As some of you may recall, we announced this spring that we would be aggressively working to resolve the lift gearbox issues that cropped up on several of our high-speed six-pack lifts. To keep everyone up-to-date on the progress of this project, I'd like to post an update that I recently received from our Lifts manager:
So far the Payday lift has been retro-fitted with the new gear box combination and has been operating for the summer season. Silverlode and Bonanza will both have new bullwheels with the lower gearboxes installed by the end of next week. Delivery of the upper gearboxes is scheduled for early October. It is a relatively quick process to install the upper boxes since the major work involves the new bullwheels.
Work will begin on the King Con lift by the end of August. Although King Con is a quad, it has the same gearbox that failed in the 6 packs. The McConkey's lift is scheduled last since it had a new gearbox of the old type installed last season. Nevertheless, the plan is to also have it retro-fitted before the start of this winter's ski season.
I'd like to add that it was really impressive to see how quickly our Lift Maintenance team was able to switch out the PayDay lift gear box this spring, particularly since there isn't a lot of time to work on PayDay (and Town) lifts between our winter and summer seasons!