Every time I go to the loaf, it's one thing or another.  Ususally negative 20 degree temps with a high windchill and rock solid terrain.  But I was up there Saturday and the snow and temps were great; had a blast.  Until there superquad broke down twice, sending everybody and their cousin Joey to those sweet double lifts which take about 30 minutes to get to the top.  Don't get me wrong, the loaf has some nice steeps and is great when everything pulls together, but it's rare.  Thank You SR for having reliable lifts and conditions.  Dependability goes a long way. 

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It's no secret that the lifts and/or wind at SL is their achillies heel.

 

The Barker quad wasn't running as smoothly as expected on Sunday; nothing serious, only a handful of stops with 15 to 45 second pauses.

We got stuck on it once Sunday for a mechanical issue that required maintainence to snowmobile up to the top for a quick fix.  Being only 2 chairs from the summit it appeared to be a chair detatching snag that was corrected in no time.  It gave the summit enough time to clear out so we had the mountain to ourselves that one run.

Hopefully no Jordan Quad issues this season....

KC said:

It's no secret that the lifts and/or wind at SL is their achillies heel.

 

The Barker quad wasn't running as smoothly as expected on Sunday; nothing serious, only a handful of stops with 15 to 45 second pauses.

+1

Ripsaw said:

Harsh, harsh !!

"Rare" is a bit of an overstatement

 The b******' over on their board about it is very loud and long, it has a piss poor track record:

http://www.sugarloaftoday.com/chat/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3869

 

Personally, I think Spillway (1975) is even worse. It gets slower every year,  and I have been on it when a guy was standing on a tower hitting the wheels with a sledgehammer...not sure why, but not very comforting! They should FIX the SQ, but the Spillways should be their #1 replacement priority!!!

I believe Spillway is the first lift replacement in their sites.  I would guess that it would be a fixed grip quad to the very top on the cat track as there is no room for a detach terminal up there.  Given they installed a carpet load at Loon, I would imagine this would be the setup on a fixed grip spillway replacement as the carpet allows for an extra 150FPM line speed over the normal fixed grip speed.  I have also heard talk of King Pine and or Timberline being upgraded but given winds they get up there, can't imagine either of those going detach either.  Barker quad has had quite a few issues ever since they did the second Poma retrofit to the original Yan lift.  And given it's the busiest lift at SR, it might be time to replace.  If so, they could move the old Barker to white cap quad, I'm sure the Locke, Tempest Ridge, White Cap, Brookside and Summit Hotel folks would love that.

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