For starters our new Ski Patrol Station on the top of “Chair 10 the Wall”.
If by any stretch of the imagination you might think this was an easy task or a simple addition, think again. In my humble opinion, the new station is nothing less than an engineering marvel! To build this structure pitched at the very top of our highest, steepest chairlift where only eagles fly. With no power, limited access, elevation 9840’, transport solely by lift or boot, and a helicopter used for the cement drops and a-frame transports.
This is a Kirkwood Ski Patrol project that has been taking shape since early May…The new station was designed & engineered by Liam Bailey a 15yr Pro Patroller here at Kirkwood during the winters, in the summers Liam is a well accomplished engineer by trade. Leading the build was our Ski Patrol Director Alan Plaugher a 35yr veteran here @KirkwoodMtn. The build team consists of a slew of Kirkwood Patrol veterans, Adam, Kevin, Nate, Liam, Al & DP just to name a few. To sum it up, the new Ski Patrol station atop Chair 10 has some serious soul!
The new Chair 10 Patrol Station stands two stories tall @ 32’ X 32’. You can just see the peaks of the roof from the valley floor below.
The first floor will be a dedicated Snowcat / ancillary equipment storage area, needed to support our snowcat operations in this remote location. The second floor “the stand-by area” will better accommodate the storage needs for first aid and safety equipment. The new station will also provide an adequate shelter for our guests care, when & if needed. The power to the station will be a combination of solar power with the assistance of a diesel generator. Dave Myers, Sr. Director of Mountain Operations commented, “This New Station adds to our operational efficiency. In 1984, we added Chair 10. No easy task, in the past, our ability to open this lift following significant snowstorms has at times been compromised, by the occasional inability to utilize our Snowcat for plowing assistance at the chair 10 top terminal. We have also at times struggled to transport our ski patrol staff to remote snow safety locations. Having the additional Snowcat storage will better assure reliability and machine assistance for lift operation and snow safety support.”
A very welcome improvement for both our Mtn. Operations team and for our guest’s safety. As most know snow-safety & snow removal are some of Kirkwood’s biggest challenges. This new addition will greatly enhance our operational capabilities on those “big dump days” one might say, “you just might have to rethink your first chair here @Kirkwood” Do I line up at Chair 6 or Chair 10 this morning…. Just say’n!
Stay Thirsty my friends,