January 1, 2011 2:02 pm
Happy New Year everyone! 2011 is going to see the opening of the newly expanded Summit East! As you can see below weve been busy loading chairs onto the Hidden Valley lift and will do the same to East Peak shortly. Stay tuned for an opening synopsis.
Hopefully it will be this winter 2011 and not next winter 2011!
PSE got power to the base of the triple the last week. Today 1/2 the chairs were on Hidden Valley with the balance to be finished Monday or Tuesday. Its running. The plan for the triple is to finish aligning the towers and add chairs end of this week. Load testing next. The triple was turning today on back up power and looks good. So stand bye Hyakers and will be open soon. I was there all day work was being done both front and back sides
Its encouraging to see maybe it will open this month. I am suprised in that photo one of the old wood pole bases from that cover over the old Dino is still there sticking up several feet out of the snow to the right of the lift. I remember seeing that earlier and assuming they would cut that off at the base, looks like a hazard to me.
New to hyak.net but a long time fan of Hyak. Ive been following eyeontheeast and see this message was added to the new year posting. Apologies if someone already posted this:
Please note: We very much want to get Summit East opened for you as soon as we possibly can! Unfortunately, despite our seven day a week efforts, our final steps are taking a bit longer than we had expected or hoped for. So please hang in there with us as we know the end result will be worth the wait! Please stay tuned later this week for more specific information on our projected opening date.
What a cluster you know what up there. Talking straight from the lead supervisor at the hyak project, he said that it would take a miracle to get hyak open in 3 weeks from now and 6 weeks would be a better estimate. The area won't give him anyone else to help finish the project up. He has had average of 8 workers a day and needs at least 21 workers from here on out. Another reason they are so far behind is because they originally put the wrong gears in the chair and spent last week swapping the gears from one chair to the next. He wouldn't be shocked if hyak doesn't open at all this season and neither would I. I want the moeny back on the 8 seasons pass my family bought to ski at hyak this season.
I had heard they put the wrong gears in the HV chair and that it ran way too fast so they had to be swapped out. I'd think the only hold up to Hyak opening would be the triple chair since they could run the area w/o the HV lift, and it seems the triple is way behind. I'm thinking mid Feb would be a good guess and that it might only be open for a few weeks at the most. (my guess)
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Wow, thats pretty bad news, I wish they had focused on getting the triple up and running and worry about HV later. Yes, it would have been great to have HV running also but not at the cost of a short if any season for Hyak. I guess we can hope its earlier, but these reports are pretty discouraging.
If I was Boyne, heads would roll that Hyak is so far behind in getting open. The head people, office wise, should be losing their jobs over this honestly. I am not talking about the guys out there working in those cold temps, the few guys they have on the mountain are putting the effort in. Would any of us keep our jobs if we fubared a project this bad? I don't think so.
Hyak opened the first weekend of February!!!! Now, for my next prognostication - the snow will start coming this week and by mid-march we will be up to our ears in beautiful powder that will last far longer than they will keep the area open!