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An Update on the Timberline Lift

Update 4/8/15: Despite the best efforts of our lift maintenance staff, we will not be able to acquire a new drive shaft for the Timberline quad in time to reopen it this season. We will make the replacement during the summer months, and have the lift ready to operate for the 15/16 season.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (April 2, 2015) - Following the initial findings in the investigation of the King Pine lift accident, Sugarloaf's lift maintenance team conducted a thorough inspection of the gear box on the Timberline lift this week. The inspection had been scheduled for this summer, but given the similarity of the lift to King Pine, the lift maintenance staff elected to perform the inspection immediately.

The Timberline lift is the most similar in design to King Pine of any of Sugarloaf's lifts. Many of the components in the Timberline lift, including the braking systems, were updated to newer designs when Timberline moved to its current location, but the gear boxes remain essentially identical to those found in the King Pine lift. 

The inspection focused on the gear boxes and drive shaft, as the King Pine investigation identified a fracture of the drive shaft as the initial triggering event for the accident on that lift. 

While the Timberline inspection did not reveal any damage that would suggest a similar event was imminent or at all likely, it did reveal an abnormal level of wear and tear to the drive shaft. As a precautionary measure, our lift maintenance team has elected to take the lift out of service until a new drive shaft can be installed. 

Our lift team is working on sourcing a new drive shaft and we are hopeful that we will be able to locate one in time to reopen the lift this season. The lift is likely to be closed this weekend, and will remain closed until a new drive shaft can be installed. 

While Timberline is down we will provide transportation via passenger snowcat from Spillway Crosscut to the summit on days when summit conditions are favorable. The summit will also remain open to hiking when conditions allow.

The King Pine lift will remain closed for the remainder of the season. 

We will update you as soon as the work on the lift is complete, or when any new information is available.