Thanks to all this snow we moved into our daily operational schedule two weeks early AND we are previewing night operations this Friday and Saturday with extended hours until 9 PM! The night season officially begins December 16! #MeadowsAfterDark #Winterishere
Check the schedule on the blog: http://bit.ly/2hcUHu3
We begin our series of Monday posts featuring mountain life at Meadows with a photo of this morning's Vista deice in action. The photo captures the "jolt" delivered by a brass hammer to knock frozen rime ice off the cable. Brass hammers are used because brass is more malleable so as not to damage the steel cable. It took about 15 minutes to clear tower 19. Then on to 18, and 17 ...
A half dozen lift maintenance crew are on towers this morning. Once the towers and shiv assemblies (including the sensors that are totally encased) are cleared of ice, the haul line is gently moved forward and back with crew hammering the cable to knock rime ice from the line spanning between towers.
Our crew will be climbing iced over ladders, hanging off the towers and hammering rime ice for several hours (sometimes several days in storm recovery) to free our lifts from those icy bonds. It's all part of #MeadowsMountainLife.