Seems they've feared their ugly head again.  Looks as though Barker went from being down for maintenance just Monday to Monday through Wednesday (at the least as of now).  It looks like North Peak Express (has been one of the more reliable though lightly used until T72 went in) is down now too.  Hopefully it is just minor stuff, but Barker being out for long stretches mid season is becoming g the norm, not the exception.  I think MB recommended not replacing Spruce and instead throwing that money on an all new Barker.  That is sounding better and better.

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Yawn...haven't we been over this? Keep us safe. To install new lifts will raise prices. As things age they need more maintenance. If it's a safety issue - sure replace it. But a lift going down midweek for maintenance is not a big deal for me. Our car was out for maintenance for 3 days a couple weeks ago - and there are mechanics and parts readily available, not a ski lift with Parts not in hand. Isn't NP lift 5 years older than the glory days of perfection?
I am perfectly ok w maintenance on a lift. We know what happens to lifts that are not maintained. Things w moving parts break and need to be maintained. It's way to easy to just suggest new lifts all the time. It's just not practical. Buy a set of skins and AT binding and take a walk up the mountain, it's a lot of fun. And yes I sti like no Spruce and high speed six pack for Barker. I also never supported the chondy but so understand the marketing logic and NP dinner-wedding reasons

Wasn't Barker down last year (February at least) due to a worn out main bearing?  Is a supply of these not kept on hand in the parts "room"? What's the problem this time?

Make more snow on Oz and run that lift more to spread the load!

I'm not advocating a massive amount of lifts replaced.  Just Barker.  True things age and need more maintenance, I am aware of that.  My concern with Barker is that it is a hybrid lift.  Yes, LP has replaced/overhauled a lot of it, but some components are still LE/YAN.  A scheduled day of maintenance midweek is understandable, but when that day stretches to three, I start wondering if that is due to the hybrid nature of the lift.  It has really acted up mechanically more so than any other lift the last two seasons.  As one of the main lifts at the resort (I would define Barker/Chondi/South Ridge/Jordan as main lifts), it needs to be reliable since it is front and center.  Sure, Locke backs it up sort of, but not perfect as Locke summit does not flow to most of Barker terrain easily for the average skier.  Barker needs a replacement at some point.  

North Peak is probably just an unfortunate mechanical while Barker is down, and it has a more than adequate backup in the Chondi anyway.  

MB notes the Chondi and I see the marketing it allows and brings for multi-season use(I still think it was a worthwhile addition).  But I won't lie, I would have preferred a Barker replace over it.  

Rant off.

With Locke getting a new top terminal, Barker is now tied with Little White Cap as the oldest lift at SR. Was 1987 a long time ago?

Told you to buy that Carrera....

MissWynter said:

Our car was out for maintenance for 3 days a couple weeks ago - and there are mechanics and parts readily available.
I looked at it - but couldn't find space for 3 kids, a dog and skis.

Junior said:

Told you to buy that Carrera....

MissWynter said:

Our car was out for maintenance for 3 days a couple weeks ago - and there are mechanics and parts readily available.

Glade Monkey, that is sort of correct.  But since it's install, it's been retrofitted or overhauled twice by Poma.  The first was late 90's after the Yan bankruptcy and I want to say early 2000's was the second that came with the newer chairs and terminal skins (and likely other mechanical upgrades at the terminals).  I believe the total bill for those two events was almost equivalent to an all new install cost.  Given that, they are looking at 20 years of amortization at best from that expense.  I am certain that plays into any replacement schedule.  Had Yan not had it issues forcing the refit, Barker may be at optimal replacement age by now.

I would have to think Boyne has some sort of plan written down which outlines expected replacement/upgrades of lifts...I would love to see that plan along w data on how many actual pass holders we have sorted by bronze, silver, gold....mystery data.

MachSki said:

Glade Monkey, that is sort of correct.  But since it's install, it's been retrofitted or overhauled twice by Poma.  The first was late 90's after the Yan bankruptcy and I want to say early 2000's was the second that came with the newer chairs and terminal skins (and likely other mechanical upgrades at the terminals).  I believe the total bill for those two events was almost equivalent to an all new install cost.  Given that, they are looking at 20 years of amortization at best from that expense.  I am certain that plays into any replacement schedule.  Had Yan not had it issues forcing the refit, Barker may be at optimal replacement age by now.

Can I see your taxes?

Panamera....

MissWynter said:

I looked at it - but couldn't find space for 3 kids, a dog and skis.

Junior said:

Told you to buy that Carrera....

MissWynter said:

Our car was out for maintenance for 3 days a couple weeks ago - and there are mechanics and parts readily available.

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