate being able to drop the bullwheel this weekend if all goes to plan. While we’re making progress, we are still a ways out from a fix for The Summit Triple. As you can probably infer, we won’t have the lift for this coming weekend, and while we don’t currently have a timeline for when this might reopen, we want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to get this lift back up and running. We thank you for your patience.
  6. Wednesday Afternoon Update: Today was all about prepping and removing the outer layers that house the planetary gear set of the Summit Triple. First up, we removed a smaller plate that gave us access for the first time to the center of the planetary get set. With this removed, we are able to peer right into the very center of the gear set and get a clearer look at an area that has so far been out of reach to us. As we removed the smaller plate – smaller being a relative term, as the plate weighs 75+ pounds – we noticed a number of metal filings that are certainly not supposed to be there if everything was functioning correctly. [the small plate can be seen in the photo below where Brian is using a screw gun to remove the hex nuts holding it in place] While it’s too early to determine directly where these came from, our hunch is that they came from the bullwheel bearing. The presence of these filings means that we need to continue to remove layers from the planetary gear set to get access to where the bearings are located. Once this was determined, we set to work preparing the next layer for removal. This next layer is a massive bowl-shaped piece of half-inch steel, weighing roughly 300+ pounds, that makes up the protective covering of the planetary gears. In the picture below, you will see we’ve inserted four threaded rods into the area above the plate. These will be used to slowly lower the plate and finally expose the full workings of the planetary gears. From there, we’re hoping to have a clearer look at the problem, or at the very least confirmation that we need to dive deeper into the workings. We’ll start lowering this larger plate first thing in the morning and will be sure to report back with our findings here on the blog.
  7. What a dream! Wildcat management is very honest that they will never open without the quad skiable.
  8. Wednesday: Crotched for ARL Friday: night skiing at King Pine? If time allows. Saturday: Attitash for EICSL Championship race Sunday: TBD
  9. Using the mobile app? It doesn't like the social media embeddings because it a generic app built to work with several forum software stacks. The form software we use, IPS Community, is more fully featured which is why I pay a premium for it.
  10. The broken guides were not Tapatalk's fault. But I still can't turn off their App without crashing the site. But everything should be working again.
  11. I've been meaning to update this thread. Save the date: Saturday, April 13. Rain date: Saturday, April 27. And there still will be some merriment on the 13th at the ski club if Sunday looks good.
  12. Front page is back up. That problem was related to disabling the mobile app support by turning off the Tapatalk extension. Not good. I'm not sure if the mobile app will keep working. No promises. I have tickets open with both the platform vendor and Tapatalk.
  13. Testing that the app still works... I followed the instructions given in my support ticket. It really broke things. Front page is down. Son of a bitch! Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  14. 2/25/19 Monday Afternoon Update: Work is still progressing to access the trouble area that led to the Summit Triple closing on Saturday. We’re making progress, but the area that we need to get to is at the very heart of the gearing that moves the bullwheel. On Sunday, our lift mechanics fully drained the oil from the gear box above the bullwheel and the planetary gear below the bullwheel. Samples of this oil are now being tested to see if we can better diagnose the problem. What sounds like a relatively fast and straightforward process, actually took 7 hours yesterday, due the cold turning the lube oil to a similar viscosity of molasses or honey. Imagine having to pour 60 gallons of honey through a space the size of a dime, and you’ll have a good idea of what we were up against on Sunday. Watching paint dry might have actually been more exciting. Now that we have the lube oil drained out of these gearboxes, we can begin get a proper look inside to see what the issue might be. This initial look is accomplished using an endoscope camera that we can snake inside of the gear box. Most of today will be spent looking into these gear boxes in the hope of being able to figure out if we are looking at a problem with the gears or with the bearings within the assembly. OK, you ask. What is a planetary gear? Let’s start from the beginning. The lift is powered by an electric motor which spins at 1750 RPM when at full speed. The motor is managed by the drive system, which serves as the brains of the machine, telling the motor how fast to spin and how much power it needs. The drive is what we replaced in December after the power short caused by that pesky squirrel. The motor spins a shaft that enters the top gear box at a horizontal angle. The gear box then gears down the speed to create the power and torque needed to make the lift move. The gear box also changes the angle from horizontal to vertical, transferring the power down past the bullwheel and into the planetary gear assembly, which is a series of gears that drive the bullwheel. A vertical shaft leads from the upper gear box and drives the sun gear in the planetary assembly (see diagram below). The sun gear in turn drives the planetary gears, which transfer the energy to the outside of the assembly, known as the ring gear. The bullwheel is attached directly to the ring gear on the exterior of the planetary assembly and ultimately drives the wire rope, which then takes the chairs uphill. The planetary assembly and the bullwheel are supported by bearings which hold the assembly in place. We understand that you were all hoping we’d have better news today, but unfortunately these things take time. We assure you that we are working as hard as possible to diagnose and fix this issue, and we’ll be sure to keep you all informed as we make progress.
  15. Noted. I've changed the styling to the basic default theme until the issue is resolved. Just trying to isolate variables even though it didn't help. I'll restore the styling when the issue is resolved. Thanks for catching this so quickly!
  16. Installed an update today. Please let me know if you notice any issues.
  17. Weekend update: it was great! Saturday was bluebird with packed powder and excellent coverage. Some of the typically rocky places were tracked out, but overall excellent. Lower Catapult was the pick of the day. Soft groomer that you could lay it out on. Sunday was a powder day. About 3" of dense sugar snow that covered everything. Snowed all day. By the end of the day you could rip down anything. That dense snow really held an edge and the breeze pushed it into the troughs creating a smooth surface. Copy Cat and Tomcat Schuss were exceptional. Saturday was again a busy day, but they've gotten into the habit of running the Tomcat Triple every weekend day now, so you could avoid the line. Sunday was much quieter and a refreshing return to the Wildcat that I know and love.
  18. Sorry that I missed the thread. Ended up at Wildcat both days. Was a most excellent choice.
  19. I'd agree with that sweet spot range. I ski the Enforcer 93 as my eastern USA daily driver. The Enforcer 100 as my Alps and spring ski, plus light powder or sloppy seconds days. That covers most of the season. I've got a couple narrower skis for the days of groomers only, which have been rare this year.
  20. Perhaps this is one factor as to why Wildcat has been super busy all season.

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