West Lake: Early May Update
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
We’ll it’s been a month since we checked in with the teams over on the West Lake Water Project, so I sat down to talk updates with Brendan Ryan, VP of Projects at Peak Resorts, who is running the show over there. Here’s what we discussed.
First off, let’s talk pipelines. We’ve been making great progress stringing out our 24” pipe that will eventually connect West Lake’s 120,000,000 gallons of water with Mount Snow. The team from G.W. Tatro Construction pushed past Mann Road last week, and are slated to make it Sturgis Road by the end of next week. For an idea of what that looks like, check out our recent site visit .
Speaking of pipes. Did you know that we’re installing a total 100,000 feet of new pipeline on-mountain to help feed all this glorious new water to our network of pump houses and guns? This year we will be installing 33,500 feet of it, and with that project humming along as well, and we’ve now staged over 70% of that pipe on the mountain, ready and waiting for final install.
As for the pumphouses, our main pumphouse at the base of Grommet Lift (Old Ski Baba) has been fully excavated, and all of the subterranean mechanical and conduit are in place and ready for us to begin pouring our foundation by the end of next week.
Finally, it’s time for out with the old, and in with the new when it comes to snowmaking buildings, as we have begun to decommission our current snowmaking building that is located to looker’s left of the existing Carinthia base lodge. At the same time, work is wrapping up on our new snowmaking headquarters located in the Mountain Ops building in our Main Base Area.
All in all, things are progressing quite nicely and we’re all happy with the progress that has been made so far.
Check back next week for another video update.
A few images from our site visit last week.
Killing two birds with one stone by installing a new culvert underneath Handle Road near where our pipeline will cross beneath the road. This way the road won't need to be dug back up for years, leading to fewer traffic interuptions in the future.
Peparing overburden to cover up newly installed pipeline ahead of installation operations continuing in the background.
It takes one weld at a time to install our pipeline 50 feet at a time, which means hard work for the welders from G.W. Tatro. If you see one of these guys in the local watering holes, buy them a much deserved frosty beverage.