The new lift line has been cut! This is what it looked like under some late-April snow.
The work is well underway for our new lift. The lift line has been cut, and Leitner Poma, our lift manufacturer, was out to the hill earlier this month to complete their survey. They provided us with a final profile of the new lift - an Alpha 80 - and we approved it. It's a pretty neat looking set-up, and we're already excited to use it this winter.
Now the real work begins.
Here is what the new lift will look like. The quad photographed here is at Canada's Glen Eden ski area.
Leitner Poma will now engineer the lift and purchase parts while our team begins preparing for the new lift's installation. Over the next few weeks, our mountain crews will spend most of their time removing tree limbs, while taking down and skidding the trees that we removed for the new lift line. Furthermore, we'll also take down any additional dead standing or hazard trees. We expect to have much of this complete when Poma returns for their next steps in July.
As many of you are aware, the Southwest has seen its fair share of moisture these last few weeks. As a matter of fact, the US National Weather Service in Albuquerque reports that much of New Mexico is 200-400% above average in terms of precipitation! Taos County is no exception: April and May have been some of the wettest months in recent history. Our own Rio Pueblo river, which flows right by our resort, is really moving and is up about two feet. This is only the third time I've ever seen the water so high.
The mighty Rio Pueblo. Watch the flow live here on our webcam.
Warmer, drier temperatures are expected next week, and we'll resume our tree clearing then once we've dried out a bit.
Also, a quick update to those who may visit our disc golf course for the holiday weekend: all 20 baskets are currently open and accessible. We expect to close a couple of holes again next week - we will keep you posted on those changes as well as all updates surrounding our lift here.
Leitner-Poma completes their surveys at Sipapu.