The Blasting Required To Install A New Ski Lift Looks Like It’s Straight Out Of A WWII Movie

By 06.29.17
installing ski chairlift spruce peak explosions

vimeo / sunday river


We’re half a year away from Ski Season in North America. Ski mountains all across the continent are full of green grass right now with not an ounce of snow in sight. Ski resorts often take the Summer to install/update ski lifts, and until now I’ve never considered that installing these lifts starts with some gigantic explosions.

Spruce Peak at Stowe (Vermont) is installing new ski lifts on the Spruce Peak Triple line for the 2017-2018 ski season and this means they’re blowing up the side of the mountain to make craters. They’ve released this awesome montage of just how many explosions are required to install the new ski lift:

 

Why the need for all these blasts? Spruce Peak talked about it in a blog post on their Sunday River blog:

This blasting took place on several sections of the old Spruce Peak Triple line. The ledge up at the top looks quite a bit different now and will make for a great new pad for the top terminal of the new Spruce Peak Triple.
Oh, and you can expect to ski over to Downdraft versus “up.” Progress!
This work makes way for our ability to start flying in concrete for the new Spruce Peak Triple’s lift towers and top terminal, which we expect to happen in the coming weeks.

Just another job my H.S. guidance counselor never told me about: the guy who gets to blow massive craters into the side of a mountain in order to build ski lifts. Sounds like a pretty fun way to spend your Summers, doesn’t it? (h/t GrindTV)


TAGSExplosionsSki LiftSki Lift InstallationSpruce PeakSpruce Peak Ski

Join The Discussion