For those who read the Steep Newsletter regularly probably know my position of advocating for lift maintenance training within the industry. I have been neglectfully not to mention the great program that the Ski Areas of New York, SANY, launched five years ago. Six years ago SANY launched a multi-session lift maintenance program that has been very well attended. The original program was structured for 6 years. This summer is the last of the six-year series. Over this upcoming summer, the SANY lift maintenance committee will be working on a program for the future that will include more advanced fixed grip and detachable classes. Let’s hope they can continue this hands-on training.
This program is not membership exclusive, SANY is extending an invitation to the entire New York State Ski Resort Community to participate. They want all to join in sharing the knowledge and expertise of the instructors and attendees. There is no cost to attend, SANY encourages all to bring as many staff as you like.
During the class sessions this summer, SANY will bring attendees up to date by discussing ropeway events that have occurred in the ski industry throughout the North America. At each class, there will be a discussion on the status of NYS Code Rule 32 and ANSI-B77, 2011.
SANY would also like ski areas to bring samples of lift components that failed prematurely or in an unusual way that would be interesting to others attending the classes. SANYis also interested in looking at specialized lift maintenance tools that you purchased or manufactured that made your job as a lift mechanic easier!
The training schedule has been finalized and here are the dates, locations, and topics:
- Gore Mountain – May 23, 2017
- Carriers and grips, inspection and NDT– Matt Allen, Lift Maintenance
- Reservation contact person: Matt Allen, Lift Manager
- Phone: 518-251-2411
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Greek Peak – June 6, 2017
- Terminal structure, carriages, bullwheels, hydraulics and tension systems – Toby Bonham, Mountain Manager
- Reservation contact person: Toby Bonham Email email@example.com 800-955-2754 Ext 6202
- Holiday Valley – June 27, 2017
- Sheave assemblies, towers and line equipment – Jim Curtis, Lift Manager
- Reservation contact person: Donna Hallick – Administrative Assistant Direct (716) 699-3908; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hunter – July 11, 2017
- Drive controls, safety circuits and basic electric – Dave Gulini & Bob Abrahamsen, Lift Manager
- Reservation contact person: Bob Abrahamsen; Phone: 518-263-4223 ext. 2280
- Email: email@example.com
- Woods Valley – July 25, 2017
- Prime movers, evacuation drives, and brake systems
- Lift Manager Keith Ouderkirk.
- Reservation contact person: Tim Woods – General Manager:
- Phone: 315-827-4721 Leave your reservation information on the answering machine
- Bristol – August 15, 2017
- How to conduct a dynamic load test – Troy Woodard, Lift Manager
- Reservation contact person: Marsha Cotteleer Phone: 585-374-1129
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please RSVP the ski area reservation contact person with the names of your attendees that plan to participate.
Classes are expected to begin at 8:00 AM and will end when all questions have been answered.
The typical program will be an all-day session lead by the host ski area lift maintenance department and others. Lunch will be provided and there will be no cost to you no matter how many people you send!
This program will provide training and networking to your lift maintenance staff in over 10 critical areas of lift maintenance. Invest the six days for making your lift maintenance staff better; just having six days of dialog with their peers at other resorts will be worth the investment, the specific training will be bonus value.